Layla is studying History at the University of Kent, Canterbury, and is spending her year abroad at the University of Miami in Florida. Find out how she's getting on transitioning into life at university in the United States...
Phoebe Rees is doing English and American studies at the University of Leicester, and is preparing to spend her year abroad at the University of Alabama in the USA's "deep south". Here's her advice based on her research, bookings and preparations for a year in Alabama.
Layla Haidrani, 21, is studying History at the University of Kent, Canterbury and will be spending a semester abroad at University of Miami in the United States in Fall 2013. You can follow her on Twitter @layla_haidrani as she prepares for life across the pond.
George Ward spent nearly four months on exchange in Toronto, Canada, in the first term of his 3rd year Journalism studies at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. Some of this Mole Diary was originally documented in his blog, but here he tells us in more detail about Toronto and shares some general tips for all exchangers.
If you choose to study in an English-speaking country, you might turn your attention to the States and Canada. With top universities and colleges, high-ranking departments and a reputation for first-class lectures, it’s easy to see why. Inevitably, rising tuition fees and living costs in the UK have boosted the trend to go to North America for many students - either for full-time study or a year abroad. Although studying across the pond is not exactly chump change, with many colleges in the US charging upwards of $30,000 in private institutions and Canada marginally cheaper at $25,000 for international students, it is still an appealing option for many. Aside from the fact financial help is available through grants and bursaries and the bureaucratic paperwork studying abroad may entail, over 9,000 UK students decided to make the switch. The big question is: where should you study, Columbia, UCLA and Harvard or McGill, British Columbia or Trent? Read on to find out what are the pros and cons to each country and what they could offer you.