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Study abroad adventures down under in Australia

Jessica (BA Dance) and Justin (BSc Business Management) talk about their experiences at Macquarie University, Australia

Titilayo Adebayo

Exchange semester at Manhattanville College, USA

Titlayo Adebayo

Degree Programme: Dance

Period of Study: Spring

Why did you choose to study abroad?

I wanted to study in a new environment and meet new people! After meeting US students on exchange at Roehampton in my first year, I wanted to give this a go too.

Best thing about studying abroad:

One of the best things about studying abroad was discovering new cultures, learning to become more open-minded, and to communicate with others. It made me see my studies in a different light, and meeting new people and experiencing new things increased my confidence. I’m now more positive and hardworking, and discovering a new place has given me a new perspective on my life and world as a whole.

Most challenging aspect of studying abroad:

Having to be careful with my money – there are so many opportunities! The lack of familiarity with my surrounding was also challenging – I made sure I made friends with local students to overcome this.

What have you gained from your time at Manhattanville?

I’ve gained confidence, drive and open-mindedness. I’m more understanding and try to help people - I’ve matured a lot. I’m planning on moving back to New York to work shortly!

Top tip for future study abroad students:

  • Be open! Integrate as much as possible

  • Make friends with local students, get involved and be open to new opportunities

  • Be aware of culture shock – it does happen!

Places visited whilst studying abroad:

  • Washington DC

  • Maryland

  • Connecticut

Justin Swift

Exchange semester at Macquarie University, Australia

Justin Swift and friends

Degree Programme: Business Management

Period of Study: Spring

Why did you choose to study abroad?

I wanted to travel and this was a cheap way to do it - I loved the idea of going to Australia. I knew it would look good on my CV and it would help to experience something very different.

Best thing about studying abroad:

The people you meet – a diverse range of people from different countries, as well as local people. The nature and climate were so different – the weather, the wildlife, the scenery. It was great living in a new city and learning to get around. Starting from scratch was a challenge, but a good one.

Most challenging aspect of studying abroad:

When I first arrived – as well as having jet lag and the heat, there was so much going on. It was an intense first few days. I also missed my family.

What would you say to anyone thinking of applying to study abroad?

Just do it! Don’t overthink it – it seems scary, but just go for it!

Top tips for future study abroad students:

  • Plan well in advance of going
  • Get to know the local area
  • Make plans, get out and about, and don’t waste time – the time abroad passes by quickly!

Places visited whilst studying abroad:

I visited 6 different states whilst in Australia – Tasmania, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Australian Capital Territory (Canberra) and South Australia