Upon arrival

What is the first day like when you arrive? What’s it like settling in the first week? Our Globetrotters reflect on first impressions and the excitement of arriving in their host countries.



Erasmus: The first few days

Posted on 3 January 2015 by Chloë Hathway

The first week of the year abroad is possibly one of the most challenging and daunting of your life so far, but don’t let that put you off! Although it was difficult and stressful, it was also a huge learning curve, and is well worth working through as you reap the benefits later on! As
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The start of my time in Chambéry, France

Posted on 21 December 2014 by Alice Whelan

I am a French and Spanish third year student at Cardiff University, currently in south-east France in the small Alpine city of Chambéry. For the first semester of my Year Abroad I am studying here at the Université de Savoie, before heading to Spain in February to focus on my Spanish at the Universidad de
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Making it to Nantes

Posted on 8 December 2014 by Chloë Hathway

Bonjour from France! I’m a third year BA French & Italian student, currently on my Year Abroad which is a compulsory component of my degree (lucky me!). Although I’ve been living in France for almost three months now (!), I thought I would start by telling you all how I managed to get here in
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The city of Leuven – how did it ‘plan’ out?

Posted on 28 August 2014 by Wendy Maden

Wendy Maden, final year student on the BSc City and Regional Planning, reflects on her experience of studying abroad through the Erasmus programme Wendy, third from the right, pictured in Leuven with friends made while on the Erasmus programme. Wendy stated: “This photo summarises Erasmus quite well: Swedish, Italian, German, British, Israeli and Italian in
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Nearly two weeks in LA!

Posted on 21 August 2014 by Lauren Booth

Well, I’ve been in Los Angeles for 11 days now, and have had the most fantastic time. Getting moved in was pretty nerve wracking (just knowing which way to cross the street can be a challenge sometimes!) and it’s taken me a good week to get settled down in a proper routine, but its been
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Summer School at Xiamen University

Posted on 18 August 2014 by Lowri Allen

Spending my summer studying in China has been a fantastic opportunity, the China university experience is very different to that of the UK but is equally enjoyable.  My course at Xiamen University, in the Fujian province of South East China, focused on learning Mandarin with classes on the Chinese economy, culture and business in the
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The bright lights of Hong Kong

Posted on 13 August 2014 by Lara Bridge

After a 30 hour journey and several flight delays, we finally arrived in Hong Kong. The first shock occurred as we stepped out of the cool air conditioned airport, and into the hot and humid weather. The sweating had begun. Something you have to get used to in China. After our failed attempt to acclimatise,
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Arriving at Xiamen University

Posted on 28 July 2014 by Vanessa Yau

NI men hao! (Hello!) it’s the end of my first school week here at the Overseas college in Xiamen and I’m well on my way to settling in. I arrived in Xiamen on 29th June from Hong Kong where the climate is almost identical to Xiamen (but there is more air-con and a lot less
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