Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is a non-profit organisation run by students for students, promoting study abroad among 42 participating countries. Have a read below for Caitlin's review of how our students will continue to benefit from all the ESN has to offer post-Brexit... When the UK voted to leave the European Union in 2016, it … Continue reading A review of how UK universities will continue to participate in and benefit from ESN in a post-Brexit climate. By ESN QMUL President, Caitlin Evans.
Why did you choose to finish your final semester at Queen Mary in Athens instead of London? After having to cut short my year abroad in Utrecht (one of the best experiences of my life) in March 2020 because of the pandemic, I moved back home to Athens, Greece, where I spent the following five … Continue reading ‘My Experience Studying Remotely & How the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) Fit into It’ by Queen Mary Law student, Yara Hourani.
Welcome to the second blog post in our 'Spotlight on the ESN!' series. Meet Emily, final year History student and the current Erasmus Student Network (ESN) Vice-President and Welfare Representative at Queen Mary. She decided to get involved with ESN after her year abroad at VU Amsterdam, in which ESN played a huge part. Read … Continue reading “Remember to take all the opportunities that come your way on your exchange… This is what an international exchange is all about!”
Miriam studied abroad at Queen Mary University of London from Scripps College in the US for a full academic year, from September 2016 to June 2017. Currently working in France as a Language Assistant, Miriam is planning a return to the UK later on this year in order to pursue postgraduate studies in international education.Have … Continue reading Keeping the study abroad adventure going
Marcel from the University of Zürich in Switzerland reviews what a difference a year can make, from the point of applying to study abroad, to finally getting here... Over a year ago, after visiting a few events and talking with some people, I got excited about doing an exchange semester. I talked about it with … Continue reading A tricky Eurostar journey, quarantine and a newfound love for Marmite…
As a Modern Languages student at Queen Mary, Cassandra spent the autumn semester studying abroad at Sorbonne Université in Paris, and is currently waiting in anticipation to embark on her spring semester placement at Universidad de Salamanca in Spain. Cassandra invites you to join her on a Parisian culinary adventure, from the comfort of your … Continue reading Food Hunting in Paris: How to turn your Year Abroad experience into an unforgettable culinary experience (amidst a pandemic)
Welcome to the first blog post in our new series: 'Spotlight on the ESN!' Our first contribution is from President of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) at Queen Mary, Caitlin Evans, who would like to introduce you to the ESN and how you can get involved! What is ESN? When you arrive at your study … Continue reading ESN QMUL 101 – All You Need to Know
Hanne Sofie joined the Queen Mary University of London Study Abroad programme in January 2021, in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, when London had entered its third Lockdown. Discover more about her experiences of these strange times below, and how you can always gain something from every experience, no matter how far from ideal … Continue reading Studying abroad mid-global pandemic. Life in Lockdown London.
Matilda, a Queen Mary History student, studied abroad at Northeastern University in Boston and reflects upon that famous American school spirit, English language barriers & the Beanpot... When I left London for a year abroad in Boston, I had no idea what to expect. I thought moving from Leeds to London was a culture shock, … Continue reading The Brit in Beantown
Anton studied abroad with us last semester, from September to December 2020. As a student at the University of Copenhagen, Anton was looking forward to his study abroad semester in London, as part of the Erasmus+ Exchange programme. As the global pandemic continued and Europe was experiencing its so-called 'second wave', and with restrictions in … Continue reading Studying at Queen Mary from Colombia during Covid-19
Feranmi is in her fourth & final year of studying Comparative Literature at Queen Mary after studying abroad at Seoul National University in South Korea. You may remember her brilliant Instagram Takeover a few months ago, and she's here now to provide an overview of her incredible adventure! It’s a terrifying experience; leaving behind everything … Continue reading Where I Need To Be
Vittoria is a final year student in the School of Business and Management, and studied abroad at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Looking to study abroad in Melbourne in the future, or maybe just fancy a trip over? Take a look below for Vittoria's bullet point guide to the city! Studying for a year … Continue reading How to Melbourne like a Pro
Haym Singh Panesar studied abroad at the University of California, Berkeley. Haym is in his 5th and final year of an MSci in Physics with a Year Abroad. Haym reflects on his time in the US, of teaching London slang, and of how studying abroad can be a refresh for the mind... Studying abroad was … Continue reading “An experience like this is not possible under most circumstances; it’s more than studying or a holiday.”
Elsa Li studied abroad at the University of Hong Kong as part of her Geography degree. Since her return to Queen Mary (Elsa is now completing her final year of studies with us), she reflects on some of the things she wishes she had known before studying abroad in the hope of helping you as … Continue reading 8 things I wish I knew before studying abroad/things I learnt along the way…
Hello everyone! I’m Ceyda, I study Biological Sciences and completed a year abroad at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU). I must say, it has been one of the best highlights of my life so far and am very grateful to have had this opportunity through Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). It was an incredible … Continue reading Life at ‘Lion City’, Singapore!
Esiri is in her final year of studying Computer Science and Multimedia at Queen Mary University of London after studying abroad at Seoul National University. Read Esiri's post to explore some of her insights and experiences of studying abroad as a Black woman in South Korea. "Is that your real hair?” I'm asked in Korean, … Continue reading From Familiar to Foreign…
As an English & Creative Writing student at Queen Mary, Caitlin had the wonderful opportunity to study abroad at one of our Ivy League partners, the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Caitlin reflects on her study abroad journey and the biggest difference it made to her life. I’ve never been one to easily make friends. … Continue reading “An unlikely pair against all odds”. Studying abroad and how it resulted in a friendship for life…
Emmanuel is a Film Studies student at Queen Mary who studied abroad at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) as part of his degree programme last academic year. He is one of our Global Opportunities Ambassadors & shares some of his experiences with us below. UCLA is a great university. It’s located in the amazing … Continue reading Life in the Golden State: from the Undie Run, School Pride and the LA food scene, to patriotism and racism in the US…
Queen Mary Comparative Literature student, Ruby Punt, studied abroad at Seoul National University during her third year of studying. And what a year it was! Take a look below for Ruby's top 5 things to do in South Korea... During my third year I completed an exchange programme in South Korea at Seoul National University. … Continue reading Top 5 Things To Do in South Korea!
Departing from Melbourne in January for my first time travelling overseas, I was very excited to start my semester at Queen Mary University of London. Despite the challenging circumstances my exchange took place in, studying at Queen Mary has been an amazing experience! My typical weekday would start with chatting to my flatmates, and then … Continue reading A Day in the Life of a student studying abroad at Queen Mary. Laura Gillespie, Monash University.
For the Spring Semester of 2020, I made the decision to study abroad. I had never been to Europe and my dream was to spend a semester in London, leading me to study with Queen Mary. Although struck with nerves from the anticipation of my time abroad, there was something in my heart that assured … Continue reading Class, Coffee, and Cheers: Studying Abroad in London according to Jordan Lichtenheld from the University of Colorado, Boulder
Will Estony is currently studying abroad with us through IFSA from Trinity College of Connecticut. When I (Jess of the Global Opportunities team) first met Will, after letting him know the pride I have for being from the best city in the North (disclaimer: this is personal bias and not exactly what we'd call a … Continue reading A weekend away from the Big Smoke…getting to know other parts of the UK.
I have been here for one month now. Still feel down about the wet days and expensive public transport sometimes, but I have started to see the loveliness of this city. London has done a really good job at providing space for people to spend their leisure time and learn about its history and culture. … Continue reading One Month in. One month of memories. By Xiaodan Ning.
My name is Ingrid, I'm French and I'm studying at Queen Mary for my spring semester as a part of the Erasmus+ Programme and as part of my postgraduate studies at ENSAI. I think the scariest thing about studying abroad is leaving our current lives, especially our little everyday habits. We are used to living … Continue reading Starting a new life abroad…Ingrid Ouedraogo, ENSAI, France.
Traveling around Europe can sometimes be difficult as a vegetarian or vegan. Germany is known for its heavy meat dishes like schnitzel and bratwurst. Spain has Jamón Ibérico and chorizo. France, of course, has escargots. Knowing all this before coming to London, I believed it would be just as difficult to find options that suited … Continue reading Easy-(Pea)sy: Vegetarian and Vegan Eating in London. Carolyn Bradley, University of Southern California.
It's not easy for a new Associate student to live a good life in London... London is an amazing city with the most convenient living environment, yet has a relatively high cost of living. So how can we balance the two, and enjoy the life of studying abroad in London within a reasonable budget? I'm … Continue reading London Study Abroad Survival Guide – The Supermarket, according to Zihan Fan from Shanghai University of Finance & Economics.
My name is Laura, and I’m an Associate student studying International Relations and English at Queen Mary this semester. I’ve traveled all the way from Monash University in Melbourne, which has been a surreal but fantastic experience! I’ve gone from 40 degree days to 2 degree days, traded in possums for some very cute squirrels, … Continue reading From possums to squirrels… Laura Gillespie, Monash University, Melbourne.
I have been in London for about two weeks now. My first time overseas, I came here with a mix of much anxiety and excitement. I have to say that the first few days really disappointed me. My schoolmate and I spent a long time at border control, missing the last pick-up coach from Heathrow … Continue reading A lot can change in two weeks: Xiaodan Ning, Shanghai University of Finance & Economics.
Greetings! My name is Jordan, and I will be an Associate (study abroad) student this semester at Queen Mary University of London. I have journeyed from my home institution of the University of Colorado, Boulder in the U.S. all the way to the UK as part of an exchange program, and I am overflowing with … Continue reading The Ultimate Young Person Adventure: Studying Abroad. Jordan Lichtenheld, University of Colorado Boulder.
Hi! My name is Alix Curnow and I am a theatre arts student at the University of Michigan in the USA! I decided to apply for 'The London Scene' at Queen Mary University of London because of its focus on integrating students into theatre in the city of London specifically. I have had a ton … Continue reading From Michigan to London, seeking out the theatre scene…Alix Curnow, University of Michigan
Like most people before their year abroad I was nervous. For me, the main worries concerned whether I’d make any friends and whether I’d be able to have fun in a place that was so different to home. My primary concern was whether I could find friends among people I thought would be so different … Continue reading A Year in Istanbul at Koç University. Reflections from Harvey Jones, History & Politics student at Queen Mary.
As a young woman whose biggest travel leap of faith has been across the pond, I was anxious about taking a trip all by myself. But whenever friends couldn’t make it and Barcelona called, I decided to just go for it! Here are a few things I learned so you don’t have to. Learn the … Continue reading Yes… you can solo travel too! Alexis Buncich, Columbia University (Sep-Dec 2019)
It didn’t really surprise me to find that people dressed in a more formal and curated manner when I first arrived in London. Afterall, I’d spent enough time in New York to know that being in a cosmopolitan city made for greater variety and value given to fashion. What I didn’t expect was the astonishingly … Continue reading Starting Off on the Right Foot – Sharon Hammer, Hamilton College (Sep-Dec 2019)
One of my favorite things to do is meet Londoners and tell them that I’ve never done *insert common Londoner thing*. They become a bit red in the face and take it upon themselves to personally see to it that I experience that thing. Before coming here, I had never been to Tesco, or had … Continue reading Julia Mathur, University of California, Merced (Sep-Dec 2019)
Hi everyone! My name is Aneeza Asif and I am a junior studying Cell and Molecular Biology at Barnard College of Columbia University in New York City. I am a native New Yorker and have been living in Brooklyn, NY since my family and I first immigrated to the United States when I was five … Continue reading Aneeza Asif, Barnard College (Jan-May 2020)
Shoreditch, located in East London, is a bustling hub filled with delicious food and stunning street art. If you’re not afraid of crowds, the best time to go is during the Sunday Market. But if you do make the trip, make sure you go on an empty stomach. Here are some places I tried and … Continue reading A Taste of Shoreditch – Stephanie Du, Scripps College (Sep-Dec 2019)
The custom surrounding accents in Spanish are quite similar to those of English in the UK: the way you speak gives nearly all the information someone needs to place you, from where you grew up, to your economic class to your education level. When I was working this past summer at a local burger restaurant … Continue reading Being “Sort-of” but “Not Quite” in London – Sharon Hammer, Hamilton College (Sep-Dec 2019)
Yes, London is different and, to its credit, I am a different person here. I’ve been thinking about it a lot and I’ve decided that the hinge point of all this change is that, for the first time in my academic career, I have time. I am coming from a college with nearly double the … Continue reading Time After No Time – Maggie Olmsted, Wellesley College (Sep-Dec 2019)
Hello, hello to you all! My name is Julia, I am from the University of California Merced, and this is my first installment of my existence in London. As it so happens on a college campus, every day I meet new people; which means that several times a day I am doing the ‘Small Talk … Continue reading Are you doing the ‘Small Talk Dance’ too? Julia Mathur, UC Merced (Sep-Dec 2019)
Catarina, QMUL English student, studying abroad at UCSB 2019/20 I feel super excited to have the opportunity to spend a year abroad at a top university in California, USA. I am an English major studying at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). I took this year abroad as an opportunity to grow, to expand my … Continue reading California dreamin’ -Catarina De Oliveira Grangeon Pereira
As a small-town girl, enrolling in Columbia University in the City of New York was my first opportunity to live in a huge city, and as a consequence, I am desperately in love with New York. When I decided to study abroad here at Queen Mary in London, rather than being nervous I would miss … Continue reading “You drink tea?” Alexis Buncich, Columbia University (Sep-Dec 2019)
Getting to know my new home city: ...when the opportunity arose to get as far out of my comfort zone as possible and study in London fall semester of my final year, I dove right in! Even in a jet-lagged haze after about twelve hours of travel, powered by granola and countless coffees, there was … Continue reading I Think I’m Going to Like It Here. Sharon Hammer, Hamilton College (Sep-Dec 2019)
I know it is a bit late for such an article but I am sure it can still be helpful to some of you. Exams season is a highly stressful and depressing period. But isn’t there a way to make it easier? Let’s try! What I am writing will obviously depend on the kind of … Continue reading Exams season: survival guide – Delphine Martineau
Probably one of my biggest fears when going abroad to study in the US 3 years ago and again upon my arrival in UK was that I would not be able to stay true to my culture and values held by my people. Kazakhstan, being a country of only 17 million people, does not have … Continue reading Retaining my Kazakh identity while studying abroad – Bakdaulet Baitan
After first visiting London as a tourist five years ago, I returned this year to live and study in the city for the semester, and oh what a different experience it has been! Here are five lessons I have learned over the past four months living in London… Location: Along River Thames near Tower Bridge. … Continue reading 5 Years Apart, 5 Lessons Learned – Sierra DeAngelo
As a junior, it is expected that I will have an internship the summer before my senior year to prepare for life after college. However, I never anticipated I would be abroad when trying to apply for these jobs. I realized I would need to put in 10 times as much effort as I would … Continue reading Applying to Internships While Abroad – Isabel Lohr
When I first got to London I hated it. It was gray, super busy, and no one really seemed to talk to each other. I was crazy jet-lagged, and spent the first two weeks in bed napping or trying to gather enough motivation to do my homework. I struggled to make friends, and I was … Continue reading The Little Things – Lelosa Aimufua
Whilst my time in Shanghai inevitably revolves around my schooling, a year abroad wouldn’t be complete without some extra-curricular activities. The great privilege of a year abroad is complete immersion in a different city, country and way of life. Whilst I can be taught in the classroom about the ins and outs of the Chinese … Continue reading Shanghai; away from the classroom – Holly Pickerell
I have been abroad for nearly two months now and finally feel like I have a handle on how things work around here! I arrived thinking I would be taking three science courses—Physiology, Basic Biochemistry, and Electric & Magnetic Fields—and one drama course but overlap in my timetable required that I drop Physics. I chose … Continue reading How I’m Surviving 2 Sciences in the UK – Sierra DeAngelo