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Michael
Junior Year Student
Loyola Marymount University
I am a junior at Loyola Marymount University, majoring in political science. I am originally from Bakersfield, California and I studied abroad in London, England during the fall of 2006. It was a great experience and an amazing... I am a junior at Loyola Marymount University, majoring in political science. I am originally from Bakersfield, California and I studied abroad in London, England during the fall of 2006. It was a great experience and an amazing opportunity to learn about a new culture. I fully became a part of the culture and adopted as many British traits as I could. During the semester I also traveled throughout Europe, going to Italy, Ireland, and Germany. It was a wonderful chance to see the world and develop a life within new cultures.

Responses

  1. Be sure to check with your academic advisor and registrar’s office before signing up for classes to make sure that your classes will transfer over to your school. Be sure to take any classes available that will count for your major. Your semester abroad can also be an opportunity to take more fun classes that you wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to take, and will count as upper division electives. As long as you are taking a full load of classes while abroad and are prepared to take full loads once you return home, studying abroad should not keep you from graduating on time.
    4 answers – Deciding On A Program
  2. Studying abroad in a non traditional country, such as India, China, or Latin America, gives the student a chance to experience a culture radically different than our own. While studying in Europe is vastly different than in America, the religious, economic and ethnic make up is very similar to America. The vast majority of the world is made up of developing countries, and studying abroad in one of these non-traditional destinations gives students an eye opening opportunity to experience the “real world”.
    6 answers – Deciding On A Program
  3. I think it’s a good idea to know at least a very minimal amount of the host country’s language before going. The first week or two abroad is a very hectic time, and the stress of this can be reduced by knowing at least a small amount of the native language. Part of the fun of being abroad is learning the language from experience, so it really isn’t necessary to have a thorough knowledge of the language before going.
    4 answers – Before You Leave
  4. Being jet-lagged made the first few days very difficult, but once that wore off I found my new environment (London) easy to adjust to. I think a key thing is to interact as much as possible with the locals even if it seems stressful at the time. If you're at a bar, for example, try making conversation with a friendly looking local. Chances are you’ll end up having an interesting conversation and getting a true feel for what your environment is about.
    5 answers – While Abroad
  5. Eating healthy while abroad is often more difficult to do than it is here at home. Fruits and vegetables can be found anywhere, so I would recommend supplementing your diet with plenty of those. Otherwise, I wouldn’t let concern for health get in the way of enjoying your country’s native cuisine. In England, for example, the traditional breakfast was known as a “fry up” and was pretty much the most unhealthy thing I’ve ever seen. Despite this, I ate them almost daily. It is important to dive completely into your country’s culture, and if unhealthy food is a part of that culture, then so be it.
    4 answers – Health
  6. Estudiando en el extranjero en un país en vías de desarrollo, como la India, China o Latin@américa, le brinda al estudiante la oportunidad de experimentar una cultura radicalmente diferente a la nuestra. Aún cuando la enseñanza y el sistema universitario en Europa son bastante diferentes a los de Norteamérica, la composición religiosa, económica y étnica es semejante a la norteamericana. La mayoría de países en nuestro planeta son del Tercer Mundo y pienso que la oportunidad de estudiar en uno de ellos es la forma en que puedes ver con tus propios ojos “el mundo real.”
    4 respuestas – Decidiéndose por un programa – Preocupaciones: antes de salir
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