Location: Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
Language of Instruction: English
History Year Abroad Student Views
- Living in the US during Trump's inauguration, it was interesting to see people's views of foreign people living in their own country; where some welcomed me with open arms, I felt that others were hostile from afar.
- The experience was stereotypically "American", in that people were extremely driven, yet I found everyone to be kind and accepting of me.
- Due to the nature of an American degree, I was able to take classes in a variety of majors . . . I have learned lots about the American political system, gained a deeper insight into US history (in particular the Southwest) and furthered my interest in Sociology.
- I joined a national sorority, Omega Phi Alpha. I fully threw myself into Greek life, which was something that I'd always wanted to do.
- I have developed my public relations skills immensely, through taking a PR class at NAU. This is a career path that I want to go into, so being able to take this class and learn how to compile media kits is something that I can now do, and put on my CV.
- NAU is located in a beautiful place surrounded by wonderful scenery and only a 1 hour drive from the Grand Canyon. California and the rest of the West coast are also easy to visit from Flagstaff and so I was able to spend time travelling to these places.
- Certainly one of the biggest differences was the food culture. Going from a university setting where you cook your own meals everyday to an experience where its expected that you get meals from University run places was weird to get into the swing of.
- I ended up being involved in a number of societies during my time at NAU and became treasurer of the International Student club which meant I looked after the finances and helped put on several events for international students from across the world to attend and experience American culture (e.g. Halloween and Superbowl parties).
- I became the Director of Communications for the Northern Arizona Young Democrats which meant that I organised outreach to students via email, organised meetings as well as helped take part in campaigning in the midterm elections, helping at an official Democrat fundraiser and taking part in local party meetings.
- It was interesting to experience how the historical legacy of Britain as a nation still very much impacts how people from all areas of the globe see British people today. While this was probably in part due to studying history, on multiple occasions I fielded questions from students and teachers about British perspective on British colonialism and while this was uncomfortable at times, it was an interesting example of seeing how other cultures view British history and vice versa, thus promoting intercultural understanding.
- A skill I improved on was the ability to converse and discuss with people from a completely different cultural background and upbringing to my own.
- I was most surprised at how different the USA is to the UK in everyday life. It is a common perception that the two cultures are similar if not the same and I found this not to be the case at all.
- I gained knowledge in areas of history that I would not have had the opportunity to have learned in the UK – for example Arizona is a prominent place for Native Americans and as such there were many classes with a focus on this which I found very interesting and different.
Please note that not all institutions are available each year, and places will be allocated on a competitive basis. Partnerships may be added or withdrawn at any time, and are always subject to availability. The institutions available each year will be posted in the preceding Autumn Term.
Year Abroad Contacts:
Professor Tim Lockley
Director of Study Abroad Programmes
Mrs Val Melling
Tel: +44 (0)24 765 22502
HistoryOffice at warwick dot ac dot uk