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"I have discovered new academic interests"

What was the biggest difference between LUC and Warwick?

"The size. Leiden University College (LUC) is very small. All classes and student accommodation fit into one tall building in the centre of town, so it took some time to get used to! Due to the size, it was easy to meet new people and attend social events."

What was a highlight of your year abroad?

"I spent a week camping around Texel, a tiny Dutch island in the North covered in brightly coloured tulip fields. I had never seen anything like it before - I definitely recommend a visit!"

How have you benefited from your year abroad?

"I have learnt how to manage loneliness and how to find/stay in contact with like minded people in a foreign city. I have also discovered new academic interests and challenged myself to take intimidating modules."


Sara Mahmud-Marshall

Liberal Arts student

Specialist Interest pathway: Digital Media Culture with Quantative Methods

Intercalated study abroad: Leiden University College

"I was very glad to have the opportunity to learn about histories of other parts of the world"

What was the biggest difference between Monash and Warwick?

"I found Liberal Arts at Warwick to be more complex in terms of content and having an understanding of the Liberal Arts Problem-Based Learning process helped me do really well in Monash’s modules."

How have you benefited from your year abroad?

"I always thought of Australia as a ‘western’ country in the east, however, I was shocked to learn about Australia’s indigenous history and the enduring remnants of its colonial past. My perception of the country was challenged, and I was very glad to have the opportunity to learn about histories of other parts of the world. The lesson for me with this experience was to question my perceptions, learn to identify perceptions driven by the norm and challenge them."

What advice would you give to somebody thinking about studying abroad?

"Take the opportunity to learn about various histories and perspectives of other cultures. Take modules that teach indigenous history/politics; mainly ones that you wouldn’t have the opportunity to study at Warwick. These are the modules that will open your mind to the world!"


Cym

Liberal Arts student

Specialist Interest pathway: Global Social Systems - Representation, Discourse and Ideologies 

Intercalated study abroad: Monash University

"I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to live in Chile and advance my Spanish"

"Before studying in Chile, I never thought I would be able to have a proper conversation in Spanish, let alone learn new subjects. Through the University of Warwick's Language Centre I was able to prepare but I lacked confidence. Immersing myself in this challenging situation abroad made me open up to a new world, where I could appreciate how Spanish differs between countries, how cultures influence it, and where I could study and interact with natives in Spanish.

I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to live in Chile and advance my Spanish."


Kornelia Kennedy

Liberal Arts student

Intercalated study abroad (split placement at Universidad Diego Portales and Leiden University College)

"It is a great opportunity to discover a new culture, meet new people and get out of my comfort zone."

"I have always liked travelling and discovering new cultures but it can be hard to really immerse yourself in a different environment for a long period of time when you have to go back to your regular life after a few weeks. I have chosen to do a study abroad placement because I think it is a great opportunity to discover a new culture, meet new people and get out of my comfort zone.

People don't always get the opportunity to live abroad for an extended period of time and I believe that when the opportunity presents itself, it's best to seize it. I have chosen to spend my year abroad in Hong Kong because Asia is the fastest growing economic region and I believe that it is and will be important in the future to have an understanding of how this region operates."


François Desaulle

Liberal Arts alumnus

Disciplinary Interest pathway: Economics

"I liked the idea of going to Russia, to live in a country that I wouldn’t otherwise be able to see so easily"

"I wanted to make the most of the year abroad, and I couldn’t decide which one to do as I wanted to do both a study abroad and a work placement within the same year. The department made it happen so that I could do the two. I’ll be starting at my work placement in Austria, and then doing the study abroad in Russia. Through the Language Centre I’ve been taking Russian classes, and they have a partnership with the University I will be going to.

I liked the idea of going to Russia, to live in a country that I wouldn’t otherwise be able to see so easily, and to continue learning the language. I’m hoping that my time there will mean that I can have a proper conversation in Russian, as I’ll be studying purely language courses for four months."


Saskia Kaltenbrunner

Liberal Arts student

Study abroad placement at St Petersburg State University, Russia

Specialist Interest pathway: Social Justice