According to the British Embassy in Washington, about 50,000 American students study abroad in London each year. And of those 50,000, twice as many of them are girls.
The bad news? Apparently I am a cliche!
The good news? There’s a reason London is one of the most popular study abroad destinations in the world. Luckily for you (not so much for my bank account), I have spent the past three years learning everything there is to learn about life in London as an American girl, both as a student and as a post-grad. I’m not saying that I’ve studied abroad once. Or twice. Or three times.
I’ve studied abroad in London four separate times. EXCESSIVE, I KNOW!
CAPA London, Spring 2012
API London: UCL, Spring 2013
AIFS London: Fall 2013
University of Westminster (postgraduate): Fall 2014-15
I have been incredibly fortunate to have been able to continually come back to London, and I only share this because I know what’s it like to be an American in London, at every single stage in the study abroad process. And I like to help. There are so many questions that study abroad providers don’t think to answer for you, or can’t answer for you because they don’t know what’s current or their staff (who are usually always wonderful) haven’t been students for awhile.
I’ve included some study abroad advice on these pages and you can find “Study Abroad” posts by clicking on the Study Abroad category, but if you have any question at all, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. Seriously! I made a separate email account just to answer your questions because THAT’S HOW DEDICATED I AM!
In all seriousness, don’t hesitate. Study abroad is an amazing experience, but it can be absolutely terrifying and confusing at times, and even if you just want to ask something that seems ridiculous, please do!