While high school is an important time to grow and explore it also makes it a perfect time to travel the world. England has many sites to see, similar customs to the U.S., and best of all you can communicate with everyone there. High school bloggers agree that studying in England was life changing.
Now these sure sound like great reasons to make England your study abroad destination. And if you need a bit more inspiration, check out these bloggers accounts on their abroad experience.
Whatever you want to study, chances are that England offers it.
The classes you take in England are more than likely going to count towards your high school graduation requirements. But there is also room to not only explore a new country but also a new curriculum. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to take an art class or challenge your mathematics ability – well here’s your chance!
There is always something to do!
Whether you’re visiting and snapping shots at local art galleries, concerts, or markets there are fun times to be had. Adelaide Downey blogged about all the sites she’s seen in England while studying there this year, “We started by going to Buckingham Palace… next we went to the National Gallery which is one of my favorite museums ever!” Downey even had traditional high tea with mini sandwiches, scones and cakes that she sad was “so good!”
While abroad it’s definitely worth to try new food but sometimes it’s nice to have that good old mac n’ cheese that you’re used too. Well lucky for you, England has many similarities to America. Olivia S. went to England at 16 years old and blogged about her experience, “We stopped in a café to get lunch, where I got a toastie (or a grilled cheese to Americans).” There are many cafes too and even common grocery stores. “We also went into a shop called Poundland, which is like a dollar store, except everything is a pound not a dollar,” shared Olivia.
Shorter school days.
Even though you’ll be learning and attending school, you’ll have plenty of free time to explore. This is what Allie Agate blogged about her first week of school, “All of my classes are much easier and shorter than in the U.S. only running an hour. The very British concept of common rooms and free hours were new to all of us.” That’s right, teachers give time for students to hang out with each other in the common room or free time to study, relax, or eat.
Home away from home.
When in England you’ll most likely find yourself taking the bus to school, studying with friends, or grabbing food with others. We shared part of Downey’s blog earlier about the many sites she saw but she also mentioned that soon she felt at home in England. Downey said her days became a routine that she came to love, “Even though it all seems really normal and average for me now, I’m cherishing every second because I know that when I leave I’ll miss all of it!”
Ready to study abroad in high school in England? Let us know in the comments!
Contributed by Samantha Watkins