Being able to live in another country and travel the world for a few months, was definitely my dream for many years. I dreamt of backpacking all over the world, visiting the coolest and the prettiest sights in the world. Studying abroad in London has gotten me a step closer to that dream. Being able to travel and see more than just one country was my main wish when picking a place to study abroad. I truly feel that studying in England, specifically at the University of Roehampton, is one of the best options when it comes to traveling all over the world.
Here are my 4 reasons Roehampton is perfect for travel bugs:
1. Manageable Workload
First of all, comparable to the course load many of us college students in the United States are expected to follow each semester, I found the course load at the University of Roehampton and all over the UK to be very manageable and a little less rigorous. I took only 3 classes my semester and the classes only met once a week, a schedule common at Roehampton. And, many courses don’t require a lot of assignments until the last few weeks of classes. The workload, in my opinion and in the opinion of many of my peers, is extremely manageable especially if you want to travel around on a weekend or 2 during the term.
2. Lots of Break for Travel
The amount of breaks you get as a student at the University of Roehampton is really nice and allows for a lot of time to travel. There is a reading week in the middle of your semester, a spring break you could call it, that I believe most UK schools provide. This gives students an opportunity to catch up on assignments or readings they’re are behind on, or gives students a little break when they could take a trip out of the country for a few days. My friends and I choose to use that time to take day trips and discover the UK a bit more. If that one week in the middle of the term isn’t enough time, there is also an Easter break at Roehampton from April 1st to May 1st. Roehampton often has finals due that last week of April or first week of May, but this is a good time to spread out work and fit in a few trips.
3. Convenient Public Transportation
The University of Roehampton is located just outside of Central London, and is close to two of the major airports you will most likely be flying out of if you’re going abroad; London Gatwick and Heathrow. Both are just a short tube, or Uber ride, away from the University.
4. Affordable Flights Around Europe
London has 5 airports which definitely makes it a hub for transportation all around Europe and the world. One of the most amazing things I have come to find out is that it can actually be pretty easy to find affordable flights for destinations all over Europe. Airlines like Ryanair, Easyjet and Vueling can sometimes have really great rates depending on when and where you are planning to go. Just be careful of any hidden fees!! If you don’t like flying and the process of getting over to London was enough for you, there’s also the Eurostar train that can bring you from London to Paris and a few more destinations in Europe in just a few hours.
From the ample vacation time to the convenient location of London and the University of Roehampton, there are so many things that make it an ideal destination for those who want to travel. During my time on the CIS Abroad Semester in London – University of Roehampton program, I visited more than 30 different cities and 6 countries and I am so grateful that I choose a place like London that could make European travel so accessible.