CISABROAD BLOG · April 19, 2016 · 2 Min Read
Study Abroad: An Educational Experience in and out of the Classroom

Erin K

Erin K. studies Media Arts and Design at James Madison University, and is doing a Semester in London with CISabroad. Learn more about her studies and travels here, and stay tuned for more great posts from Erin!


My study abroad experience has given me so many opportunities to learn both in and out of the classroom. In fact, I have definitely spent more time studying things other than my classes.

The classes are set up much differently here than in the United States. Instead of going to each class two to three times a week with endless assignments, each class meets once a week and only has two to three assignments for the entire semester. This much free time gave me the opportunity to get out and learn about London’s culture, history, food, geography, and more. I have also been able to travel many places outside of London and learn about many different European countries.

In addition to learning about the culture in the UK and Europe, I have also learned a lot about myself. I have learned that I am not a city person. I absolutely love London, but sometimes the crowds and traffic are just too much. I often long for the peaceful solitude of sitting on top of a mountain. I have also learned that I really like to keep busy. There is hardly a moment that I am not doing anything, which makes London an ideal city to be in.

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Big Ben, London, England.

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Place Massena, Nice, France

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Eiffel Tower, Paris, France.

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Schlosspark, Interlaken, Switzerland.

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Florence Cathedral, Florence, Italy.

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Venice, Italy.

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