Durham University Student Blogs

Category - Study abroad

Voyages d’une Parisienne au Népal (PhD student research in Nepal)

I was an undergraduate and later an MA student in the Department of Archaeology here in Durham and, after an interval of a few years in Paris, I am now back as a PhD student. One of the (many) reasons why I have kept coming back to Durham is the opportunities that I have been given here to get involved in a variety of projects, ranging from field...

A few ways to celebrate Christmas as an International Student in the UK

Christmas is just round the corner, are you ready for it?  As an international student, I understand sometimes it may be difficult for us to go home during this peak season due to the un-affordable price of a flight ticket.  However, I think it’s not a bad idea to celebrate Christmas in a foreign country because you can always do something...

Studying abroad in Tokyo

Why did you apply to study abroad? Studying abroad has a huge array of benefits, including increased employability, serious improvement of your language skills, and a chance to meet contacts from around the world. But when I applied, I only thought of these factors as bonuses. The reason I applied to study abroad is because I was bored of the UK...

Studying abroad in Malta

  I applied to study abroad for a number of reasons, the main one being that I knew it would look excellent on my CV and improve my employability. I also knew that living abroad on my own for a year was something that was out of my comfort zone. It would give me the next level of maturity and self-sufficiency, it would broaden my wordly...

Studying abroad in Canada

  My expectations for my year out had always been high. I aspired to live the Canadian mountain life of hiking, snowboarding, and total immersion in nature, and Calgary, Alberta was the next best thing. A thriving, young city, a short hour’s drive from the mountains, with a huge university which oozes with North American community spirit...

My year at the University of Hong Kong

  I’m Max, a final year mechanical engineering student who just spent a year at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). During that time, I visited 11 countries, learnt the basics of Cantonese (no easy feat), and made friends from around the world. I took fascinating engineering courses taught in a world-leading environment, got fully...

Why study abroad?

Read this Q&A with Ellen Hill where she explains her reasons for choosing to study abroad and what she has gained from the experience. Why did you apply to study abroad? I wanted a change of scenery from Durham, so I applied to places that were the polar opposite of Durham – big, busy cities. I wanted to experience life in a different...

‘Many Languages, One World’ essay competition by Sophia Smith-Galer

Hi, I’m Sophia Smith-Galer, a student at St. Mary’s college, and I have just graduated from Durham with a degree in Spanish and Arabic.  I will be one of 60 delegates going to New York in July after winning the 2016 ‘Many Languages, One World’ essay competition.  10 candidates represent each UN language and we’ll spend a week working...