Ever since I came to UCSB and became a global major I’ve been interested in traveling abroad. I had set my eyes and heart on France ever since I began learning the language back in High School. I was determined to go to Paris and study! However that didn’t really happen. I never qualified for the right program at my university’s education abroad program =(
After my best friend got accepted and went to Paris for a fall semester, I decided that it was time to get my shit together and take advantage of any opportunities. I then began my search for programs. Luckily for me EAP at UCSB is pretty efficient always around getting people informed and recruiting almost religiously. One day I went to their fair. They had so many programs that made me realize ” …hey maybe after all I don’t have to go only to France” so I decided to open my options, my eyes and my heart.
Another place I’ve been dying to go to is England, particularly London! As I walked past the tables for each program I noticed 2 programs in England that I thought would be perfect for me. One over the summer and one in fall. The one over the summer was in a nice little city called Brighton, 8 week program jam packed with excursions and fun activities. The other one was actually in London. However it was not an immersion program, like I wanted. Both programs seemed do-able. I also browsed through other programs in Europe including Italy programs. One particularly caught my attention the UC Siena program in which they had both a summer and fall semester.
It hard to think about what program I wanted to do more and what country I was going to choose, then the idea came to me…I could do mulitple programs, in order get to experience two countries in Europe and to get more for my buck. So now I just needed to figure out which country I would pick for the summer and which one would I pick for the fall. Idealy I wanted to be in England longer, because I actually knew the language and frankly I was more interested.