“[W]hen a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” – Samuel Johnson
Hi! My name is Kasara, and I am a Genshaft/Greenbaum Passport Scholar! This Fall 2016 I have decided to study abroad in the magnificent city of Oxford, England. There is nothing more exhilarating then studying abroad, and I recommend it to literally everyone I meet! Just as it is exhilarating it takes a lot of time and dedication before anyone can have a successful study abroad experience. In this segment of #100DaysinUK, I will be discussing some important things you would need to know if you wish to study abroad in England in the future.
This is what I found to be the most important. Make sure you are well aware of due dates and deadlines so that you have a chance of being accepted into the program you apply for. Make sure you also complete financial aid forms and scholarship applications on time (the earlier you complete them, the better!).
I feel that this section depends on what type of person you are. I am a very heavy packer, so I packed two luggage suitcases and a carry on plus a rather large purse. I made sure to pack a lot of sweaters and jeans because I will be here in the winter. But I probably will have some issues with overweight bagging when I return to the states because I plan on doing some shopping here in Oxford.
This is the most important. I brought with me around $4000 and about £40. The rates at my banks were pretty bad at home (£1=$1.46) so I decided to carry with me at least a third of my money (enough until my scholarship money came in). The rates weren’t that great here (£1=$1.43), but I didn’t have to pay commission so I took it. Some banks have international fees when you are doing money transfers, so I wanted to avoid these as much as I could.
I decided to spend a week in London with my family before I came to Oxford in order to get myself situated. It has been quite an experience; London is truly the greatest city in the world. I also am very grateful to everyone who has helped me get here- my very generous family and university who has helped me fund this trip. I made a short video (First Stop: London, UK #100DaysinUK) detailing my activities before I moved to my new university for this semester, Oxford Brookes University!