3 things to do before leaving London! – by Carly Noah

With less than a week to spend in London, it is finally hitting me that before I know it, I will be back in the Midwest, miles and miles away from the city I have come to call home for the past five months. No longer will I be in walking distance of the tube,…

British-isms – Miriam Frances Jaffe

Swearing, and other British-isms As I near the end of my year in London, I thought I would write up some of the things that make London (and the UK) so quintessentially British… Obviously, I’m not the expert, and these are just my experiences, but don’t get me wrong, I love London and everything about…

Transition Expectations: London to Michigan – Carly Ann Noah

After having spent the past four-and-a-half months traveling around the UK and Europe, one could definitely come to the conclusion that I have been living a life of dreams. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to have traveled so extensively and calling London my home has been such a pleasure in itself. With all…

A day in the life of a Gilman Scholar – Elizabeth in England

Meet Gilman Scholar Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez. Elizabeth is studying at QMUL under the Gilman Scholarship Programme and is blogging along the way! Here is Elizabeth’s fist video blog! You can also follow Elizabeth’s blogging journey on the Gilman Global Experience Blog. Find out more about the Gilman Scholarship Programme here.

Making the most of 24 hours in Iceland – by Carly Ann Noah

Ever since I saw an image of the Blue Lagoon, located in Reykjavik, Iceland, I knew that it was a place that I had to visit at some point in my lifetime. When I came abroad, I hoped that a trip to Iceland would be in my travel itinerary, but wasn’t sure if other people…

A Day in the Life at QMUL – Carly Ann Noah

When one thinks of “study abroad”, glamorous Instagram pictures or scenic Facebook albums usually come to mind. Prior to coming to London, I had the idea that I would be traveling almost every weekend, utilizing the location of London in order to obtain the cheapest flights possible to other countries in the U.K and the…

What to Expect While Adjusting to QMUL – Carly Ann Noah

It’s hard to believe, but more than two months ago I had just arrived in London from Michigan. Stepping off the plane and entering Heathrow, I was a confused, dazed, jet-lagged, about to embark on a semester unlike anything I had experienced before. While I knew the basics about study abroad—made possible by my friends’…

Reading Week in Spain – Carly Ann Noah

“Reading Week” is designed as a time for students to get caught up with their studies and enjoy a little time off from academics. My friends and I decided to make the most of this free time and plan a trip to Spain! It was all of our first experiences with Spain and we wanted…

Convening in Geneva – Miriam Frances Jaffe

Week 7 of the spring semester at Queen Mary is reading week. Much as with last semester’s reading week, I decided to take advantage of my week without class to travel abroad. I chose to, once again, venture into the land of the French, except this time, I went to Switzerland: Geneva to be precise….

The balancing act of study abroad – Elana Medlicott

There are many components to the adventure that is study abroad. Weekends of travel are generally interspersed with the expectation of completing assignments and attending classes. From this, quite the dichotomy emerges. There is a fine line between spending too much time travelling, and missing the important experience of learning in a new culture and…

Copenhagen, Rye Bread, Chairs and Candles! – Carly Ann Noah

I’m feeling especially lucky this Sunday evening, as i have just gotten back to London from an adventurous weekend in the city of Copenhagen, Denmark! a Europe newbie, I had very little prior knowledge of the city of Copenhagen, but am so, so, so glad that I had the opportunity to experience such a cozy…

Ode to London – by Chloe Saker

  If New York is the city that never sleeps, London is the city that never stops giving. I landed on the 4th January. After 24 hours of travelling from Sydney, I was exhausted and nothing could stop me from getting to my flat and sleeping. It’s now the end of January, and after several…

A journey to Oxford & Bath – by Miriam Frances Jaffe

Over the winter holiday break, I got to travel west to visit Oxford and Bath. I only spent a day in each place, and even though there is still so much to see in both of these lovely locations, there is something quaint and quiet about them that make them so different from the bustling…

The Importance of Experiencing London: Alone – by Carly Ann Noah

It’s so hard to believe that I have been in the wonderful city of London for almost a month! Each day seems to fly by, yet I feel as if I am beginning to develop a level of familiarity and comfort with my surroundings. Between classes, homework,  travel, spending time with friends and trying to…

Returning Home – by Charlotte Jones

The two most FAQs I’ve had since returning to the UK are probably: 1. ‘How was America?!’    and 2. ‘Is it weird being back?’ My response to #1 always feels limited. ‘America was good! How was your New Years?’ – It just doesn’t feel suitable. I don’t know how to describe the last four…

72 hours in Paris – by Carly Ann Noah

For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to visit Paris. The glamour of the city has always appealed to me, as has the rapid, unapologetic French language. Thus, when an opportunity to spend three days in Paris was presented during my first few weeks at Queen Mary, I couldn’t refuse. Here’s…

An introvert’s survival guide to study abroad – by Elana Medlicott

Studying overseas is generally depicted as an adventure of a lifetime, an ongoing party (with some studying on the side), and what will undoubtedly be one of the greatest experiences of one’s life. I am not going to attempt to dispute these perceptions, because frankly, I believe them to be true. However, what is often…

Lessons from London – by Miriam Frances Jaffe

The other week I was asked to give some advice to incoming students about studying abroad in London. It’s bizarre to think I’ve been here for an entire semester, and yet, I feel like I only just arrived. At the moment, I’m in an awkward limbo between feeling like a tourist in this city, and…

Tips for studying abroad in London – by Miriam Frances Jaffe

I have always known that at some point during my academic career, I would study abroad. In my sophomore year of college, I decided to come to Queen Mary University in London for my junior year, and I’ve never looked back. Staying for the year has (so far) proved to be the best decision I…

A weekend away – by Zac Turner

A year abroad in the south of France is not complete without frequent visits to Nice. And three visits in three months does it nicely, even if the second was only a brief stop on the way to Monaco, a mere stepping stone if you will. If it weren’t for the fact that I’ve lived…

Top travel tips for studying abroad in California – by Sophie

Although keeping up with schoolwork and campus life is of course an important aspect to a study abroad year, one of the big perks is the opportunity to travel and the chance to try something new every weekend. I studied abroad at UC Riverside’s Southern Californian campus and was amazed at how many world-renowned destinations…

American Celebrations vs British Celebrations: Halloween – by Charlotte

 The most exciting things about Halloween in Britain is the return of Starbucks’ PSL and the turn of weather that makes binge-watching Netflix an acceptable pastime. Even as a child, I remember sitting at home with my family, curtains pulled tight, as we watched films like Bewitched and the Halloweentown series. I believe I went…

UK vs US: What to expect from a foreign campus – by Sophie

Having recently returned from an amazing year abroad at The University of California, Riverside, I wanted to share some of the key differences I noticed between UK and U.S campuses. Hopefully I can pass on some things I wish I’d known before studying abroad. Arriving at University of California – First Impressions One of the…

Sichuan University Summer School – by TM Lim

My first encounter with this program was way back in March. I was on the school PC and there was an announcement for summer partner schools program on my.qmul.ac.uk. I chose to attend Sichuan University mainly because of the dates and with the knowledge that food and lodging will be covered. Ever since my application…

Arriving at UPenn – by Fahima

I have started to settle in to UPenn and have been enjoying my experience so far. On arriving to Penn, I was in awe as to how beautiful the campus is. It is everything and more than I imagined it would be. Straight away, there was a huge buzz and excitement around the whole campus…

Vlogs and Videos

Mary Scott is our QMUL Study Abroad Vlogger. She has been filming her time at QMUL, as well as her adventures around London and trips further afield! Special thanks goes out to all of Mary Scott’s friends who have willingly become her co-stars! Mary Scott is from Davidson College, North Carolina and studied abroad in…

East London: Reliving Sunday Markets – by Ariana

East London: Reliving Sunday Markets – by Ariana, Boston College When I boarded the plane to Boston at Heathrow last December, I noticed students in other college merchandise also returning from a semester abroad.

No Expectations – by Erika

No Expectations

At my university the majority of students choose to study abroad. In many ways I feel we take for granted this once in a lifetime opportunity. During the application process the campus is buzzing with abroad conversation that seems almost trivial, where did you apply?….

My London in Photos – by Mary Scott

Mary Scott is from Davidson College, North Carolina – Mary Scott tells her study abroad story at QMUL, travelling around London and further afield in photos! Watch Mary Scott’s vlogs here.

Why did I choose QMUL?- by Amy

I chose to study at QMUL because I have always wanted to live in London and experience the ‘London lifestyle’. It is by far the best city in the world because it is so diverse and vibrant. You could never get bored with all the markets, museums, broadway shows, cafes and pubs. When I first…

Solo-Travelling – Cheng Hei Lam Samantha

I wanted to study abroad ever since I was small. All these years I’ve been day-dreaming about it by looking at stunning photos of landscapes on the web and imagining myself visiting these places. The day finally came and it felt so unreal. I felt I wasn’t ready for the six months away from home,…

My Election – Malina Mindrutescu

More times than not, I pride myself with having the memory of an elephant. On this particular occasion, I really wished I didn’t. “I remember it as if it were yesterday” is a saying that couldn’t apply more accurately than in this particular instance. I remember having talked with a friend that very day about…