Summary: Lewis Pollock, final year English Language student, on studying at the University of California, Santa Barbara campus, last year.
The Study Abroad Programme is an incredible chance to go and experience something new, meet people from other cultures and learn more about the world. I can't stress enough how beneficial the Study Abroad Programme has been for me in terms of my academic success. This programme has given me extremely valuable transferable skills and experiences, and I am already noticing the obvious benefits that these provide.
I plan to spend some time working abroad after I graduate, and the vast majority of positions and internships I have looked at state that experience of living away from my home country for an extended period of time is an attractive attribute.
Even if I were not planning on working abroad, the completion of the Study Abroad Programme is proof to employers, and myself, of a certain kind of competency, flexibility and diligence, and I believe I will consider it an asset for the rest of my life.