Last Month In Scotland

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Author:
Avery Navikevicius
Program: Fashion Business Management
Study Abroad Location: Aberdeen, Scotland

Sorry everyone for my last few blog posts being late! My last little while abroad was crazy! I will try to remember as much about my crazy adventure as I can.

April and May was a little bit of a haze of final projects and studying for exams. May 11 marked my last day of school at RGU and the next chapter began!

My roommate and I flew to London on the morning of May 12, my birthday, and spent the day at Warner Bros studio. It was a magical birthday spent with props from the Harry Potter film series.

After spending a few days in London, I traveled to the Greek island of Zante. I had a few lazy days by the pool and beach at a beautiful hotel. I enjoyed food, met new friends and sweated off the stress of the end of school.

I then met up with my roommate again to head off to Croatia for a week-long cruise. What a week that was! Our Sail Croatia boat was crazy fun. We saw amazing sights and explored this heavily underrated country. I will definitely be back as it was the highlight of my trip.

At the end of the week, we said our goodbyes to our cabin mates on the cruise and headed off to Italy! We visited Sorrento, Amalfi, Rome, Florence, Bologna and Milan. My time in Italy included some not-so-great moments, like dropping my phone from a rooftop in Amalfi, but it had great moments too, like when my phone still worked after its fall!

Seriously though, Italy is absolutely amazingly beautiful. The people are kind, the food is great and the sites are unbelievable. While we were there I met some cousins on my mom’s side of the family for the first time. They were very gracious to us and I cannot wait for another opportunity to visit them.

From Italy, we traveled to our last stop, Paris. We were in the city during Euro Cup, so the atmosphere was incredible. We saw the sites, celebrated with the winning team’s fans and soaked in ambiance of the romantic city. Our favorite part of being France was actually not Paris, but Euro Disney! We fulfilled our childhood dreams and hung out in Disney for three days. By the end of those three days we were exhausted and finally headed back to Scotland to meet up with our families.

                Seeing my family again had a very calming effect. Traveling on your own can be stressful, but when you’re with your parents they help share all the logistical responsibilities. I was nice and relaxed, that is, until my family made me navigate through the highlands. I can proudly say we only got lost once! My parents fell in love with the scenery, the castle, the landscape and the animals. However, on our last day we got a flat tire and after that we were all pretty much ready to go home. It’s not like we were going to be doing much more driving anyway!

Living & Studying in Utrecht!

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Author: Victoria Ercolao
Program: Public Relations – Corporate Communications
Study Abroad Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands

Everyone has their concerns when they are about to start a new adventure or experience. These concerns were certainly present when it came to pursuing my studying abroad experience. Although I had my concerns, I knew that with the right help and support that I would quickly overcome all of my concerns with ease. Thanks to both my coordinator at Seneca, and the international office at Hogeschool Utrecht for making my transition one that was both smooth and simple.

The Program

I completed my second semester of my Public Relations & Corporate Communications certificate program at the Hogeschool, Utrecht (HU), where I studied International Communication and Media (ICM). I had a wide variety of electives to choose from in the ICM module that directly related to my program at Seneca. All the courses were also taught in English. From the day I arrived, I was integrated with both Dutch and other international students. Between my coordinator at Seneca and the International Office at HU, I never felt confused or overwhelmed with academic processes. All the staff and teachers were always willing to help. The HU also prides itself on offering its students an international learning experience, and I agree that this was the most rewarding part of the program. My classes had students from Spain, France, Germany, Australia, India and South Korea (just to name a few!). Collaborating with students from such diverse backgrounds really challenges you to think from different perspectives and becomes a very valuable skill that employers look for!

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Housing

The student housing market in Utrecht is extremely competitive due to the large student population, which is why finding a place to stay during my study abroad period became a concern for me. My concern was quickly resolved once I spoke to the international office at the Hogeschool Utrecht (HU).  The HU recommends that all international students use an affiliated student housing company named SSH. I rented my room through this website and had a really positive experience. SSH has properties all over the city and they take the uncertainties out of finding a place on your own. Rooms range in price from €300 to €700 per month, and the earlier you reserve, the more choice you have. I rented a studio apartment right on the HU campus for €625 per month all-inclusive. The apartment was clean, spacious and I didn’t have to share any amenities; however, I would recommend renting something closer to the city centre because that’s where all the action is. Aside from being really close to all my classes, there’s not much else to do on the HU campus.

If you are excited and eager to study abroad, make an appointment with one of the going global coordinators!