January in London – Post 1

Early-in-the-Program Post

My Flat in London

I’m living in the Kilburn area of London, England for the next few months. I live with 7 other girls from across the United States who all study at different universities including the University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Minnesota, Muhlenberg, Sienna College, and the New School. I’m lucky that my roommate, Chloe, is a friend from Pitt, which makes adjusting to living here much easier. The living is much smaller than what I’m used to, but I love all of my roommates and the time we’ve spent together so far. We’re planning on taking a weekend trip to Prague in a few weeks, and are going to Paris at the end of January!

My Experience

So far, the culture in the city has been so exciting. It’s extremely diversified (and apparently the most visited country in the world). I’ve been here for about 10 days now and feel like I’ve already seen so much of it.

I had a redeye flight to London but got 0 sleep on the plane. When I landed, the adrenaline must’ve kicked in because my roommate and I saw almost every touristy destination in London the whole day, all by foot. We walked to Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Parliament, Big Ben (which is under construction), and the London Eye. We also walked to Picadilly Circus and the Soho area where we got a late dinner.

The university in London is under CAPA Global Network where they provide us with a curriculum for the semester and an area of study, which is in Kensington in London. My classes here are all towards my certificate in International Business. I’m currently taking International Economics, International Marketing, International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior, and Managing Global Supply Chains. They each meet once a week for several hours, but luckily I have Tuesdays and Fridays free!

So far, I’ve made a lot of friends in the same program (mostly my roommates), but also other students in my classes.

I’m excited for this experience because it will shape my understanding of the business world in an international way. I’m excited for all thats to come while studying abroad here; including the people I’ll meet, the places I’ll go, and the sites I’m so lucky enough to see!

So far, I’ve visited Harrods (three times by now), Camden Market, the light show of Westminster Abbey, spent time at afternoon tea (several times with my roommates), the vintage market in Camden, and so much more! I haven’t had much time to just sit around my flat since I’ve been so busy exploring the city, and I’ve loved every second of it!