Conclusion Post

Now that my semester abroad has officially come to an end, I can happily say that this experience was everything I had hoped for and more. Throughout just 12 weeks I was able to visit six very different and unique countries, as well as spending the majority of my time in the extremely diverse and…

Thoughts on Being a Full Time Resident of London

Overall, I truly believe that London has been the perfect location to spend my semester abroad. Over the course of the three and a half months that I have been here, I have come to the realization that this would be a city I would very easily be able to live in full time. If…

Must See Sites in London

One of the things that makes London so unique as a tourist destination is its prominent ties to the past intertwined with its progressive and cosmopolitan cityscape. Having spent over three months here, I feel as though I am qualified to recommend destinations in the city that epitomize this unique blend of past, present and…

Traveling While Abroad

The thing that I was most looking forward to about studying abroad in Europe was the opportunity to travel throughout the continent. So far I have been lucky enough to travel to Paris, Prague, Barcelona, Lisbon, Brussels, and Amsterdam (my personal favorite of which being Barcelona). To be honest, the trips I have been on…

Adjusting to Interning Abroad

Upon first hearing that I would be given the option to have an internship while studying abroad, the decision to do so was a no brainer. I figured that London was the perfect city to further my professional career and become a more qualified member of the work force post-graduation. Although the experience has been…

Expectations and Reality of Studying Abroad

As my time abroad is coming to a close, I am beginning to reflect on the expectations I originally had for this experience before I came to London. Obviously, it is natural to speculate what it is going to be like to live in a different country for the better part of four months. While…

Getting Comfortable in London

As of today, it is exactly three weeks since I boarded a plane from Washington D.C. to London. It is hard to believe that I have already been in the United Kingdom for almost a month! When I first arrived, I was very overwhelmed by the size and pace of the city of London. By…

My First Week in London

Today marks exactly one week since my arrival in London. Overall, my travel from the United States to the United Kingdom was fairly smooth (other than the difficulty of entering and exiting the tube with luggage packed to the brim). I am living in the West Kensington area and my flat is conveniently located directly…

London GBI Introduction Blog

Hello! My name is Kevin Kretz and I am currently a junior at the University of Pittsburgh in the College of Business Administration. Currently, I am majoring in finance with minors in Spanish and economics. I was born and raised in Hershey, Pennsylvania where I was involved in many clubs and sports at Hershey High…