My academic experience at King’s was incredibly positive. There were so many interesting classes to take across a wide variety of subjects, and, as a liberal arts student, this was particularly useful to satisfy the requirements of my American university. Courses (also known as modules) at KCL are structured in a very similar way to my home university: they meet several times per week and larger lectures have ‘break-out’ discussion sections weekly. Lectures can be large (over 100 students) or smaller (less than 50) depending on how many students are in that department and they are usually posted online to watch later if needed. Some classes even take field trips, and one of mine took me to the London Zoo and Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, a Continue reading “What’s it like to study at King’s? – Jack Farrell”
Before I arrived for my semester abroad at King’s College London (KCL), I was nervous about adjusting to a new and unfamiliar academic environment in addition to the fast pace of life in London. After speaking with advisors in the study abroad office at my home university, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), and students who had previously studied abroad at KCL, I knew that the class structure, grading scales and professors’ expectations would be considerably different from what I have grown accustomed to at UNC, but I still did not know exactly what to expect before arriving at KCL. While adapting to this different educational atmosphere was initially somewhat daunting initially, I soon grew to appreciate these differences. Continue reading “Learning in London: My Academic Experience at KCL – Hayley Evans”
I knew I wanted to study abroad in London long before I even knew I wanted to attend my home university. Continue reading “How to Handle the Pre-Arrival Period: Fill in Those Spreadsheets and Buckle Your Seatbelts – Jane Oberhauser”
The British academic system at university is starkly different that of the United States of America. Since I study at a Liberal Arts College, I have been used to enrolling in classes from a variety of disciplines even though I major in only one of them. In contrast, I was studying modules only within my major at King’s College London. In this blog, I will share with you some of the key experiences of the academic experience at King’s College London within Arts and Humanities, through the lens of a study-abroad student from the USA.
To prepare for my study abroad experience at King’s College London (KCL), I attended several informational meetings held at my home university, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). These meetings were hosted by UNC’s Study Abroad Office, and they are intended to help UNC students prepare for their upcoming term(s) abroad. At a meeting that was held specifically for UNC students planning to study abroad at KCL, I listened to a presentation from a KCL student who was studying abroad at UNC at the time, a UNC student who had previously studied abroad for a semester at KCL, and my study abroad advisor at UNC who helps coordinate the study abroad programs in the UK and Ireland. Continue reading “3,000 Miles From Home: Preparing for My Study Abroad Experience at King’s College London- Haley Evans”