Spring 2017 Participant
I learned the importance of not creating false or unrealistic expectations. I went into my program/study abroad experience with little expectations of what I felt I was getting myself into and that was perhaps the best thing I did. It made it easier to adapt, find friends, be flexible with different academic experiences, etc. Not getting caught up prior to arriving in a "fairytale" or even a "scary place" made things so much more open-minded and exciting. There were several obstacles that I was naturally faced with, but by not having some sort of preconceived notion of how studying abroad would/should be, I was able to enjoy my experience to the fullest and take things as they came. I never felt disappointed or let down because of this.
Spring 2013 Participant
I loved studying abroad in Leeds. I was really happy to be in England somewhere other than London. It was a fun and new experience to live in a big city since I am used to living and going to school in Lawrence.
August John Hunninghake, Academic Year 2017 Participant
The most rewarding aspect of the program was its truly independent nature. There was no house of fellow KU students to live in, no host family to guide me around the city. In the end, it was on me to take charge of my time and do what I could to see and do as much as I could in the time I had.