I think the biggest issue I’ve faced when coming abroad is the way the academics in England differ from back in America. It has been quite interesting to learn how British students study, but to say it was a change of pace would be an understatement.
When studying in England you are mostly doing it independently. Professors trust you an awful lot here to get your reading down and show up to class. Being in Year Three here, I only go to each class once a week. Back in the states I’m going to class at least twice a week for about a little over an hour. In the states we also write so many more essays, take more quizzes, and get points for attending class. The only thing you get graded on here is whatever work is assessed.
Even as I type this it hasn’t been so much of a challenge to adjust to this independent lifestyle, it’s been just that, an adjustment. Anything that isn’t familiar is going to feel foreign, but as I am in a foreign country I would expect to, at first, feel a bit out of place. I think I’ve grown a lot through experiencing the difference in teaching style, mainly because I want to be a positive representative of America, so I make sure to do the reading and show up to class with an idea of what was read.
I only have a week left as I’m writing this and I have two papers due on Friday. After that, I’ll get on a plane to go back to the states and start again at my home university. I don’t think I’ll have a problem going back to the type of teaching that is done at UC Riverside, mainly because I’ve grown so accustomed to the way things are done here and I really think it’ll only help me in the long run.