Hello! My name is Jasmine Daniele and I will be studying abroad at the University of Leeds, UK in the Fall of 2014.
Preparing to study abroad has been quite an endeavor. When I first arrived at UNT in 2011, I knew I wanted to study abroad in England, but the timing wasn’t quite right. This year I decided I wanted to pursue it. Applying and preparing to study abroad is not an easy process, but I’m fully expecting it to be rewarding.
For music majors it can be even more challenging because not all of the universities offer courses that can transfer back to UNT. Luckily, I was able to find a few I could take that could go towards my major. Becky King was extremely helpful in taking the time to go through each class with me and figuring out how to transfer it back to the states. If you are considering studying abroad, I would advise you to meet with her as soon as possible. Also, do a LOT of research about the university you want to go to and the classes you want to take. The more you know about your school, the easier and quicker it is to get there.
What has been the most frustrating thing for me is applying for the Visa. There are two types of visa’s, Tier 4 and the Student Visitor Visa. The Tier 4 allows you to work while you’re in the UK while the Student Visitor just allows you to .. well, visit. I’m applying for the Student Visitor, and it is frustrating only because the process is so strenuous. Don’t be discouraged, however, by anything that might take awhile or that takes a lot of effort. I know when I return from England I would go through the process all over again to have the experience.
If you are planning to live on campus, the university will provide you with information. If, however, you want to stay in an apartment you can look at – http://unipol.org.uk/home
This website is a great tool to finding an apartment. I’m not sure currently where I will be living, but I think my first choice would be in an apartment.
I think that is all for now and I will be posting more as I get close to leaving (September).