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Farida Begum, Barnard College, Year Abroad

I liked how small my classes were, so that I was actually able to discuss things in small settings. I was humbled by how willing the professors were to talk to me about ideas and how eager they were to help in any way possible. The dedication they have to their students is inspiring.

Study Abroad from January to June 2011

Which courses did you study at SOAS?

How would you describe living in London?

London has so many ethnic restaurants where the food is good, numerous sites, various markets, and more museums than I have time for. London also has a lot of student discounts for things. I love that there’s never a day when I’m at loss as to what I should see/do. I loved living in London, and if I could, I would stay for longer. As it is, I’m considering coming to the UK for graduate study because I’ve fallen in love with it!

How did you spend your free time?

For the first few weeks, I did a lot of sightseeing, usually walking more than I’ve ever walked in my life! I went to a couple of the school events which were lovely, and met some really amazing people. I also travelled a bit around Europe, which was simply a dream come true. I have travelled more in these few months than I have all my life!

Any advice for students thinking about Studying Abroad?

If you can, study abroad in the UK! If you’re in London, you’ll feel like you’re at an amazing melting pot, since there are people from all over the world. There is so much to do here that you’ll never be bored. Walk around as much as you can. Go to some places and sites that aren’t touristy and you’ll discover just how amazing it all is! Also, it is so easy and cheap to travel to so many places from here! The people are nice, the academics are inspiring, and the city is marvellous! Why would anyone not want to come?!