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How I Chose to Study Abroad in the United Kingdom

April 18, 2016

ISEP student Sofia U. is a part of ISEP Voices Spring 2016. She is a graphic design major from Universidad de Palermo, and is studying abroad at University of Sunderland in the United Kingdom.

The idea of studying abroad was one that I’ve had since I was a kid. It was a project I’ve had in mind for a long time. I have an uncle who lives in the United Kingdom, and after he suggested studying here, my mind could never get rid of the idea.

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Photo from Sofia’s Instagram

Starting when I was ten years old, I knew I wanted to be a graphic designer. This meant when I was choosing my destination, I also had to think of my future as a graphic designer. Graphic design is everywhere, so other factors that I considered in my study abroad search were where I had friends and family, and what university would be the best opportunity for me. Based off my research in regards to these factors, I applied to three universities through ISEP.

I also thought about the culture, as I knew that would be a very important aspect of my experience. I wanted to choose a destination that was suitable for what I needed, where I could feel like I was at home. That’s how I felt when I arrived in Sunderland. Sunderland is a small city with big ideas, friendly people and excellent weather (sometimes). I think ISEP matched me with the best opportunity for my needs, as that’s what ISEP is all about.

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All the people at the university were very kind and helpful. Whenever I had a problem, they could help me solve it. The university was awesome in regards to the academics. They put me in the most difficult modules, but nothing I couldn’t handle. I took graphic communication, creative integrity and screenprinting. They are all related to one another, so I was able to think of them as a group and succeed in them.

At orientation, the university warned us about experiencing culture shock, and they were so right. Argentina has a completely different culture, so I think opposites attract. Whenever I drank the Argentinean health-drink called “mate,” everyone looked at me as if it was a drug. As time passed they tried it, and realized it is just a traditional drink that contains caffeine, made from an infusion of dried leaves. Also, people don’t give a kiss on the cheek, they just shake hands or say bye and hi.

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The shock was difficult for me in the beginning, but it helped me realize what culture is all about. Getting to know new people, sharing different points of views, ideas, beliefs, religion and more, have all helped me get more familiar with culture in the United Kingdom. ISEP has given me the best experience with international dinners with friends, excellent academics, amazing experiences and more!

 


Are you ready for your own adventure? See all of your study abroad options on the ISEP website.

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