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Oxford, England

Andrew Lander

England – Oxford (OPUS)

Andrew LanderWhat was the best part about studying abroad?
My favorite part of studying in England was taking in so many historic sights and experiences. I traveled through London for a week and the history that the city contains is amazing. The whole country is filled with beautiful scenery and historic sights. During my time there I visited Oxford, London, Cambridge and Bath.

What was the scariest part about thinking of studying abroad? What were you worried about before you left?
The program is separate from Iona, so when you leave it’s all on you. For someone who had never traveled to Europe I was a concerned. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to operate in a foreign country on my own. However, I learned the program is well run there and I got lot of assistance from my flat mates.
What would you say to someone who wasn’t sure about studying abroad?
Don’t hesitate, just go for it. I wasn’t sure when I started thinking about going to Oxford, but I received a lot of encouragement from my friends and family. My trip was a great experience and I will always remember it. 
How do you think studying abroad changed you?
I think studying abroad made me more adventurous. I took several day trips and explored several iconic locations with my flat mates. It also made me a little more independent – you are on your own and you have to make the best of your trip.
What is the most interesting thing you learned while studying abroad?
I studied Victorian history while I was there, specifically Victorian government and policing. One of my weeks was spent specifically on the case of “Jack the Ripper” which was really interesting.
What was your favorite meal?
That would be a “full English” for breakfast, and cottage pie for dinner. Fish and chips also deserves an honorable mention.
Andrew Lander and friends in England