Where I’d have liked to study abroad, based mostly on food and castles

March 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

Now that I’m a senior (and about to get a foot to the bum, a.k.a. graduate), the opportunity to study abroad while in college is a ship that has long since sailed. Not counting one halfhearted attempt to enlist in a summer program to France my sophomore year, I knew throughout my college career that leaving the country for school wasn’t part of the plan. Here are the two big reasons why:

  • I didn’t need the credits. I completed the credits I would have earned abroad during my freshman year because I didn’t get the right course scheduling advice. In retrospect, I wish I had had more insight about choosing classes that wouldn’t eliminate the practicality of learning things in another country.
  • It was too expensive. It wasn’t like studying abroad was out of the question for my family and I, but it would have meant a year of severe saving and budgeting, plus the trip wouldn’t have benefited the credits I needed to graduate. Basically, I just couldn’t justify the expense.

But if I could have studied abroad, I definitely would have signed up for these awesome programs currently offered by Drury.

Ghost hunting at Leeds Castle, anyone?

London, England

The semester-long London study abroad program at Regents College would have been perfect for me because it would have meant fulfilling one of my lifelong dreams: visiting a European castle (specifically Leeds Castle and Warwick Castle, according to the trip’s description page), plus aptly named excursions to Paris, Wales, and Scotland. The actual studying part would have been cool, I guess, but I’m up for anything that falls into the category of ‘excursion’. Plus, I don’t care what anyone says, castles are freakin’ cool.

Visiting Futuroscope is officially on my bucket list.

Poitiers, France

A stone’s throw from England would have been my second semester-long study abroad option. I took two years of French in high school and a year of French in college, which basically means I can name some fruits and colors and count to ten. That being said, studying abroad in Poitiers would have probably improved my French, and I would have gotten to eat a lot more baguettes. I like baguettes.

Also, Poitiers is the home of the theme park Futuroscope, and I’m all about that theme park life. Seriously though, Futuroscope looks amazing.

Rome, Italy

Because gelato.

If you’ve gone abroad, where have you been? If you haven’t, where would you like to go?