Preparing to study abroad is no easy feat: you need to know what and how to pack, exchange rates, cultural differences, and everything in between.  Luckily, we’ve put together this little handy-dandy travel guide to aide you in your quest across the pond. Packing  Everyone’s favorite!  Since lugging several suitcases with you is a drag (and expensive), limit yourself to one checked bag and carry-on.  In the checked bag, pack your necessities: clothes, toiletries, or anything too big for a carry on.  Speaking of which, things like electronics,…

Since the semester is just about over, I thought I’d share some differences between the US and UK’s approach to higher education.  Although these differences weren’t that hard to get used to (at least for me), they were still significant and interesting. Structure/Meeting Times In the US, my classes meet multiple times per week in one location.  For example, I might have one class that meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for one hour.  Then, every Tuesday and Thursday I’ll have another that meets for an hour and a…

The best part about London is that it has something for everyone.  With a wide array of clubs, pubs, restaurants, theatre, cinema, art, museums, shops, and parks, what’s not to love?  The video above takes you on an adventure through some of my personal favorite spots in the city. Tom K. is a Spring 2018 CEA MOJO Blogger in London, England.  He is currently studying Communication concentrating in Journalism and Media Theory & Production at Western New England University.

Being the history buff I am, I was very excited for the trip to Hampton Court Palace.  Like the rest of CEA’s excursions, it didn’t disappoint.  Everything from the architecture, design, and murals, to the Renaissance era aesthetic were absolutely mind blowing.  Additionally, learning that the palace was King Henry VIII’s pleasure castle made the experience all the more enjoyable. In any event, here are some of the best moments/exhibits from the trip: The Ye Olde Kitchen No, that fireplace is not a fake recreation.  This was one…

While most of my CEA peers are attending school in central London, I’m studying in Harrow which is about a half hour away via tube.  As a whole, it has a more relaxed, residential, and suburban feel compared to the other Westminster campuses.  The video above follows my day as I go to class and visit my favorite hangouts. Thomas K. is the Spring 2018 MOJO Blogger in London, England. He is currently a Junior studying Communication at Western New England University.

Although I’ve been living in London for a month, there are still times where I say to myself: “Wow, I can’t believe I’m here.”  Several weeks ago, I was in the quiet suburbs of Massachusetts, now I’m in the center of one of the most culturally dynamic cities in the world.  Unbelievable. This incredible journey of mine started last January when I called CEA about their Westminster program.  As I heard more about it, my enthusiasm grew.  Not only was the location perfect, but I would have the…

In the US, I am majoring in Media and Journalism.  As the semester moves along at the University of Westminster’s Harrow campus, I must say it has given me a new perspective on the entire Communication field.  In addition to learning a whole new English dialect, I am also learning how the British media works. Spoiler: It’s very different from America. Interestingly enough, the most different aspect is in sports media.  In the US there are four major sports: (American) football, Baseball, Basketball, and hockey.  All of which…

A gorgeous evening in London

Upon moving to London this semester, I had a lot of expectations. I was excited to get out of my comfort zone, meet new people, see new sights, try new food, and most of all, experience a new culture in one of the best cities in the world. However, culture shock has hit me since starting the semester, here are some cultural differences that tripped me up: Saying “toilet” instead of “restroom.”  I know this is an odd one to start with, but nobody says “restroom” here.  In…

A little bit of what you’ll see in this video is the CEA London program’s flat. It comes with linens and all the kitchenware a student could need. There is a family room that is conjoined to the kitchen, two bathrooms, and two bedrooms. The staff is very helpful, and the flat is cleaned on a weekly basis, which is a nice plus. Watch the video for some more information and to see the flat itself. Lauren G. is the Fall 2017 MOJO in London, England. She is currently…

I wish that someone would have told me before I went abroad that taking solo trips is one of the most important things you can do. Although I love traveling with friends, I never felt more blissful than I did traveling alone. The opportunity really gives you time to reflect and is the perfect way to hit the reset button. Especially when you are abroad it seems that I was always busy doing something or with friends. It is nice to be on your own time and getting…