Before I arrived, people kept telling me that there's this feeling you get where you're sure you've seen everything before on film at some point, because in all likelihood you have. And they weren't wrong. It's all just as big and tall, the taxis just as yellow and the bagels just as bagel-ly as in the movies.
Before beginning my year abroad in Paris, which I am currently halfway through, I had repeatedly heard three seemingly disconnected facts about the French culture: the French are cold, they are overtly nationalistic and they make baking an envied art form.
As an undergrad about to embark on a year abroad, I was gobsmacked to recently discover that international students are being disgracefully overcharged by sneaky banks for transferring money abroad. Yes, apparently the average undergrad paying £9,000 per year ends up paying £335 in hidden bank charges.
My move abroad has allowed me to study courses in another, yet very different, wonderfully diverse department that has enabled me to explore new directions and new areas of academic life.
Last week I watched The Breakfast Club. In the beginning principal Vernon asks the gang to write an essay about who they think they are. Now I'm going to tell you who I am or who I think I am.
Behind the allusion of achievement, Chinese children are quite literally being drilled to death. In 2011, a government report revealed suicide as the leading cause of death for those aged 15 to 34.
The only place I feel the most at home is at the airport. I recently put Uzbekistan as my home country on a job application form for completely desperate, hopeless banter. (Then I corrected it, obviously. To Lichtenstein.)
Your average teacher in the UK is barely celebrated, let alone commercialised. This is the case in Asia though, where many tutors have now established an enormous media presence and often earn six-figure sums.
It's been a while since I posted last, and it's fair to say a lot has happened. The festive season saw me add a few more American states and cities to my list, and after spending a week in New Jersey with a friend, I met up with my family in Boston.
It is 7:25am in a quiet suburban city in Selangor, Malaysia. Sitting by a bench in my school cafeteria, I rummage through the many contents of my Adid...
Erasmus has given almost three million students the opportunity to study or work in another European country. But in recent years it's had to endure risks of funding shortfalls due to European governments' ongoing wrangles over the EU budget.
I moved to Spain just over 3 months ago and I am frequently asked what it is like for an Italian girl, studying in the UK, to move to Spain. Of course, Spain being extremely diverse from one end to the other can lead to one's experiences to vary, depending on the locality.
So if you feel like adding a humoristic touch to your Christmas nativity, look no further than the Spanish Christmas markets, from Plaza Mayor to the Royal Palace, you will find a Cagador in every stall!
Before the UK, I had no idea that supermarkets could be ranked posh. I thought organic olives and manchgo cheese were for hungry people worried about chemicals, not a consumer choice that could be linked to a double-barrelled surname.
This surge in tutoring comes from a growth in the number of universities and increasing numbers of school leavers aiming for university. It's university or bust time, Chinese students and parents are feeling the strain of university competition.
Immigration has become a hot potato for all political parties and international students have been inadvertently placed at the heart of the government's policy. The only way the government can meet its net migration target is by reducing the levels of legitimate students.