- Make sure all your coursework requirements are complete before you go, all work submitted and you have confirmation of work received
- If you have any approved work outstanding you should have confirmation, in writing, from your institution of the arrangements for completion overseas.
- Return all borrowed books to the library so you don’t incur late/lost charges
- Notify residential staff/landlord in writing of your date of departure
- Leave your room/property as you found it
- Follow instructions from residential staff or your landlord for checkout instructions
- Take photos of the room, including any damage that you’ve already reported
Getting to the airport
Public transport – trains & buses
Remember transport is not 24 hr in the UK, and public transport options may not be available for very early flights.
There will be public transport options, but usually the most cost effective vs practical, with luggage, is to share a car to the airport. Make sure you book in advance and know how much it costs, with multiple people and your luggage.
What to expect when you get home
You may have heard of reverse culture shock, when you return home to a place that was very familiar to find that things seem strange and unfamiliar, but it’s not home that’s changed it’s you.
It’s often said that study abroad is a transformative experience, and it’s true. Sometimes the difference between places are jarring and obvious. Sometimes though they are very subtle, and you subtly adjust to adapt to your new surroundings, absorbing thought patterns, perspectives, behaviours that are new then taking them back home.
It’s not me, it’s you
Beware, some symptoms of reverse culture shock are that everything at home seems dull in comparison with your exciting time of independence studying abroad. You may also look back on your time studying abroad with rose tinted spectacles, remembering only the good (travel! new people! independence! alcohol!) and forgetting the bad (expense! isolation! being squeezed onto a train carriage! strange money! weird food!!). People at home may not understand the experience you’ve had and may quickly tire of hearing your exciting stories of life abroad!
Just as it did when you came to the UK, it may take time to adapt to your ‘strange’ new surroundings.