Study in the UK Blog

Back Home Again

Posted on July 20th, 2008 by Stephen

After an unbelievable 10 months away, I returned home at the beginning of July. Sorry for the delay in posting this, it’s been an incredibly hectic couple of weeks seeing family and friends, not to mention settling back in. Packed quite a bit of sightseeing into the final few weeks after semester ended before returning to London for the flight home to Brisbane, Australia. A wonderful way to top off such a great time away.

Looking back I can realise how lucky I really was. During the 10 months away, I’ve been able to take part in much of the international student experience. But unlike those there for their entire degree, I had the comfort of returning home to family and friends before a year was up. I can’t imagine the commitment it must take to make the decision to spend 3-4 years study in another country, and what it must be like to move your entire life there for that period. For me it felt more like my life in Australia was on hold for the time I was away, and it was always there to return to afterwards.

When I arrived in Leeds, I was a bit annoyed that there were two days that I had to find accommodation for before I could move into the student accommodation that we were provided with. I’ve since spoken to people from Leeds who have just arrived in Brisbane, and had to stay in hostels until they could find a flat to move into – with no guarantees regarding the proximity to the university or pricing. I was shocked at the contrast that choosing a different university can make.

That being said, studying in the UK is such a life-changing opportunity that I would recommend it to anyone. The independence, social insight and fun that can be gained whilst meeting study commitments is enormous, and offers the perfect opportunity to see another part of the world.

Tomorrow is the start of the next semester back home in Brisbane. It’s exciting to be back at this university, but there’s so much I’ll miss about Leeds – from the rich history of the UK to the excitement of student life so close to campus. It’s strange to think that I’ve studied in Leeds for only one semester less than in Brisbane, it feels like a home a way from home now. Before I know it, I’ll be stuck into the semester’s work – but there’s always the next adventure to look forward to.

I’ll be more than happy to answer any questions regarding my time in the UK, but until then good luck!

16 Responses to “Back Home Again”

  1. kit Says:

    …only just discovered this blog, reading you’re old entries / backwards / is therefore kinda odd…. but none-the-less I find your blog quite inspiring,. I must read-on!


  2. Nick Says:


    Glad your time over in the UK was good. I love Leeds as it’s such a vibrant city and great people.


  3. Student Education Finances Says:

    Sounds fun. I’m hoping to be able to do the same and have the same kind of experiences (Once my Student Financing Comes in). Thanks for sharing your experience, I’m a bit nervous myself, so I needed to hear different experiences. Thank you

  4. UK-To-Go Says:

    thanks for sharing your life experiences as a student in the Uk,hope to read more about it especially about the special features that make UK as a good place for further study..

  5. sam Says:

    hi stephen i want to ask many questions from you…whn you read this can u please mail mee..

  6. miss nesrine Says:

    hey nice and very interesting experience lucky u :) but can u do me a favour and advice me about how can i study English courses in UK knowing that am a college graduate tunisian girl and wants to continue my studies in uk no matter if it will be in a family of exchange or with some sort of scholarship ??? plz answer on my email address above if u can light my way .. many thanks in advance

  7. Rebecca Says:

    I’m so pleased you had such a good time in Leeds. It’s such a friendly place and I like that it’s a reasonably small city in terms of being able to walk around it fairly easily. Good luck with the rest of your studies!

  8. UK Travel Guide Says:

    Nesrine, There are many places where you can study English. Have you tried using google to search for courses. University of Westminster has great courses.
    Generally there are not many scholarships for learning a language, you should check your country’s education ministry at the first instance.

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