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Learning Beyond Borders: My Study Abroad Experience in London


 By Lennox Ashie Kotei (Level 400, Management with Computing)

When I first heard about the King’s College London Summer School, the programme immediately ignited my interest. I saw it as an opportunity to experience student life in a different cultural environment, as I’d had all my formal education in Ghana. Although I had never taken part in a summer school programme abroad, the highly-ranked status of King’s College London gave me confidence to apply for the programme.

I just couldn’t contain my excitement when I was notified that, in addition to my application being successful, I had been awarded a full scholarship to participate in the programme!

…The experience

When I arrived at the Waterloo campus of King’s College London, the first thing I noticed was the architectural beauty of the buildings. Some of them, I learnt, dated back to the early 19th century. Indeed, the facilities matched the reputation of the institution.

It was amazing being in small class of 15 students from nine different countries. The small class size gave us the opportunity to get to know each other on a more personal level. The class was indeed a real cultural melting pot as I was exposed to 8 different country cultures- India, China, Netherlands, Turkey, England, Austria, Azerbaijan and Lebanon.

Lennox, during a class presentation

The course I enrolled in - International Political Economy really expanded my worldview. It helped me understand how policies are developed by governments, corporations, institutions and how they affect people, economies and neighbouring countries. I also learnt about the requisite policies that must be adopted by countries at different stages of development.

In addition to this, we explored the main drivers behind globalization and trade. We also delved into a bit of world history. Since the course was taught by a tutor who is in an expert in the field, I gained a lot of relevant insight. We also took part in a number of seminars in which industry experts shared their experiences.

Lunch with friends

What I enjoyed the most about the course was the group discussions that took place after at the end of every topic treated in class, giving every participant the opportunity to contribute. Class presentations and group work assignments were always exciting, affording me the opportunity of gaining a deeper understanding of the dynamics of teamwork especially within multi-cultural settings.

"Taking part in the Summer School was a truly worthwhile experience for me. I made a number of new friends from around the world who I still keep in contact with. I would definitely recommend the programme to anyone looking for a unique and global learning experience that is also fun!"

As part of the course, we visited a number of historical sites and museums. The tours were very fun and informative.

Unfortunately, the days went by faster than I expected, and all too soon we had come to the end of the programme.
Taking part in the Summer School was a truly worthwhile experience for me. I made a number of new friends from around the world who I still keep in contact with. I would definitely recommend the programme to anyone looking for a unique and global learning experience that is also fun!

Class photo on the final day of the course

St. Paul's Cathedral

 


Lennox Kotei Ashie is a Management with Computing student at Regent. From July 22- August 9, Lennox took part in the 2013 King’s College London Summer School in the United Kingdom. He was among 12 scholarship awardees selected from around the world who were awarded with full scholarships to take part in the summer school programme.

The King’s College London Summer School is a high quality and intensive academic programme open to students from around the world. It offers university-level summer courses which use a fresh approach to the study of traditional academic subjects. The KCL Summer School is recognized as one of the most internationally diverse summer programmes in the UK. It is organised yearly by Kings College London, a leading world-class university.

Regent University College of Science and Technology is a partner university of the King’s College London Summer School.