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Jorgenson Scholars Abroad Fund

The Jorgenson Scholars Abroad Fund is an endowment that provides travel awards for MU students with financial need participating on the long-standing student exchange between the University of Manchester, United Kingdom, and MU. MU students study at the University of Manchester for a semester or academic year.

Unintended language barrier

by Mary R. When preparing to study abroad in the United Kingdom, I was worried about the many adjustments I would have to make living in a foreign country, but I was comforted by the fact that I would be residing in a country where they spoke my first language. Having now been in Manchester […]

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The end

The end

by Muhamedali K. Well, I’ve officially left the United Kingdom. Around this time last year, I was in a similar place to the one I’m in now, at an airport, alone and scribbling in my journal. But that’s where the similarities end. I was scared then, afraid of the unknown. I thought that I was […]

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Chester Zoo, exams and the end of the year

Chester Zoo, exams and the end of the year

by Muhamedali K. It’s here, the penultimate post! I hope that I haven’t been too boring or repetitive, things that I am usually guilty of when it comes to writing, but I’ve had a great time working on these blog posts. The second to last month of my time in Manchester has been just as […]

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Birthdays and formals

Birthdays and formals

by Muhamedali K. It’s been a while since my last post — but unlike Mizzou, we are still in our exam period so things have been a bit busy. Things here in Manchester have been fantastic, as usual, and quite a lot has happened in the last month or so. My birthday was back in […]

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Easter holiday and spring break

Easter holiday and spring break

by Muhamedali K. Here in the U.K., they don’t have the same spring break as we do back in the United States. But that’s because they have something way better: it’s a three week break (that’s right folks, three weeks) halfway through the term to let students catch up on work and take a breather. […]

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Snow in Manchester

Snow in Manchester

by Muhamedali K. As someone who loves snow, I have been having withdrawals here in Manchester. As I have said many times before, it is great here in the U.K., and Manchester specifically, but we have had quite a gray winter up until now. I suppose even Manchester got tired of the rain, because we […]

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A new year… and exams

A new year… and exams

by Muhamedali K. In case in hasn’t been clear from my posts, I’ve fallen pretty heard for the U.K. and almost everything about it, but if I had one issue it would be that they take exams after break. It’s not a terrible way of doing things, but it is on your mind for the […]

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An English holiday

An English holiday

by Muhamedali K. While the holidays are a wonderful time of year, they are also quite hectic. And when you add in being in a foreign country, some things — like these blog posts — tend to slip through the cracks. But never fear, this should be quite a fun post, or at least I […]

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Thanksgiving in Manchester

Thanksgiving in Manchester

by Muhamedali K. It’s a bit late, but happy Thanksgiving to all of you! Strangely enough, they don’t celebrate American holidays in the U.K. (yet), so we didn’t have the week off, but it was still a pretty nice time. I apologize for the late entry, but it has been a hectic past few weeks […]

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A new routine

A new routine

by Muhamedali K. It has been almost a month and a half since I arrived in Manchester so it would seem silly to call it home, but every day that goes by makes this place feel like home. Every day spent at the university, in my dorm and with the people I have become fast […]

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