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First-Year Experience in London

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London FYE in the Skidmore News

Jazz Adam '13, submitted an article to the Skidmore News about her experience in London. See Abroad journal: musings from a London freshman.


Check out these videos from two groups of London FYE students and their faculty mentors - Class of 2015 and Class of 2013.  Both videos capture the groups part-way through their experience in London.


Quotes from former London FYE students

students "Classes are amazing! You learn of a painting in a class and can walk out the door and see it for yourself in a museum for free!" (Madeline '14)

"We bought our own food and every night we would walk around the residence hall to see what other people had cooked and share stories from that day." (Emery '14)

"I think the London First-Year Experience opened my eyes to how big the world really was, and gave me the desire to want to learn about everything I could about the world and different cultures and to explore the world further." (Karen '12)

"I would definitely recommend this program to students. Although living abroad requires certain adjustments, living in London brought me so many new positive experiences. All the wonderful activies London has to offer are really great, but experiencing all of it with some really quality students truly made the trip what it was." (Yasmin '11)

"This program was fantastic! Because of this past semester, I can officially say that I have learned and grown to love international culture, studies, and people. This program provides a great way to benefit from all that Skidmore cannot offer on campus." (Hartley '11)

"subwayThe most exciting part of my classes was seeing first-hand what we were studying. In British Art and Architecture we studied the Gothic revival of the 19th century. Not only was I living in one of the world's best examples of this kind of architecture, but we took a spontaneous field trip to walk around the Houses of Parliament. In another class, we stood in front of Jan van Eyck's portrait, Giovanni Arnolfini and his wife, in the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. How many students get to do this?" 
(Lindsey, '10)

"Between London's multicultural districts, pubs, museums, theatres, architecture, and easy travel opportunities to all parts of Europe, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for anyone looking for an atypical first-year semester." (Ted '08 )

"It is so fulfilling to move far away and start a life of my own. I feel so much more mature and independent. The whole London experience opened my eyes to foreign cultures and helped me understand more about American culture as well." (Blair '08)

punting"I recommend the London program because it forces you to adapt not only to college life, but to a different country and culture. It's amazing to see how much is out there for you to experience, not only in London but throughout Europe. Adventurous students shouldn't hesitate to sign up. No other college that I know of offers this type of experience right out of high school." (Matthew '07)

"The London program helped me to become even more independent. I'm totally comfortable booking airfare, locating hotels, and finding my way around cities where I don't speak the language. The experience was also a good transition to college life: after being in a foreign country, college wasn't anywhere near as scary." (Corrie '07)