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My Semester in London

Marybeth, SAI Ambassador

We caught up with SAI Ambassador Marybeth, who reflects on her time in London.  What was your favorite thing to do in your host city? There are so many things I love to do in London, and there is always something to do in the big city. Generally, I really just enjoyed going out and exploring all of the different districts and areas throughout the city.

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Packing for a 2 Week Trip in Only a Carry On

Hi guys! My name is Nicole and I was a student with SAI in the Spring of 2016! I studied in London and fell in love with Europe as a whole. I now work for SAI doing Digital Marketing and Social Media and I LOVE it! I am headed to Europe with only a carry on and a backpack to go under my seat!

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Ten Ways to Prevent Becoming Hangry in London

Emma, London, Fall 2017

In a city as expansive as London, good eats are at every corner. Here are ten places that will keep you from ever getting hangry! 1. The Cheese Bar. Tucked inside the eclectic Camden Market, The Cheese Bar makes grilled cheeses and mozzarella sticks sophisticated and delicious. 2. Leggero. Not only does this eatery have incredible Italian food, but it is also completely gluten-free. Gluten-free pasta has never tasted so good! 3. Cutter & Squidge.

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Moving to London

Emma, London, Fall 2017

Moving to London was like jumping into an ice-cold swimming pool: shocking, exhilarating, and terrifying. For me, it has been the experience of a lifetime, filled with exciting new cultures and humbling lessons. Here is a bit of advice that I wish I had been given before I stepped off of that airplane in August. 1. Bring your best pair of tennis shoes. Europeans walk everywhere!

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Top Ten Things to do in London

Emma, London, Fall 2017

London is modern, magical, and massive. A traveler could spend a year in the city and still not see everything. However, there are a few things that you MUST do upon your first visit here. 1. Take a morning walk past Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and Buckingham Palace. The city architects were very gracious to tourists when they designed these beautiful structures in close proximity to each other! 2.

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Embracing Individuality

Emma, London, Fall 2017

Before arriving in London, my amateur life assessment was that humanity’s natural instinct is to blend in. I had observed this behavior in others and had adopted it as my personal strategy. From candy chokers in middle school, to oversized t-shirts in high school, to Adidas tennis shoes in college, I sought the latest trends with a fiery passion, hoping to remain current and relevant yet homogenous.

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Finding Yourself in Another Country

Cassandra, London, Summer 2017

Since I returned from study abroad, I’ve become acutely aware of the number of others also heading out of the country for the first time. It may have only been three weeks, but I remember the excitement and the anxiety. Most importantly, I realized that there was no way to prepare for everything, but I think that is to everyone’s advantage.

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My SAI Moment

Nicole, SAI Intern

Nicole is an SAI Ambassador who was selected to intern at SAI’s headquarters in Sonoma County, California for the summer. Below she talks about her “SAI Moment”, a defining moment in her SAI study abroad experience. The six months I spent in Europe hold so many of my most favorite memories. However, there are a few that really stand out from the others.

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One Museum, Many Occasions

Kim, SAI London Program Coordinator

Each person is drawn to different places, and London is great because it has such variety! Now it has not always been so, but my favorite has become the V&A – the Victoria & Albert Museum. Here’s why: Museum, Library, and Café! The museum itself has over 4.5 million pieces in the permanent collection and there are always exciting exhibits going on.

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Living in London: My Flat

Mia, SAI Ambassador

Studying abroad to me meant so many things, it meant that for the first time in my life I was going to be going out of the United States and at the same time it was the first time in my life I would be living away from home. When I applied to study in London I didn’t have any expectations especially with where I would be actually living.

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Not Your Typical Tourist: London Must-Sees

Madison, London, Spring 2016

When most people visit London, they typically steer towards the classic attractions we all know and love, such as Big Ben, The London Eye, or Buckingham Palace. But limiting yourself to just the most common sights restricts you from truly experiencing all that this wonderful, quirky city has to offer. I have compiled a list of my top three “not-so-typical” destinations for anyone who wants to truly experience London.

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An Amy Winehouse Tour in London

Nicole, SAI Ambassador

10 years ago, Amy Winehouse released her Grammy Award winning 2nd and final studio album ‘Back To Black’. Amy was known for her strong vocals and jazzy tone. She was arguably one of the most talented artists of her generation. She died at the age of 27 in 2011, but her legacy still lives on throughout London.

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Weasley’s Wizarding Weekend: Harry Potter’s London

Kate Pitts, SAI Univ. & Student Relations Manager

36 years ago today (July 31, 1980) the #1 song on the Billboard charts was Magic by Olivia Newton John. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that both J.K. Rowling and her famous character, Harry Potter, were also born on July 31st (1965 and 1980, respectively). What better way to celebrate the birthday of the two biggest names in the wizarding world than with a Harry Potter adventure?

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Time Flies When You’re In London

Tori, London, Spring 2016

The day I had to sit down and start thinking about packing up seemed so far away- in fact, my program ends in just a few days and it still doesn’t seem real. My time studying and living in England has been confusing, stressful, exciting, independent, amazing and much too short. In just four months I watched myself- as cheesy as this sounds- grow tremendously as a person and a designer.

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A Few Favorites in London

Tori, London, Spring 2016

Just like everyone warned me it would, time is flying by! I’ve started a new round of 3 classes, each with really exciting projects and have even gotten the opportunity to venture outside of London a bit stopping in Copenhagen, Warwick, Oxford and Stratford Upon Avon. I’m actually booking tickets for a weekend trip to the Netherlands as I type this.

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Favorite Markets in London

Kelsey, SAI Ambassador

London is a magical city, composed of unique and historical neighborhoods, each with their own vibe and culture. My favorite way to get to know any new city is through food and through people and my favorite way to get to know London was through it’s markets. There are a multitude of markets scattered around the city center, even lovely ones in Greenwich.

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Just My Type… of London – Top 15

Bronte, London, Fall 2015

1. Each area of London has a vastly different feel and it is marvelous stepping into the difference. 2. London’s music scene is mind-blowing with such a rich history. Many musicians just started out in tube stations. Venues for concerts are unique and reflect the artists playing! 3. Shopping is impressive with unique and massive stores (Harrods, Top Shop,  All Saints for example).

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Meet our Blogger: Tori

London, Spring 2016

Tori was selected as an SAI scholarship recipient and blogger for the Spring 2016 term. She is a current student at Rochester Institute of Technology studying at University of the Arts London in the UK  during the Spring 2016 term. 10 FUN FACTS ABOUT TORI I have a really unique voice. When people meet me they usually either ask if it’s real or if I’ve ever thought about voice acting.

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Transport in Time with SAI

Bronte, London, Fall 2015

About a month ago the students of SAI London, including myself, traveled to beautiful cities in London known as Bath, Somerset, and Stonehenge. We were all excited to see what those places had to offer and what was on the itinerary. The trip was jam packed with activities so I will just discuss a few, for instance, exploring the natural hot springs steeped in Roman history.

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Get The London Look

Bronte, London, Fall 2015

Preparing for studying abroad may seem like a daunting task initially, however, as you get going it comes naturally. Don’t let the stress of packing get to you. Once you arrive you can buy most generic brands at  grocery stores, it may not be your favorite but, they have something close to it. Getting comfortable in a new city, let alone a new country, is difficult.

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Becoming a Londoner

Bronte, London, Fall 2015

Each day, I leave my flat ready to embark on a day full of adventures. The closest adventure being around my own neighborhood. My neighborhood has tons of markets, restaurants, coffee shops, and pubs pretty much on every corner. This is very convenient to get ingredients for a meal, grab a quick bite, a cup of joe, or (a London custom) get a pint with a mate no matter the time of day.

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Meet Our Blogger: Bronte

London, Fall 2015

Bronte was selected as an SAI scholarship recipient and blogger for the Fall 2015 term. She is a current student at San Francisco Art Institute studying at University of the Arts London (UAL) in London, UK during the Fall 2015 term. GET TO KNOW BRONTE Tell us why you chose to study abroad. When I first went to an SFAI (San Francisco Art Institute)

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University of the Arts London

Top 10 Universities for Art & Design

UAL amongst three British universities leading global rankings for Art & Design University of Arts London (UAL) has been ranked as one of the top ten universities in the world for art and design. The QS world university rankings – based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact – placed UAL eighth worldwide.

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One Week and Feeling like Home

Bailey, London, Spring 2015

Having been to New York City quite a few times in my life, that’s the kind of feel I was expecting from London. Big cities. Financially sound (and expensive for that matter.) Very cultural. But as I stepped out of my “black cab” after my ride from the airport, the air smelled nothing like New York. It smelled cleaner, fresher, more community-oriented.

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London is My True Home

Holiday, London, Fall 2014

When I initially came to the UK last May I had every intention of returning to the US to finish my degree at the end of the Fall term. However, over the last 8 months a lot of things have changed and I have made the decision to stay in England. Obviously this is not the way your typical study abroad trip ends.

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London Has Become My Home

Alexa, London, Fall 2014

My time in London has unfortunately come to an end. I am sad to say goodbye to the place that has changed my life forever, but I am excited to see my family and friends again. London has become my home and I will never forget the wonderful memories and relationships I have made while abroad. While attending the London College of Fashion I have learned important lessons.

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My Ten Favorite Spots

Alexa, London, Fall 2014

After experiencing some of the most fabulous places in London, I found it very difficult to narrow down my ten favorite spots. My most cherished places in London include restaurants, music venues, museums, and many more. Brick Lane: I fell in love with Brick Lane the moment I stepped out of the tube station. The area is filled with hidden gems. You are guaranteed to find a store that tickles your fancy.

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Old Favorites & New Finds

Holiday, Holiday, Fall 2014

Since I have been to London countless times throughout my life to visit friends and family, picking just 10 favorites in this city is difficult. This list is a mix of old favorites and new finds. The Victoria and Albert Museum: The V&A is easily my favorite museum in London. Its collection is extensive and houses and massive variety of visual stimuli. I especially love the fashion and textiles section of the museum.

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Farewell London

Shawna, London, Fall 2014

Leaving London is definitely bittersweet, the time went by way too fast. I think for me coming and studying in London was one of the best decisions I could have made. I have learned so much both at the University of Arts and also about the city of London. I have learned a lot about how to be “city savvy” which is a vital skill to have wherever you go around the world.

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Meet our Blogger: Bailey

Bailey, London, Spring 2015

Bailey was selected as an SAI scholarship recipient and blogger for the Spring 2015 term. She is a current student at University of South Carolina studying at London South Bank University (LSBU) in London during the Sprig 2015 term. Tell us why you chose to study abroad. I chose to study abroad because I have never left the country before and I want to grow in my own independence while getting to know others.

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Missing Mexican Food

Holiday, London, Fall 2014

Although I grew up in California both of my parents are from London. Since I’m from an English family I haven’t really experienced ‘culture shock’ in the same way my peers have. If anything I feel very at home in the UK, more so than I did when I was living in U.S. One major thing about living here that is very different is I get to be close to my family.

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Best Things to do in London

Shawna, London, Fall 2014

 After living in London for about two months, I have been able to discover many amazing sights to see. An absolute favorite area of mine is a street called Brick Lane. It is located in an area known as Shoreditch and it has absolutely unbelievable vintage shopping. I try to go every Sunday as well because they have a street faire with clothing, food, art, and accessories. You can find pretty much anything there.

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Similarities and Differences

Alexa, London, Fall 2014

London has proved itself to be one of the most incredible cities in the world. I have had the best experience so far and I can’t wait to see what else is in store for the rest of my time here. Being from America, I have yet to experience much culture shock. Besides the accents and the famous meat pies, London and the States are actually very similar.

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Cultural Differences

Shawna, London, Fall 2014

Since being in London, I have not experienced any culture shock so far. I was very surprised that it has not completely hit me that I am in a different country. I am originally from Seattle and for me the weather is identical to the weather here in London, the city layout is somewhat similar as well. I have thought that could be a contributory factor to my lack of culture shock.

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First Impressions

Holiday, London, Fall 2014

As I have been living in London since May my arrival was quite different than that of my housemates. I simply jumped on the tube with my suitcase and in under an hour I was getting off at Edgware Road station and arriving at my new home! Although I have already been in London for 4 months living in such a central location is a completely unique experience.

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Arriving

Shawna, London, Fall 2014

First Impressions: My first impression of London started when my plane landed in Heathrow Airport. I just could not believe how huge the facility was. Everything was so easy to navigate. When it was time for me to meet my driver, I had so many emotions. I could not believe I was finally in London. The feeling was unbelievable.

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I Have Officially Arrived!

Alexa, London, Fall 2014

I have officially arrived in London! Traveling across the pond has been a whirlwind, but I could not be more pleased that I am here. When I first arrived to London I was riding in the front seat of the cab with wide eyes taking in as much as possible. My cab driver was pointing out the sights and informing me of the best tourist locations.

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Meet our Blogger: Shawna

Shawna, London, Fall 2014

Shawna is a current student at Washington State University studying at University of the Arts London during the Fall 2014 term. Tell us why you chose to study abroad. I chose to study abroad because I want to expand my knowledge and be able to creatively and critically think about the apparel world. Tell us about your school, major, interests, clubs (you in a nutshell). I attend Washington State University which is located in Pullman, Washington.

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Meet our Blogger: Alexa

Alexa, London, Fall 2014

Alexa is a current student at Colorado State University studying at University of the Arts London during the Fall 2014 term.   Tell us why you chose to study abroad. I chose to study abroad because I wanted to experience college and life outside of Colorado. I am a Journalism major with a minor in Merchandising and am working towards a career in fashion journalism.

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Little Known London

One of the most fun ways to get to know the UK, as hermetic as it may sound at first, is to experience its TV and Radio culture. One of the best places to get that experience up close and personal without becoming a total couch potato is to be in the audience at any number of filmings and audio recordings all over the city for the national television and radio stations.

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February in London

Maren, London, Spring 2012

February has brought me into the full swing of school. At Chelsea College of Art and Design, the interior and spatial design program runs much differently than the program at my home university. Chelsea’s program is broken down into approximately ten platforms.

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I Left America

Maren, London, Spring 2012

I left America for Europe on December 27th. This gave my older brother and I just over a week of traveling before I settled in London. My brother lived in Krakow, Poland for about half a year; so, Krakow was first on our agenda. As soon as I got there I immediately fell in love: the food, the architecture, the people! It is so different from anything I have experienced back home.

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