Studying Abroad In Europe!

Rhiannon Archambault Start Date: Jun 26, 2016 - End Date: Jun 25, 2017
  • Scotland, United Kingdom
  • England, United Kingdom
  • Ireland

My Travel Story

by: Rhiannon Archambault Start Date: Jun 26, 2016 - End Date: Jun 25, 2017
I have been interested in traveling for nearly a decade. At this moment in my life, education seems to be the only guaranteed way that I will be able to fulfil that dream. I am in my third year of college. I am attending my second institution. I took my first two years of school for granted, for which I decided transferring universities was my best and healthiest option for my grades, my mental health, and my future in pursuing a career in my desired field of Criminal Justice. Since transferring my grades have shot up. I am doing better than ever. My first school had abroad opportunities but nothing to the scale that my current school, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, is able to offer its students.

My goal, if I am able to study abroad, is to gain an understanding of the justice system of my desired study destination and use that information to recognize differences in the systems, see the flaws of both, what works in each and what doesn't, and create relationships that may benefit me while pursuing a career for that field. I hope to use the knowledge I gain in school and while studying abroad to pursue a career working with victims, past criminals, career criminals, and at-risk youth to make differences in such lives.

Ireland, Scotland, and England are my top 3 destinations, with Scotland being my number 1. Classmates and friends of mine have been able to experience studying abroad in these areas and they have raved about how beautiful it is and how life changing the experience was.

The average price for studying abroad to these countries through the different programs I have looked at is between $14,000 and $16,000, and I am recommended to save an additional $3,000 for spending/meals/travel and airfare/etc. I was able to speak with a financial adviser at my university recently and she told me that with my financial aid about $9,000 can be covered. I can provide another $1,500 - $2,000/$2,500 through working full time during my summer vacation and fall semester. I am currently registered for 5 classes this fall on top of maintaining grades and working. That leaves nearly $6,500 left. I have money put away now that was meant for other purposes that I am putting away to travel.

I am looking to study abroad during the Spring 2017 semester, the second semester of my junior year. The deadline for most abroad applications is around the second week of October. Payments are due about 3 weeks before departure date. It gives me time to save up, but not what is required for the trip. Fall 2017 is the most reasonable option for me to study but I would like to be able to do it before my senior year as that was when I was looking to complete my real world experience/internship required for my degree.

I do not ever ask anything of anyone. I have always maintained that I will work for what I get, as that was exactly how I was raised. I would be the first in my family to travel abroad like this. It has been my dream for years and if I am able to be granted this opportunity I would never forget it. Life after college has gained a negative reputation among graduates. I am grateful to be attending a university that provides such excellent opportunities to travel. If I graduate without taking advantage of these opportunities I don't think I would ever forgive myself, especially because this may be the one and only chance I have to travel and actually LIVE.

Anything is helpful. Even reading this is helpful. I don't take any of the privilege or advantages I have for granted. I recognize that I have it better than many people, but I haven't been granted the luxury of being financially stable enough to fund a travel, even when more than half is being paid for through financial aid.

Here is a link to the International Programs provided by my university. Thank you for your help.
  • Scotland, United Kingdom
  • England, United Kingdom
  • Ireland