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Caitlin at the University of Kent

Pre-departure:

After being accepted for an exchange by the PGIO in Stellenbosch, I then had to do an online application for my host university. This was very straight forward and after waiting a couple of weeks, the University of Kent notified me that I had been accepted for short term studies at their institution. After accepting my offer, I then had to apply for accommodation separately; this can be done through the university’s student accommodation website. At the University of Kent only first years and international students stay on campus, because of a lack of space. I would recommend applying to stay at Parkwood, which is self-catered accommodation, as you will probably share a house with a mixture of international and British students which creates a great atmosphere.  You also have the opportunity to pre-order a bedding pack, which includes a duvet, pillow, pillow case, duvet cover and sheet. I would recommend ordering the bedding pack, as you may not have time to buy bedding shortly after arriving as your first day is quite busy and the city centre of Canterbury is quite far from campus.

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Kayla at the University of Oxford

Pre-departure:

In November 2015 I was lucky enough to be invited to Oxford University, in Oxford England, to participate in a 2 week long Social Network Analysis course presented by their Social Psychology Department. The catch, however, was that I had less than a month to organise everything I needed for the trip. My supervisor and I approached the coordinators at the student exchange and mobility program to acquire the funding needed for this training course. They were extremely helpful and gave us everything we needed for the application process. I received support for this trip from the Psychology Department at Stellenbosch University, as well as my supervisor. Once my application for funding was submitted all I had to do was wait.

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