A study trip to the UK

A study trip to the UK

Listen to Ella talking about some of the most memorable moments from a study trip to the UK.


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I want to talk about my life in (the) UK. I went to study in the UK a few years ago. The most exciting experience is that I went to a host family for my Christmas holiday in December. I went there alone … on a train. It took me about one or two hours to get there, to York, and then I stayed there for one week. This was the first time that I spent time with a UK family, which I learned a lot from them. They treat (treated) me like a family member, they took me out to eat, to play and to see all the different interesting culture of their region. On Christmas Day, they even bought me some presents to celebrate the Christmas (celebrate Christmas). 

When I went back to Oxford, which was the place that I stayed for that year, I had the chance to teach in a Chinese school every Sunday. The kids are (were) about 14 years old and I taught them Chinese. They were very cute but they all speak (spoke) in English. I spent lots of time to encourage (encouraging) them to speak in Cantonese. 

During my study (studies) in the UK, I lived with (a) few other students from different countries. They are very nice and we used to cook on our own, just like a big family. Every day we will go to … every day we went to supermarkets to buy food and drinks and desserts. We cooked every day. I was not a good cook – normally I just put everything into (the) oven. And I've tried (I tried) to bake a cake before but failed and they all laughed at me. And every time when I bake(d) a cake, they never taste(d) it. We share(d) a flat together – we share(d) kitchen, bathrooms but we do (did) have our own sink and bedroom. The life (Life) in the UK is quite relaxing besides study because you can explore more and do different activities at school or even some other extracurricular activities. 

After I come (came) back (to) Hong Kong, I still keep in touch with all my friends in the UK, from different countries like Italy, Malaysia, Japan, UK and other countries. Sometimes we even send email(s) to each other, sometimes they may come to Hong Kong to visit and we will meet each other again. 

I really enjoy (enjoyed) the time in the UK. I hope you will also have the chance to explore more in other different countries in the future.


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Submitted by meknini on Tue, 12/07/2022 - 05:16


A few decades ago, I studied at two universities abroad. The years I spent at those two prestigious universities are the highlights of my life and I still reminisce about them to those who would listen or when I got together with my university buddies and we would swap tales and laugh our hearts out recalling our foolishness in our youths. Those memories do keep us young at heart and lighten our moods when things don't go as we hope.

Submitted by LBPLATAS on Sun, 12/06/2022 - 12:32


Yes, I've studied abroad the last two years of my university degree.I was studying in La Sorobona located in Paris (France) for three years. It was a great experience because I
improved my french level and met a lot of interesting mates. I think that studying abroad is one the best decissions that somebody can take in his life.

Submitted by aturhal on Sun, 05/06/2022 - 11:54


I've never studied abroad. I wonder that how experience that to live different countries. Maybe in future, I have a opportunity for business life abroad.

Submitted by nati_ on Mon, 25/04/2022 - 22:13


I have never studied abroad, I would like to have that amazing experience. Actually, in august I'll be travelling to Ireland to work and study English there. I want to explore places that where so different to my own, taste new dishes, learn about Irish culture, meet people from different countries and improve my English skills. I'm very exciting about that, I can't wait to start the adventure.

Submitted by danny0509 on Fri, 26/11/2021 - 03:04


no, i really had not could travel out of my country, however, i studied in another city, diferent the city my family live, i lived alone in several rooms, in diferents host houses. i knew very interesting people, all of they were nice and polite whit me.

Submitted by huseyinkoc on Mon, 22/11/2021 - 20:19


I have never been stuied in abroad. Actually, I had a chance to study in Germany when I was at university. I was a succesful student. Average of my grades were 3.75/4.00 so I had the chance to go abroad for my education. There was an exam for checking my German skills but I didn't know anything about German and I didn't have enough time to learn something. Because there was 1 mounth for exam. I couldn't have done that. I didn't pass the exam and I missed the chance to study in abroad.

Submitted by Lan Vo on Thu, 21/10/2021 - 04:37


I haven't opportunity to study abroad. I think that's a great time to spent in yourlife, you can study a lot of knowledge and develop your skill, adap new inviroment and enjoy everything. I'll try my best in the future for my children have a chance to study abroad if they really like this.

Submitted by Zamira on Fri, 01/10/2021 - 17:11


I have never studied abroad. However if I get a visa I will study in the UK. I am sure I will be a good experience for me. It will help me to improve my English. I would like to meet new people from different countries, to see the sights.

Submitted by KR on Sat, 06/03/2021 - 14:27

Sadly, I haven't studied abroad yet, altough I belive it's a great idea to do such a thing because 1. doing it can improve your language skills (of course this one depends on the country you chose and attitude towards others) and 2. it broadens your expierences with different cultures and can make you a more tolerant person. On the other hand you may feel lost there but from what I know it doesn't happen very often.