Office of International Programs

Kayla Caiazzo

Kayla Caiazzo
University of Leicester, England
Fall 2014

I am at the midway point of my time abroad, which is amazing and hard to comprehend at the same time. My time in England has been an indescribable experience, and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. I am a language student, and my choice to come to England was based on my love of dialects and the English language, and my love of English culture.
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I am extremely grateful for receiving the scholarship as it affected my choice of destinations, and I was able to go where I wished to. And what a rewarding experience it has been. I am taking six courses at the University of Leicester over the course of the year, and it has been quite interesting seeing the differences between the teaching styles of the two universities.

It is certainly a different academic experience, as in England there is more focus on a final assessment rather than a grade balanced between coursework and exams like at USM. I also have many travel plans around Europe and the UK for the spring and it will be amazing to cross some of the destinations off of my bucket list. 

I have made so many friends from all around the world while here in Leicester, and I can't wait to meet many of the new arrivals in the spring semester. People study in Leicester from  so many different places, and I now have friends from Australia, Uruguay, Latvia, England of course, and many more. They are all such wonderful people. One of my more memorable experiences happened the first night I arrived when I had just moved into my room for the year, and I was pretty nervous and rather freaked out with being in a foreign country alone for the first time. There was a knock on my door, and standing there were a couple of people that have since become my best friends here. Talking with them for hours that night was such a wonderful experience, and they made me feel completely at home. I am so glad that I was able to come here, and I sincerely thank the Kaufman family for helping me get here. I have learned so much about the world and about myself, and I already want to be able to come back in the future.