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Exchange student experiences life across the pond

Exchange student Wednesday 5 October 2016

An exchange opportunity saw third year student Eleanor Ehlen experience what life is like at an American University. 

For four months, Eleanor studied Maths and Accounting at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana after seizing the chance to spend time overseas.

“I have always loved travelling, so studying abroad was a no brainier for me, not only getting to see new places, but also getting the academic credits,” said Eleanor.

“The classes are definitely more intense in America, test and quizzes every week, a lot more marked homework, and also more classes. It was definitely challenging, but in a good way.

“The highlight was definitely the people I met, although American culture is quite similar to English, their way of life is massively different, so making good friends meant I settled in quickly. I made friends for life and I’m still in contact with them now.”

Eleanor, who studies Accounting & Finance and Mathematics at Hope, studied at Ball State from August - December 2015 and found the experience ‘surprisingly affordable’.

She said: “It has definitely given me a different view on the world, there is so much out there to see and it has encouraged me to travel so much more.”

Since returning to Hope and starting her third year of study, Eleanor has joined the University’s International Hub as an Exchange Officer, and helps other students to arrange exchange experiences.

“It’s surprising how many students don't go out on exchange, as I think it’s important for students to take every opportunity they have at university,” said Eleanor.

“It's a time where we can go and try new things and if it doesn't work out, it's not much lost, but when it does work out, it will be the best thing you do during your time at university.”

If you would like to find out more about exchange opportunities, you can contact Eleanor via

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