As one of the most popular destinations for international students, it makes sense that England has 458,490 university students from out of the country. This accounts for almost 20 percent of those in higher education in the UK!
While you may be considering studying abroad in London, you may not have thought about the smaller English cities that line the coastlines. Filled with a rich history, Canterbury – the ‘burrow of Kent’ in southern England- is one of these places. It’s one of the best places to have your study abroad experience, so you should look into it!
Here, we’re going to tell you a few of the many reasons you should spend the winter in England, specifically studying in Canterbury. Read on to learn about one of the most beautiful cities the world has to offer!
As a study abroad student, the coursework is likely the first thing you look at. Canterbury is great because you’ll have a lot of programs to choose from at the three main universities you’ll find there.
Whether you choose Canterbury Christ Church University, the University of Kent, or the University for the Creative Arts, these tips on organization and coursework completion are sure to help you find success!
People like to complain about the weather in England, but it truly isn’t so bad. While scattered showers are prevalent, they’re quite short. They quickly turn to sunshine, and the rain is something to be thankful for since it helps the beautiful gardens to grow.
Since you’ll be in Kent for the winter, you may be concerned about the cold. You’ll be happy to hear, however, that England (especially southern England) is known for its mild winters. It rarely gets below 40 degrees F. Even a small brush of snow is so rare that it causes campuses to shut down and restaurants like Pizza Hut to close ‘due to extreme weather conditions.’
Speaking of Pizza Hut, these chain restaurants in the UK have something called ‘super cheesy mac and cheese.’ It’s exactly what it sounds like, you can’t find it anywhere else, and it’s heavenly.
In fact, most English food is heavenly. The ‘bland-food’ stereotype of England doesn’t in any way ring true. Canterbury is home to some amazing restaurants that you’ll be missing for years after you leave.
For a quaint English experience, head to Tiny Tim’s Tearoom and have a scone and a cup of tea while doing your coursework. If you’re on the go, the burger cart near Canterbury Cathedral may be for you. There’s also an amazing Alice in Wonderland inspired sandwich shop if you’re in for an adventure!
Tesco Meal Deal is also pretty great, but we’ll leave you to discover that marvel on your own.
Canterbury is home to a number of amazing sites that you simply can’t miss. The canal is beautiful in the wintertime, and on the nicer days, the temperate climate even allows you to take a boat tour of it!
More than that, though, there are tons of historic sites in Canterbury. Head to the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge to see a ridiculously huge variety of items. From gauntlets belonging to medieval kings to butterflies pinned down by lepidopterists, they have it all.
You’ll also want to check out the Canterbury Tales Dungeon. While it isn’t really historic, it’s a live recreation of each of the most popular tales in Chaucer’s novel. The dungeon feels realistic and the sounds and giant figurines used to reenact the scenes are a fun breath of fresh air (not literally. It’s purposely intended to smell like a medieval dungeon. But it’s well worth braving the smell.)
A historical site that warrants its own section, Canterbury Cathedral is one of the most appealing reasons to study abroad in Canterbury. The site of the murder of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, it has a rich history that you’ll learn about in any class you take in Kent.
One of the best things about Canterbury Cathedral is its stunning architecture. From the outside, you can see the Gothic inspiration that the architects used in building the cathedral. Inside, you’re in for a treat- stained glass windows line every wall, creating an amalgamation of colors you’ll never forget seeing.
After seeing the Cathedral, head over to St. Augustine’s Abbey. It’s about a five-minute walk away and is another architectural marvel that you’ll enjoy looking at.
The transit in all of the UK is nothing to sneeze at. The Tube in London is one of the best public transit systems in all the world, after all!
Awesome transit systems aren’t just limited to London, though. There are two train stations in Canterbury that can take you anywhere in the UK you want to go to. Weekend trips to London or Bath are in no way out of the picture. You also can travel abroad to greater Europe by taking the train from Canterbury to London and then getting on the Eurail!
The bus is another great way to get from Canterbury to other parts of England. It’s slower, but it’s cheaper, and it works well for study-abroad students on a budget.
Finally, exploring the city itself is an essential reason to head off to Canterbury for your study-abroad adventure. With small bookstores and tearooms to duck into during the day to pubs to head out to with friends at night, there’s so much to explore.
Spend some time wandering Canterbury’s streets. The scenery will be a memory you’ll treasure for the rest of your life.
There are a lot of great reasons to spend winter in England, and Canterbury is one of the best places to do it.
Now that you know a few of the many reasons to attend university in Canterbury this winter semester, it’s time to get some more tips about English culture and academic life. Check out the ‘UK culture’ tab on our home page to learn more about the interactions you’ll have, the sites you’ll see, and the memories you’ll cherish for the rest of your life.
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