Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Performance and Cultural Industries

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I would advise and encourage anyone to do Study Abroad, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity that is far too good to miss!”

Linda Horsburgh

Study Aboad Student Linda Horsburgh of Managing Performance talks to Focus about her Study Abroad placement she is currently undergoing in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

“7 months ago I boarded a plane at Gatwick airport bound for Canada. I was embarking on my study abroad year, majoring in Drama at the University of Calgary. I have never been so scared in my entire life, but now looking back, this has been the best decision I have ever made. Calgary is situated in Alberta, one of the western provinces of Canada and the closest city to the famous Rocky Mountains.  Whilst here I have been hang gliding, ice skating on a lake, skiing, snow boarding, tobogganing, to the largest mall in North America, eaten countless amazing burgers, all in amongst studying and being a part of the university’s Drama department.

As a Managing Performance student it has had a huge impact on my view of my studies to have the opportunity to study acting for a year. Teaching here is very similar to that of a UK drama school, as many of the U of C drama students hope to go onto become professional actors. The most important thing for me though is the vast array of people that I have come into contact with. I have met new friends from all over the world; friends I know will be around for the rest of my life. We’ve all experienced living far away from home for a year and have been determined to make the most of every second.This for me is the year of saying ‘Yes’, and since I got off that plane last September I haven’t once regretted it. I would advise and encourage anyone to do Study Abroad, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity that is far too good to miss!”

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