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Visiting student shares thoughts on his study at CSU

November 1, 2013

Billy Dale, chemistry major from the University of Leicester, England, spent two semesters studying at CSU as an exchange student.

As a student from England, I was apprehensive as to what to expect when I went out to America to study. It was always a dream of mine to study in America and live the American lifestyle. I can honestly say I could not imagine a better time than what I had at CSU.

On the 13 August 2012, I started my CSU experience. Before I came out to America I was given a talk about how 'culture shock' was going to affect me and that I could feel down and miss home. Oh, how they were wrong. Sure, being 4,600 miles away from your family and friends can take its toll but the friendly, helpful and polite people of Fort Collins and CSU made the transition from England to America, very, very easy. As a chemistry major, I knew it was going to be a tough year, but I was not deterred. Within the first day or so, I knew I had made a great choice about studying at CSU.

The generosity is something that I will never forget. Nothing seemed to be too much for people. There was never a time in my year CSU that I felt that I was a tourist. I felt that I was part of the CSU family, even if I did have a foreign accent.

As for how CSU has rubbed off on me at home, all I can say is that I do look at things with a different perspective. On one of my walls in my bedroom I have pictures from my year at CSU and in America, and on another wall I have the Colorado flag. Every time I look at these pictures and the flag, it brings a smile to my face. The year that I had at CSU was the best year of my life.

My CSU experience has changed me as a person. I will come back to Colorado and Fort Collins soon. One final thing is just to say thank you to everyone at CSU, Fort Collins and Colorado for giving me a life changing opportunity and experience.

Learn more about opportunities abroad

The University of Leicester is one of more than 18 active exchange programs available to Colorado State University students. Exchange programs allow CSU students to pay CSU tuition and fees while studying abroad at a partner institution in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Mexico, and Japan. Visit the Education Abroad Office in Laurel Hall to find out about getting started.

Applications open for summer and fall programs on Nov. 1. Feel free to stop by CSU Education Abroad during walk in hours Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Fridays, 10 a.m. to  noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., in Laurel Hall, Room 008 or visit the website.

Contact: Aimee Jones
Phone: (970) 491-3205