Hear from third year Biochemistry with Studies in the USA student, Peter Reid, who studied a year abroad at the University of Toledo.

Peter and classmates at university

What inspired you to study abroad with your course?  

I saw the opportunity when I was applying for universities, and thought it would be a good way to enhance my degree. I had never been abroad before, and this looked like a fun way to explore another country whilst studying.

What kind of support from the University of Toledo was available to you as an international student during your time in the USA?  

We had frequent meetings with our exchange coordinator, Dr. Ashburner, as well as support through the international office for any paperwork that we needed to complete. We had access to all of the health services on campus, including the mental health and wellbeing department.

How did your year at the University of Toledo compare with your first year studying at Salford? 

It was much more of a challenge as expected moving from first year into second year, but it has given me a hard-working mindset to approach third year.

What was your accommodation like at the University of Toledo?

The housing on campus was about the same price as first year accommodation, but there was a lot more on offer. We each had a large room with a private bathroom, a large kitchen and living area, and in-house laundry facilities. The complex had a pool and free gym, as well as a games room where frequent events were held.

What was your favourite moment of your experience studying in the USA? 

My favourite moment was going to the first football game of the season during the hot August weather. We spent the morning in the swimming pool at the accommodation, put on some face paint, and went to the game. The atmosphere was amazing, and I met a good few friends there who I would hang out with for the rest of the year.

Peter and classmates at University of Toledo game

How as your time in the USA helped you with your studies?  

The workload in the US was very intense, with exams and reports due about every two weeks. Maintaining a high grade is not an easy thing to do, and you have to be on the ball at all times. Now, back at Salford, it feels like a breeze getting everything done; I’m used to working under pressure now, so having long deadlines and exams once a semester is a walk in the park.

Do you have any other thoughts or comments you’d like to share with us on your studying abroad experience?    

It was a really worthwhile experience for me. There were ups and downs, as to be expected, but I would do it again in a heartbeat!