What are your thoughts on visits from your home uni on your year abroad?

Have you ever received such a visit (and if not, did you wish someone had come), were you pleased to see that member of staff, was it useful? (perhaps it might have been more useful at a different point in the year, or maybe the staff member could have been more helpful if they had done something or other?) Is it worth continuing/reinstating?

This question was asked on 11th August 2014 and has been read 724 times.

  • Bogi Szabo · 3 years ago

    I would not have liked a visit from my home uni. I think it would have felt like uni was interfering too much - students on their year abroad are supposed to be learning to be independent, and a staff member coming to visit is far too much like work experience at school when you're 16!

    I think the support channels should be there, if the student needs them, with contact available over telephone and email. But if the student is happy, I don't think the university needs to visit them.

  • Fraser Bowen · 3 years ago

    I know someone who had an awkward coffee with a lecturer from home! Sounded super weird and uncomfortable to me. This is what skype is for, or better, email

  • Lauren Stevens · 3 years ago

    I would have actually liked it because I felt really isolated during my first few months and my host organisation wasn't very supportive. It seemed like most of the Spanish department students on their year abroad from my university got a visit except me (probably because I was in Melilla, a Spanish territory on the north coast of Africa)! However, I did get a Skype call. From the antics I'd heard about from my friends, it did seem like a bit of a waste of university funds. 

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