Going Global: Study abroad Q&A with Thoko Zimba
Carolina students have amazing opportunities at their fingertips, and studying abroad is one of the most popular. UNC offers more than 300 study abroad programs across 70 different countries – from summer semesters to year-long programs. Over the next few days, we will introduce you to six Carolina students who packed their bags and set out to new classrooms all over the world.
“Choose a place that you’ve always wanted to visit or a place that you know absolutely nothing about. Either way, it’s bound to create memories that you can use in your autobiography later on.”
Thokozile (Thoko) Zimba from Lusaka, Zambia
UNC Honors Semester in London; London, England
Why you picked this program: I had always wanted to live in London and the program was the perfect opportunity for me to do so. The diversity of the city is something that I’ve always been drawn to and it was interesting to explore the ways in which British culture has influenced Zambian culture as we are a former colony.
How UNC helped: UNC played a vital role in me studying abroad. The program is directly affiliated with the university so all my class credits (and my internship credits) transferred easily. The Honors department helped me find an amazing internship in Reading, UK, where I was able to gain new tangible skills that have already begun to serve me in other internships and classes. Through the Honors Spring Semester in London, I was able to meet fantastic people that I might never have met at UNC. We roamed in different circles prior to the trip but are now a family. (They are the only ones who can understand all my allusions to British pop culture).
Advice to students who want to study abroad: My first piece of advice would be to go ahead and do it! If you’re considering studying abroad and have the opportunity to do so, I would strongly recommend that you add that experience to your life. Choose a place that you’ve always wanted to visit or a place that you know absolutely nothing about. Either way, it’s bound to create memories that you can use in your autobiography later on. Studying abroad is becoming easier with scholarship opportunities, available class credits, and encouragement and support from the university. There are plenty of people willing to help you out and make this opportunity possible (including me).
Stay tuned for the next five study abroad student profiles!
To find out more about study abroad opportunities at Carolina, please visit the Study Abroad website at https://studyabroad.unc.edu/.