University of Nottingham
Through this program, students may choose to spend a year or semester studying at the University of Nottingham in England. The University of Nottingham boasts a wide variety of disciplines and over 200 undergraduate courses from which international students may choose during their time abroad. It also offers the valuable chance to explore the city of Nottingham itself. Students who choose to study through this program may live on campus, choosing from a variety of housing options, or may opt to live independently by their own means. Meals are provided accordingly, varying by housing program. The University of Nottingham opens its numerous social clubs, teams, and events to its international students, which may prove quite valuable in fostering community and friendship with local students. In order to qualify for this program, students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.
Further info can be found at:http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/ and at:http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/internationalstudents/index.aspx
The biggest difference is attitude. If you live in a dorm on campus, chances are you'll be surrounded by almost all first-year students, and they only need a 40% to make it through their first year (and even if they fail, they can "re-sit" exams, etc). Needless to say, academics aren't exactly the emphasis. There's no "we're all in this together" feeling like there is at Reed to get you through the tough times. Academically, it's much easier, but anything administrative is incredibly difficult. Registering for classes was a nightmare, and getting access to a psychology database that I should have had access to all year was even more difficult (and ultimately never got done). There's hardly any coursework, it's just one end of semester or end of year exam, so you need to make sure you keep up throughout the year. Housing was great, a bit small, but great. They GIVE you a mini-fridge, they clean your room for you once a week, and you get three meals daily (this is all if you live on campus). There's laundry machines in-house, every dorm has a bar, some have ping-pong tables/Wiis, etc. English people are nice, but don't expect them to be as warm/outgoing as people at Reed-the whole concept of "English reserve" is very real. You do have to make a bit of an extra effort to engage them, but they usually love the fact that you're American. There's a lot less hanging out/partying in rooms and a LOT more going out to bars/clubs, etc., so be prepared for this to be the crux of social life there. I left Reed because I was getting frustrated with how small it can be, how stressed out I was, etc., and while at Reed I often wondered if I would be better off at a big state school. Now I know that Reed is absolutely the right place for me.