By: Brian Nguyen

“I couldn’t wait for spring break and the London Exchange Program.  It was such a great opportunity it blows my mind now.” – Michael Tran

Why did you choose to join the London Exchange Program instead of going back to your home country like many other students?

I love finding out about the world’s history, to understand how people have changed and developed.  London is a city that has a mix of antiquity such as Oxford University, Big Ben tower and modernity like The Shard Building, the fourth-highest skyscraper in Europe, or the London Eye. They made me so curious that I couldn’t wait to visit.

What did you do in London? And what did you like most?

I visited many places such as Saint Paul’s Church,  the Bank of England,  Emirates Stadium, and the London Eye, to name a few.  Each was a great experience and a lot of fun. I visited Oxford University – which is a well-known and ancient university. It’s an excellent school which I would love to attend.  I also went to the Big Ben tower which always displays the exact time. It is built beside the Thames River, and I must say it seemed quite romantic. I liked the London Eye the most because I could see the whole of London from it.  I could see the petite alleys running between the old buildings which made London so captivating.  After visiting the sights, you can walk along the River Thames, and drink a hot cup of tea. It was such an amazing experience; it is hard to find words to describe it.   I had a great time!

How do you feel about CATS Canterbury? Are there any differences between CATS Boston and CATS Canterbury?

CATS Canterbury is a nice school with an antique-style building. I had the honor to talk to CATS Canterbury’s Principal. We had a pleasant conversation about life in the United States and England.  There were a few cultural differences, but the schools are similar in that they offer a common opportunity: to give students the best environment to study, especially students who speak English as their second language.

Is there anything else you want to share?

You should visit London. I promise you will never regret the time you spend there. It’s a beautiful city which has everything, from great landscapes, good food to very nice people. I’ll go back there whenever I have a chance!