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Originally from Mississippi, USA, Caitlin came to the UK to study BA Museum Studies and Archaeology with International Foundation Year due to the University of Reading’s close connections to industry.

“This is not only an educational opportunity but one that allows me to see more of the world and meet new people. Attending university in a location so close to some of the most important museums in the UK is such an exciting experience. Reading has been such an amazing place to start my career.”

International Foundation Year

As an international student, Caitlin decided to take a four-year programme with an integrated International Foundation Year (Year 0) to equip her with subject-specific and general study skills needed to cope with the demands of undergraduate study. It also served as a prime opportunity to meet other international students going through the same experience.

“I was familiar with writing descriptive and informative essays; however, having support and guidance with essay writing was been beneficial. I took three optional modules alongside my core modules, which was really enjoyable as I could choose the modules I knew I would get the most out of, like ‘Perspective in the Humanities’. Each week we were taught a new topic, which I could carry through to Year 1 of my degree.”

First impressions

Caitlin instantly felt part of the close-knit community within the Department and was able to immerse herself in the multitude of resources available.

“The community in the Archaeology department is so wonderful. Everyone I have met has been so welcoming and kind. They are always willing to lend a helping hand.  

“The collections available in the on-site museums are amazing. It is a very hands-on and immersive environment, which allows students to get a glimpse of what working in the museum industry is really like.”



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