Alumni Spotlight: Victoria Hui

Victoria in front of the Tower Bridge in London

Why did you decide to study abroad with IES Abroad in London?

Victoria: I knew I wanted to not only study abroad in London, but also do an internship. The summer was my preferred time period, so I began looking at various programs. IES fit my wants perfectly. It was an 8 week internship in the summer. It also offered a class component, in addition to the internship. I loved the excursions offered and the housing accommodations.

What made your study abroad experience unique and special?

Victoria: IES made everything so easy. I was able to contact them, prior to leaving, with any questions or concerns. Once over there, they were still in constant contact with us and offered support along the way. My experience was unique in that I was able to work within the vibrant culture of London. My work was about an hour commute from where I stayed, but I'm thankful for that. I was able to commute like a true Londoner and see parts of the city I never would have ventured otherwise. I was with a great group of students and able to experience a fantastic city! London is a city with a rich history and something to discover at every turn.

How has this experience impacted your future?

Victoria: My internship added an invaluable aspect to my resume. Not only that, but I learned how businesses operate abroad. I was given new leadership roles and learned to grow into those. I was lucky to work in a small organization, where I was able to be a part of many projects and tasks. I took these skills back to America and they have helped me in the jobs I have held here.

This experience made me want to go abroad again and work there for a longer period of time. I learned a lot about myself abroad. It was the first time I was truly by myself (in the sense that I knew no one prior to traveling) and learned how to deal with that. I learned to operate London's transportation system and streets. I learned I actually enjoyed being on my own! It's a new kind of freedom to be able to take the Underground and just explore a vast city on your own.