Summer in London Past Review

By (Applied Economics., Ohio State University - Columbus) - abroad from 06/08/2013 to 07/27/2013 with

AIFS London - Richmond, The American International University in London

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
You learn a lot, become more independent, and it's fun

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The classes were demanding. You could only miss two classes, which occurred Monday- Friday for three hours a day.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

On site staff was very friendly and always helpful. They had knowledge of the area and wanted to help you have a good experience.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My dorm room was big but uncomfortable, I felt that some of the other dorms were better than mine.

* Food:

There was no food provided over the summer but you received a stipend for spending money.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

There were many local excursions to integrate into the local culture. We went to shows, did a bus tour, and saw the football stadium. They planned events that were relevant to British culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Health care was provided

* Safety:

There was tight security and an ID card required to enter the building

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Pretty easily if I budgeted correctly, although London is pretty expensive so sometimes it was difficult.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $300
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't eat at a restaurant for every meal and be careful of how much you spend at bars


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • All inclusive
  • Helpful
  • We'll planned
* What could be improved?
  • Food stipend
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That there would not be food provided

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.