Memories to last a lifetime Past Review

By (California Lutheran University) - abroad from 09/01/2015 to 12/19/2015 with

AIFS London - Richmond, The American International University in London

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained an appreciation for new cultures and a love for traveling throughout Europe. It was definitely the best decision I could have made and I hope to go back as soon as I can.

Review Photos

AIFS London - Richmond, The American International University in London Photo AIFS London - Richmond, The American International University in London Photo

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Studying abroad was easily the best decision I could have made during college.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Anderson, the Resident Director makes the rainy days a little brighter and is always there when you need a good laugh.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Atlantic House is an old building so the rooms are not the greatest but you can't go wrong living in the best part of London!

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I got really sick during the first couple weeks and the AIFS Staff made it really easy and quick to see a doctor and get some antibiotics.

* Safety:

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)

Living in London was definitely a lot more expensive than I thought it would be. If you want to be able to splurge on meals and gifts, it is a good idea to save a lot of money.

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy some groceries and snacks from Tesco to save yourself from always going out to get food.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Location
  • Friends
  • Traveling
* What could be improved?
  • Food
  • Housing Rules
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I would have saved up a little more money to travel to more countries in Europe.

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.