Best Location Possible January 02, 2018

By (University of Minnesota - Duluth) - abroad from 01/09/2017 to 05/04/2017 with

AIFS London - Richmond, The American International University in London

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to be independent and how to deal with situations that do not go as I expected, whether it be missing a flight/train or being homesick when I didn't think I would be. I had to adapt and make the best of each situation and learn to live in the moment.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The staff is absolutely wonderful, the two Resident Directors Nicki and Anderson were like family to me. They will help you with anything from homesickness to school.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

The Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is also the most expensive borough in all of London, I never felt unsafe while walking the streets.

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

The staff made everything so easy pre-departure and while I was there I felt like the staff actually cared about me and how I was doing

Finances

* 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)

Language

* 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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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
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?
  • Location
  • Staff
  • Pre-Departure help was so nice
* What could be improved?
  • Food
  • Bathrooms
  • Organized activities
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Asking questions is ok

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.