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By (Western Kentucky University) - abroad from 06/08/2019 to 07/20/2019 with

AIFS London - Richmond, The American International University in London

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes! I learned to become more confident and independent in my choices. Exploring a different city by myself and with other people really showed my what I am capable of. I became more interested in all types of art, and I know that I want a creative career.

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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.

My classes were interesting and stimulating. British Fantasy Writing was especially fun.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

I loved having weekday meals covered. Sometimes the meals were repetitive, but overall, I did not mind them.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I loved that AIFS offered opportunities for cultural excursions with the program.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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

From the helpful staff to the all-inclusive aspects to the cultural excursions, AIFS provided everything they could to make the experience worthwhile.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Around $200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Eat as many of your meals at AIFS as you can! You have the weekends and occasional weekdays to eat out, but you would rather spend that money on traveling and exploring.

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

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Cultural Excursions
  • Classes
  • All-inclusive
* What could be improved?
  • Some meals
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It is worth it to spend a little more money and time doing a weekend trip to another country!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!