Incredible Past Review

By (Study Abroad, Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/05/2015 to 06/20/2015 with

Arcadia: London - Goldsmiths, University of London

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Cultural exposure, friends, experiencing a different academic system, etc.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Arcadia staff was very supportive and provided many servicies to facilitate our academic needs. Professors at Goldsmiths College were very knowledgeable. However the academic program was not very demandingor rigorous. Study abroad students did not haev many responsibilites.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The international students office was very supportive, knowledgeable, and capable of handling all international students from different backgrounds. The admisnistration for the individual carrer subjects seemed to have communicated well with the international office. However, sometimes the class instructors seemed to have experienced miscommunications with the administration as they were not always aware on how we were to be assessed. Nonetheless, they were flexible and supportive.

* 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?

I cannot say, as I did not experience any health issues.

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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? 40GBP


* 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?

Select all that apply

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

Select all that apply

  • Local 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?
  • Friends
  • Food
  • Travels
* What could be improved?
  • More rigorous academics
  • communication between instructors and administrators
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Exactly how academicalyy demanding it would be

Reasons For Studying Abroad

To help future students find programs attended by like-minded individuals, please choose the profile that most closely represents you.
The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'