Academics changed my plan, London changed my perspective, people changed my life January 06, 2018

By (Arcadia University) - abroad from 09/20/2017 to 12/16/2017 with

Arcadia: London - Goldsmiths, University of London

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Learned that I love writing a lot more than I thought I did Gained professional advice/insight from lecturers and advisors Met my best friend Gained the experience itself to know that I want to keep traveling Yes, it was 100% worth it

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Much reading and independent research required

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Many resources and admin available. Can be very confusing who to speak to but definitely recommend taking initiative from the start!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The people were super friendly and easy to live with, but conditions required almost weekly maintenance (although not the case for most other flats)

* Food:

Great pubs and take away places all over New Cross, also very affordable supermarkets

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

More integrated with international students than British locals

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Saw a GP once for a 2-week cold/throat issue I had and was very comfortable and felt professional

* Safety:

Felt very safe on and off campus

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

It had to be Goldsmiths/London because of the people I met there, because of what I learned about Visual Cultures and myself so that I can move forward personally and professionally

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)

Very easy during the first 2 months, but later spent more than anticipated (eating out/going out more, trying to enjoy the last couple weeks)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Dollar store for cleaning products (paper towel, tissues, toilet paper, sponges, etc) Bring towels, bed linens, utensils, etc in your suitcase if you can Split the cost of pans, cups, etc with flatmates by sharing

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Dinners/events set up for us
* What could be improved?
  • Excursion organization
  • Check-in meetings could be more personal
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? ...

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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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.'