Put a seatbelt on; The ride is wild Past Review

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/25/2017 to 12/16/2017 with

Arcadia: London - King's College London

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
So many life skills, problem solving, travel logistics, coping with issues and learning how to manage everything, cooking, safety, transportation...etc.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

I made all of my own 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:

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

I was studying with two of my best friends and direct enrollment was a great cultural experience. Living in a big city was something new and really eye opening to how a huge part of the world functions.


* 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)

I focussed a lot on financials and didn't eat out really.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 160
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Oktoberfest is expensive. Book places to stay in advance. Cover fees to get into clubs add up. Buying drinks at the clubs and not drinking before is way more money.


* 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
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?
  • Freedom
  • Travel
  • Night-Life
* What could be improved?
  • Class selection advice
  • Living situations
  • Packing tips
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I shouldn't try something new class wise in an intense institution.

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.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Causes of War

Course Department: War Studies
Instructor: Charlie Laderman
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Loved this class, super interesting and fair grading, a much more practical and historical version of a Midd PSCI class.
Credit Transfer Issues:
Course Name/Rating:

Greek Philosophy I

Course Department: Philosophy
Instructor: Tamsin De Waal
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Would not recommend--grading unfair and not helpful course for a student who hadn't studied philosophy before. Note that I rarely attended this class.
Credit Transfer Issues: No.
Course Name/Rating:

Museums of London; A cultural history

Course Department: Classics
Instructor: Ellen Adams
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Awesome class. Visited museums the whole time, and had interesting assignments. Take this class if you go to King's.
Credit Transfer Issues: No.
Course Name/Rating:

Introduction to Ancient History

Course Department: History
Instructor: Lindsay Adams
Instruction Language: Englsih
Comments: Fair grading, boring lectures, interesting topics on archaic history.
Credit Transfer Issues: No.