Spring Abroad at KCL Past Review

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/02/2018 to 06/02/2018 with

Arcadia: London - King's College London

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained stamps on my passport and learned to how to make it through a semester you hate. It would have been worthwhile on a different program.

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.

These classes were far above my science education due to the differences is education systems. I was not prepared for the courses for which I was approved.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt like the British students had no interest in getting to know study abroad students

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Arcadia was great at helping with health issues.

* Safety:

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

There was no structure and I found it hard to make friends. The classes were beyond challenging and not what I wanted.


* 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)

London is incredibly expensive

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 175-200


* 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

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

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Location
  • Arcadia staff
* What could be improved?
  • Programs for abroad student
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How isolating it is

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!