I want to go back!!!! Past Review

By (The University of Texas at Austin) - abroad from 09/08/2013 to 12/21/2013 with

Arcadia: London - London Internship Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
How to adapt and love in a foreign country! Definitely worthwhile, I was able to have a blast all over Europe with American students from all over.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The classes were pretty straight forward and not incredibly difficult or work intensive. Most of them required a couple small assignments and one final research paper.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

When I was there it was a relatively new team of people I think. Sometimes it was hard to get questions answered but overall they were pretty helpful.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in a two bedroom, two and a half bath apartment with four other girls. We were right at the center of everything in London. I absolutely loved our living arrangements. We even had a maid that came once a week!

* Food:

There was no meal plan with this program. But we were surrounded by good restaurants, markets and grocery stores. It was pretty expensive to eat in London.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt that living in an apartment and doing the internship really boosted my ability to integrate into the local culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Didn't have any really healthcare issues but it was easy to get medicine if needed.

* Safety:

I never felt in danger in London.

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


* 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)

It was very expensive to live in London.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? About $300
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Grocery shop and make your own food as much as possible.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
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?
  • The Location, loved London.
  • The internship, great experience.
* What could be improved?
  • I wished we had been given a travel card for the tube - that was a huge expense
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The best ways to travel - use easyjet or Ryanair to get around Europe the cheapest, use hostelworld to find places to stay. Travel as much as you can!

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.