Less Daunting Than Expected January 13, 2017

By (Drama, Theater, Theatre Arts, Trinity University) - abroad from 09/05/2016 to 12/17/2016 with

Arcadia: London - London Internship Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a better understanding of living on my own, as well as London culture and theatre. It was definitely worthwhile!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

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:

It would have been nice to have some kind of meal plan, though I understand it would be difficult.

* 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? No

I had difficulties with selecting classes that worked with my major, and I didn't always get as much out of my internship as I had hoped.

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)

London is a very expensive city, especially with travel.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? About $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Learn to cook in bulk, and take advantage of student discounts whenever you can.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Other
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Independence
  • Flexibility with travel
  • Immersion in the city
* What could be improved?
  • More consideration for transportation
  • More class options
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I really needed to plan my courses out better, because that ended up being confusing and I wound up taking three very similar courses at the same time.

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!