a summer for the books! September 15, 2023

By (History, Brandeis University) - abroad from 06/12/2023 to 08/04/2023 with

Arcadia: London - London Internship Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I adored London and it's now one of my favorite cities. It was absolutely worthwhile and I am so grateful that I was able to spend time there!

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.

The classes over the summer weren't too difficult but there was definitely work! I found the instructors to be helpful and easy to get in contact with and Arcadia facilitated that.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I always felt like Arcadia was safe and organized. When I arrived late to the program, two of the resident advisors were there to greet me at the door when I arrived. The program did an orientation even for its summer students and did many free events that were appreciated, including a Broadway show.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved the Princess Elizabeth House. The dormitory is located in Highgate, a quiet neighborhood that was easily accessible by train but wasn't right in the middle of the city. The house was beautiful and well maintained, and every floor had a kitchen.

* Food:

n/a, the program does not provide food, students prepare it themselves.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

n/a, had no issues

* Safety:

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

I felt Arcadia was well organized and that the facilities were nice


* 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 super expensive! There are lots of free things you can do like museums and ALDI is good for cheap groceries. But things do add up!

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 250$ a week


* 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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  • Americans
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?
  • Location
  • Internship
  • Community
* What could be improved?
  • Classes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? n/a

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.