London & LSE: Challenging Yet Rewarding Past Review

By (Economics., Providence College) for

Arcadia: London - London School of Economics

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes, I found the experience to be worthwhile especially in terms of focusing my career and academic interests and honing the skills I will need to enter the field I am interested in.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Workload was not significantly more than Providence, but the grading was much more difficult and the assignments expected work of a higher caliber. The main difference was the independence given to students on how they structured their studying and exam preparation.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Arcadia did a good job during their Orientation and updated consistently via email and were easily reached for questions.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

London provides a vast variety of foods, just be wary of the cost.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I mostly enjoyed the social atmosphere of life in London.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Pickpockets are a source of concern, although I was not (yet) a victim, friends of mine had items stolen.

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Studying abroad is super expensive, bottom line. It was especially difficult to afford studying abroad for such a lengthy portion of time, and in Central London, where everything is ridiculously pricey.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Career Preparation
  • Social
  • Living in London
* What could be improved?
  • Grading System