Great time at LSE June 26, 2017

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/26/2016 to 06/01/2017 with

Arcadia: London - London School of Economics

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was definitely worthwhile! I appreciated the diversity of both London and LSE as it was a stark contrast from Wellesley (both the town and the university)

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.

Though the courses were academically rigorous, I system as a whole was an apparent departure from that in the States (ie final examinations being 100% of your final grade)

* 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 think this was in large part due to the fact that I knew people who were full time students at LSE and thus was able to integrate through them

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

N/A

* Safety:

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

Barring the slightly stressful academic system, I had a wonderful time at LSE and London and would definitely do this again!

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 definitely an expensive city, and while it definitely is possible to stay within a budget it takes a lot of effort.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If you are not on a meal plan and have to cook for yourself, I recommend meal-prepping/cooking at least 2 meals at home a day in order to save money

Language

* 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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  • Local Students
  • 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? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Great classes
* What could be improved?
  • More accessible professors
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had realized how different the education system was in the UK

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.