UCL London: Great! BUT.. Past Review

By (BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES., Brandeis University) - abroad from 09/17/2012 to 12/14/2012 with

Arcadia: London - University College London

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was a great experience, but maybe I would choose to go in the Spring time if I had the opportunity to pick again!

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.

UCL was pretty nice, but it got dark real early!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Arcadia was real helpful in making the transition abroad simple

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Though it was small compared to U.S. accommodations, NIDO was one of the best student living for London standards.

* Food:

Food is not London's forte

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I've been to London so I had some expectations

* 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? 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)

London is VERY expensive


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
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?
  • London
* What could be improved?
  • Pretty satisfying experience
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Should have gone in the Spring!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Networker
An active student leader, it was important for you to network abroad as well. Once overseas, you sought out student clubs, volunteered with local organizations, or attended community events. You encouraged your friends join you, and often considered how you could reflect your international experiences in a resume.