Adjust and enjoy Past Review

By (Economics, International and Global Studies, Brandeis University) - abroad from 09/16/2013 to 12/13/2013 with

Arcadia: London - University College London

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
English culture/lifestyle. It was worthwhile because it broadened my views and gave me the chance to experience something different.

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.

Academic style very different from the US; takes some time to adjust

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The staff have been helpful.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The heat in rooms should be improved.

* Food:

British food is awful. There are some good restaurant though. Only British food is awful.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

No safety problems during my stay.

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...

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Around 30~40 GBP


* 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?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International 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?
  • Freedom of experiencing on our own
  • Academic style
  • cool people
* What could be improved?
  • weather
  • food
  • price
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish that I could have known better about the British weather (seems impossible though)

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'