Best semester I'll never get again. Past Review

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/04/2015 to 05/20/2015 with

Arcadia: London - University College London

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Not only did I get a chance to explore London and the United Kingdom while studying abroad, but the whole continent of Europe was at my disposal. Most people enrolled in college have excelled at scoring highly on tests and papers. But many haven't had to deal with losing their phone in Switzerland or traversing through hills of Tuscany. I think I've become an incredibly independent person because of my experience abroad.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Ramsay Hall was such a great place to meet locals as well as other study abroad students who are in the same boat as you are.

* Food:

The food at the dining hall wasn't great, but I found London food to be just fine--just like most other major cities.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100-$150.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Go to supermarkets for most of your food. It saves money. Of course, on the weekends, explore different restaurants, bars, and entertainment. It's supposed to be a fun semester. During the week, try to take it easy on the spending.


* 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?
  • People
  • Places
  • New Experiences
* What could be improved?
  • Academic Organization
  • Arcadia was an unncessary middleman
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I knew this before going, but it's worth mentioning again. Don't take one second of your experience for granted. YouTube and Facebook will still be when you get home. Go out and do something different.

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.'