Europe is great; UCL - not so much Past Review

By (Anthropology, Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/12/2015 to 06/12/2015 with

Arcadia: London - University College London

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I loved traveling in Europe. That, to me, was the best part of my experience. The program of the university I attended was not a good experience. I don't recommend it.

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.

* 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?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The A&E (equivalent to an emergency room) is pretty awful. Waiting times are ridiculous, and they told me to take a walk because I was having an asthma attack.

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Being in Europe
* What could be improved?
  • UCL's Policies
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? UCL won't give an incomplete for classes if you miss the final due to illness. They will just fail you.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Ritual Healing and Therapeutic Emplotment

Course Department: Anthropology
Instructor: Joseph Calabrese
Instruction Language: English
Comments: The instructor is a pure functionalist. If you know anything about Medical Anthropology or modern Anthropology in general, he will disagree with you and mark you down because he disagrees with you.
Credit Transfer Issues: