A Great London Experience Past Review

By (Marketing Communication, Emerson College) - abroad from 01/02/2014 to 05/24/2014 with

Arcadia: London - University of Westminster

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about myself as a traveller, student, and friend. I was able to see different cultures and meet tons of new people. I'm able to look at America differently and appreciate what I have at home. It was definitely worthwhile, even for the amount of money I spent!

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.

The UK education is different from that of America's, so it depends. As a second semester sophomore, I took classes that first year university students took, so I found my classes easy. I think the content is usually easy enough - the hardest part of the academic side is time management. Some courses I felt had professors that weren't properly qualified.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I wasn't impressed with Arcadia before leaving for England. I felt that the representative that was emailing us didn't actually know anything about the program or the school - when I asked questions I often got a reply that didn't answer them. Arcadia in England, however, was more organised and efficient. I didn't utilise all the resources that Arcadia made available, but I knew they were there.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in Alexander Fleming, and I was overall happy living there. I was in a single in a flat of 6 people. I liked the area of Shoreditch and felt that I was right in the city.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

More often than not, international students are grouped together. This meant that I was able to meet people from all around the world, but not really any British students.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I didn't have any experience with health care.

* Safety:

I felt safe, but partly because I live in a city at home. You have to be careful and be aware of your surroundings, but as long as you're smart, you'll be safe.

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 expensive! I travelled almost every weekend, so that added up too. Overall I spent way more than I thought, but I still believe it was worth it.

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy plane tickets early, buy store brand, don't buy more food than you can eat, avoid going out for dinner and drinks everyday (instead buy your own)!


* 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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  • 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?
  • London
  • Being able to travel around
  • Most everything!
* What could be improved?
  • Cheaper
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The experience is what you make it! It's all up to you how much fun you have.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.