I Arrived A Girl and Left A Woman Past Review

By (Communication and Media Studies, University of Westminster) - abroad from 01/01/2015 to 05/23/2015 with

Arcadia: London - University of Westminster

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was definitely worthwhile. I wouldn't change one single aspect of my experience. From beginning to end it turned out to be THE best decision I ever made. I learned what it looks like to be a global citizen and how to be independent. I got to see other cultures and traditions up close and broadened my horizons across the board. I am a better person for it.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

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?

* 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? $200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Refrain from getting things you can get back home. That includes furnishings you really don't need and even shopping at clothing stores that you can find back home. If you are going to spend money make it count and buy local. Get things you can only get there.


* 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
* 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? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The University
  • The City
  • The Accommodation
* What could be improved?
  • More academic help
  • Career planning
  • Emotional guidance
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? 1. What a chip and pin card is 2. Londoners are kind of unfriendly at first 3. Food in the UK goes bad sooner than American food

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.