I never wanted to leave London. Past Review


Boston University: London - London Internship Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I studied journalism even though I focus on literature studies at school. The program both increased my interest in journalism and proved to me that I can pursue it as a career. I also became much more interested in world cultural studies and politics.

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.

My English professors were far more "hands-off" than my American professors. This means that knowing the material was left completely up to us. They did not hold our hands throughout the course with homework and study guides, but rather expected us to know the information for the final exams. In the US, American professors seem far more invested in making sure that the students are doing okay, but I think this is to American students' detriment. I became more responsible with staying on top of papers and reading. At the same time, the workload was a little easier than at my American college because the institution wanted us to travel and experience the host country for ourselves, rather than learning about it solely in class.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Everyone in the program office was very enthusiastic, knowledgeable about the country and home country, available for help, and hard-working. The program was relatively small and the facilities intimate. The office also organized many activities for us to get involved in, from a weekly newsletter to cultural trips and mixing parties. All of my expectations for the program administration were met and exceeded.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The flat where I lived was in Kensington, a very posh and safe neighborhood. I had to take the Tube to central London, but we had a very quiet and convenient location. All housing was taken care of online. Students can put information about themselves on the website so that you can decide who you want to live with. Unfortunately, most of the students are from Boston University, so they had friends and did not feel the need to share information, which was hard for me to get used to. But I eventually made very good friends and settled in well. Sheets are not provided in the flat, but I was fine with just the duvet. The kitchens are fully equipped and you only have to buy groceries for yourself every week.

* Food:

Sainsbury's is a good, cheap supermarket a short walk from all the flats. Tesco Express is also cheap, but has far fewer selection.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

London hosts various cultural festivals throughout the year, all of which are worth seeing. Field trips arranged by the program are fun and cheap. London is a cultural center of the world and there is so much to see, no matter what your interests are.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Universal healthcare in the UK meant that students had no fears about paying for the doctor. Health services were accessible and helpful. There were no health issues in the UK while I was there. London is very safe and tourist friendly. As in any city, there are dangerous areas, but the program educates its students about these areas. I rarely traveled in groups and always felt 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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Sainsbury's is an extremely cheap supermarket. Look for deals at every store because London is very expensive. Also, if you go out to pubs a lot, look out for drink prices. You do not have to spend over 4 pounds on every drink if you find the right bar.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • London and traveling to Europe
* What could be improved?
  • I wish I had studied with British and international students.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Anyone would benefit from this program, whether you are shy or extroverted. Be proactive about planning for traveling. It was very important for me that I see Europe and I wish that I had planned far more in advance. Do not miss out on the opportunity to travel. Flights are cheap and other countries are very welcoming.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

The Foreign Correspondent

Course Department: COM JO 416
Instructor: David McNeil
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This course was more geared toward anyone who might be interested in being a foreign correspondent, so David McNeil offered a lot of practical knowledge that he acquired through his experience and that could be applied when we graduate. There was a lot of information given at every class and the course challenged us to think critically about the information. McNeil was very well-prepared and would break up the 4 hour class with videos about war journalism. This class was very enjoyable to attend.
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Seminar in Shakespeare Studies

Course Department: CAS EN 368B
Instructor: Mark Allen
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Mark Allen has a wealth of knowledge about and passion for Shakespeare's plays and he shares that electrically with the class. He was very skilled at looking at the plays as both literature and drama. He ended every class with a clip from a BBC production of whatever play we read. The coursework was primarily reading, with a big research paper at the end. We also took a field trip to the Globe where we had a private class with one of the tour guides. This course was enthralling.
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