London: A Life Changing Experience Past Review

By (PSYCHOLOGY., Providence College) for

Boston University: London - London Internship Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My study abroad experience was definitely worthwhile. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The workload was perfect for an American student studying abroad. The work was challenging but professors did not overload students with work. Professors were understanding to the idea that we were excited to be studying in another country and therefore took students on field trips so we could see even more of the city. The grading system was fair and the local English professors made it a point to tie in information about London society and London culture into their lectures.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The professors I had were very helpful and informational. Students could go to them to ask anything from class topics to where the best place to eat was in London. Professors and faculty were extremely knowledgeable and helpful when it came to London culture and the country. My expectations were met and exceeded in all aspects except for the internship I had.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved living in South Kensington, where my housing was located. It was extremely safe and was in a great location; right next to Kensington Garden and Hyde Park. Classrooms were either in my building or a 15 minute walk. The grocery store was also a 15 minute walk away. The closest tube stop was a 10 minute walk, and the closest bus stop was less than 5 minutes away. Therefore, going out at night was easy. There were plenty of restaurants to eat at in the area. I had to buy an extra pillow but that was it as far as bed-ware and cook-ware goes.

* Food:

The program gave a London Guide book when we first arrived that had restaurant and pub suggestions in it.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I loved going to the London river festival and seeing the London countryside because of all the field trips I went on. Visiting Leeds Castle and Canterbury was by far my favorite trip. The program could have done better in organizing events between our American university and the British university across the street (Imperial College).

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

The neighborhood I lived in was extremely safe and their was pin codes to get into every school-associated building. There was a security guard at the door of the dorm I lived in. As far as healthcare goes, the doctor was very expensive to go and see, so I don't know many students who actually utilized it. However, if needed, going to the hospital was easy and free. The National Healthcare System in London is struggling a little right now however; they are in a lot of debt and are in the process of making major cuts to the system. I did not need to get any vaccines to go to London.

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? I was pretty well informed of all the expenses I would have in London. However, going out on weekends or going out to dinner is always expensive so be prepared for that.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* 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?
  • Social Programs across England.
  • The location of the university; right in central London.
  • Having British professors.
* What could be improved?
  • Social programs with British students.
  • Help for students who are unsatisfied with their internships.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? My advice to a student studying abroad in London would be to take advantage of everything around you. London has much to offer and much to see, and one can easily get caught up in it all. It's easy to go crazy and spend a ton of money, but London can also be done on a budget. I had a wonderful time and an amazing experience. To those of you in an internship program: do not settle for an unsatisfactory internship. I did, and that was my only bad experience in London. I tried to get out of my internship but was told I couldn't. If I had voiced my opinions more strongly I would have been able to switch. Don't sit back and accept a poor internship placement. My friends in London who had great internships loved their experience, and I wish I loved mine too. Learn from my mistake, and don't accept the bare minimum.