My Perfect Summer Past Review

By (Communication and Media Studies, Trinity University) - abroad from 05/19/2015 to 08/01/2015 with

Boston University: London - London Internship Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Having lived in the United States for my whole life, it was so eye-opening to spend time in a place where the culture is so completely different from mine. I was in an ethnic melting pot where anything I wanted to find, I probably could. The food was as divers as the people, and the city really is beautiful. I used to be anti-study abroad and I can easily say this was one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life.

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.

The academic aspect of the program was no cake walk. We had daily readings and rigorous final exams (including a term paper in each course) but it was still a doable challenge.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

We lived in a fantastic part of London where the staff were always friendly and outgoing!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

We had to cook for ourselves. This was not a problem for me, but some kids really struggle living in a foreign country for eight weeks not knowing how to properly the care of themselves.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I'm an extrovert who wanted to fit in with the locals. It was easy to get pulled into to the local culture (for me anyways).

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I never got sick but the medical staff and doctors were always one phone call away.

* Safety:

Anywhere you go in there world you just have to be careful. Clearly London is far safer than a place like Syria but if you generally pay attention to your surroundings then everything will be just fine. I never had to worry at all when I was abroad!

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 so expensive. If money is an issue and you cannot receive scholarships than do not come here. You experience will be dampened significantly if you are constantly worrying about London.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $130-$150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Learn how to cook for yourself. You will go broke by going out to eat twice a day for a whole summer. If you can make your own food that tastes good and is healthful, then you will be alright.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
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?
  • The Apartment location
  • Transfer credits
  • Social Programmes
* What could be improved?
  • Air conditioning (it was so hot!)
  • Internship placement
  • Course variety
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That London is ridiculously expensive and that I really need to budget even more than I already did!

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!