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By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/10/2016 to 04/21/2016 with

Boston University: London - London Internship Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Know you're in the good times before you've left them.

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.

It depends on which tract you are in, but overall it isn't beyond anything you do at your home university. You might be pushed a little just because you're balancing academics with adventures but it's more than manageable.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Shop at Sainsbury's, Tesco, or Waitrose and you'll be good financially. Eating out in London is a waste of money unless it's for a special event or at a market.

* 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)

London is fairly expensive but it is easy to cut down on certain expenses. Bike every chance you get because the subway and buses are very pricey. Also set a limit for food spending per week.


* 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
* 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 duration length
  • Internship Component
  • London as a whole
* What could be improved?
  • Integration with British Schools
  • Some housing rules are rather strict
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Try not to spend too much the first two weeks or so. Ration it out.