A Great Choice Past Review

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/15/2017 to 04/28/2017 with

Boston University: London - London Internship Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The friendships and memories I made were obviously the best part of my trip. I didn't know any before going to my program but when you travel Europe with a group of people it is inevitable to become close. .Balancing two jobs, school and internship made me a whole lot more responsible. The internship was amazing because many people my age don't get to say that they intern at a law firm abroad.

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.

In terms of rigor, the courses were much easier than at my home institution. However, the classes themselves for the most part were extremely fun. We went on a lot class trips to museums, the Supreme Court walking tours, I even had a free trip to Belgium. The professors prioritize exposing their students to England's culture and history. Very enjoyable!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I had the privilege of actually working for the Program as a assistant (recommend this job for anyone who wants a bit more pocket cash) The administration is very hardworking and helpful. They truly care for the students and do their best to ease any of their anxieties.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The school provides dorm I shared a large room with four other people. However, it was actually really fun and I became very close with my roommates. In addition, my class was a 2 minute walk and one of my classes was actually inside the dorm so that was very convenient.

* Food:

We had a kitchen that we shared with the floor (so in total ten of us). So sometimes it could be a bit crowded if everyone was trying to cook at the same time. But the grocery store was also only a 2 minute walk from the dorm and there were soo many cute restaurants to go to.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The BU program is for predominately American students. So you tend to be a bit isolate from hanging with locals. However, all of your professors are British in addition to there is an internship so you get a chance to work with British people in the field that you choose. Socially, I had an American experience abroad but I was deeply immersed in England's professional culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The Health care was really great, although I did not personally use it was very accessible.

* Safety:

When I was in London, I felt extremely safe. Sometimes I would walk to the grocery store or from the train station to my home late at night and I felt safe. However, there was the one attack in Westminster during my safe, luckily I was not in the area. In addition, no one from the program was hurt.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

One of my favorite aspects was that all the kids were Americans. While perhaps an unpopular opinion, I really enjoyed it because I was able to keep in touch with the friends I made after the program. Since I am in Boston area, I get a chance to hang out with all my friends from BU. It is nice to know that experiences I had in London can still grow.


* 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)

I was able to budge pretty well. I cooked most days of the weeks which saved money. I also received a scholarship from BU (which I recommend people apply to ) that helped lower some cost, I received an additional scholarship from my home institution and I was able to work for BU during this time. In addition, I worked remotely as a research assistant. For each trip, I made a budget of how much I planned to spend.


* 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

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Social Programme
* What could be improved?
  • It needs to be longer. The program is too short.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The internship part of the program while rewarding is exhausting at times. It was the first time that I had to work 9-5 sometimes longer, in addition, I sometimes had work afterwards.