Enjoyable May 24, 2019

By (Psychology, Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/11/2019 to 04/20/2019 with

Boston University: London - London Internship Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I enjoyed the internship aspect of the program and some of the classes. I am glad that I was able to experience British culture and live in the heart of Kensington.

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.

Enjoyable internship program. 4 hour classes 4 times a week. Very strict attendance policy and very little time off.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Helpful administration

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Liked my room. Kitchens were very frequently messy, despite cleaning staff's constant cleaning. Students creating the messes were not warned, despite signage indicating this would happen.

* Food:

N / A ?

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Very little interaction with British students outside of the internship.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Program was very helpful in assisting me with making up work after some health issues.

* Safety:

Kensington area was very safe, but 24-hour security surveillance was a bit much.

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

I enjoyed London a lot, as well as most of the people on the program. I wish the classes and internship were structured to allow me more time to explore, given I was often in academic commitments until the evening during the week.

Finances

* 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)

Not very easy, London food and drink was very expensive.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $250

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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 art class field trips to local museums and institutions
  • The social program
* What could be improved?
  • Scheduling classes
  • Flexibility on attendance policies
  • More vacation time, like other similar programs
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I was aware that I should have traveled most during the first half of the program, as when the internship started, I was unable to do so, as I had commitments Monday - Friday.

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!