Exploring the daily culture of London January 13, 2022

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 09/05/2021 to 12/17/2021 with

Boston University: London - London Internship Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was definitely worthwhile. I learned what it is like to live in a very big city in terms of activities to do and financial means. I also learned what it was like to work outside of the US and how it compares to working in the US. Finally, through the internship, I learned more about what I want to do in my future career.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

There was no food provided by the program, but the facilities to prepare food were nice

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The COVID-19 pandemic was a big part of the program, and I think the university handled it pretty well. We were provided tests and when having to isolate, the staff were very accommodating.

* Safety:

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

Overall, I enjoyed my experience and I loved the big city life of London.


* 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)

A very expensive city

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $150-200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save early and budget out money for each month


* 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?

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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?
  • Easy access to public transportation
  • Many things to do and see
  • The unique internship aspect
* What could be improved?
  • Long class times
  • Administration flexibility
  • Communication with other people on the program/local students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew that I would be spending a lot more money than I anticipated. This way I could have saved up more and budgeted ahead of time.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.