Love and Hate: Beautiful City vs. Challenging Classmates Past Review

By (International Political Economy, Fordham University) for

Boston University: London - London Internship Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?

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

strong bias towards BU students. A lot of British staff that weren't very friendly/ accommodating

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

South Kensington is AWESOME. The dorms themselves are ok. Live in Courtfield Gardens...closest to grocery, main classroom building, etc. One stop further on the tube, but worth it.

* Food:

* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 120 pounds a week, sometimes 150 if I went out more than 2 nights. Food was about 60/week.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Make sure you research the cheapest phone options.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Do it. Do the internship. Hang out with fellow employees. Just don't waste your time trying to make BU friends. Go a loner, leave a loner with a bunch of friends you can stay with next time you're in London.