Excellent but Expensive Summer Abroad Past Review

By (English Language and Linguistics, Brigham Young University) - abroad from 06/24/2013 to 08/05/2013 with

Brigham Young University: London - English Language in Britain Study Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained an appreciation for the varieties of English. It was worthwhile because I managed to find time to enjoy a variety of cultural experiences.

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.

I enjoyed the academic aspect of this study abroad. I felt that the courses were well-suited to the traveling.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* 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)

I felt like the program was not properly budgeted. It was unclear why the program did not cover things such as transportation in some instances.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100-$200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Go to grocery stores. Look for pubs and cheap deals. Try not to eat out for every meal.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
  • Hostel
* 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The classes
  • Traveling in all regions of the UK
  • Fellow students
* What could be improved?
  • Budgeting
  • Attitude of faculty
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had known more about the timetable of events and what the expectations of the students would be.

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!