Must have, once in a lifetime experience! Past Review

By (Brigham Young University) - abroad from 06/24/2013 to 08/12/2013 with

Brigham Young University: London - London Study Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned so much about England and gained a love for all of it's history and culture. You also learn a lot about yourself when you are isolated in a foreign country with students who you don't know very well. I highly recommend having this experience!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 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?

The London center was being remodeled so we were living in flats. It was hard to connect with people in the group, but the flats were very nice.

* Food:

We made our own food, but when we did go out to eat there were some great restaurants! If you're looking for "traditional" British food go to the pubs or fish and chips stands.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

We didn't talk to a lot of locals. The most interaction you get with local Londoners is tour guides and with the members of your ward.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

There were not any major issues. A couple people were sick with colds, but they didn't require extra help.

* 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)

A lot of girls struggled with the budget because they were using their budget to buy clothes and souvenirs. I didn't do that. I used the money for food and transportation because that's what they gave it to us for. I had more than enough to cover my costs. I could use the tube and eat out as much as I wanted to and be fine.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I can't give a weekly expense but I'd say it was somewhere around $50 a week (covering plays and souvenirs).
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't spend all your money shopping for clothes. You can do that in the US. If you spend money, spend it on things that you may never see again. That being said, a lot of the museums in London are free, so find out which ones are and go to them.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
  • Hotel
  • 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?
  • Traveling
  • History
* What could be improved?
  • Communication
  • Planning
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Do more research on where things are, what they cost, travel, etc before going. Make plans so that you use your time there effectively.

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!