An Experience Of A Lifetime October 15, 2015

By (Public Relations, Advertising, Applied Communication, SUNY - College at Oswego) - abroad from 05/22/2015 to 07/04/2015 with

CAPA The Global Education Network: London Study or Intern Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Going into this program, I had never been exposed to any international experiences. It was nerve-wracking and forced me to step out of my comfort zone, but it taught me more about myself than I could have ever imagined. For one, I gained a sense of confidence by being abroad on my own for two months. I was forced to learn a new education system, international work force, and guide myself around a foreign city as my own tour guide. I learned how independent I am when faced with the right opportunities and that really gave me a new sense of pride and self confidence. I also learned a lot professionally at my internship as well. I learned how to adapt to an international work environment that was fast pace and high strung. I also became a better intercultural communicator at my job by interacting with co-workers from around the world. It gave me a competitive edge in the work force that will set me apart from others when applying for jobs after graduation.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

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:

* 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

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)

London in general is a VERY expensive city. The currency exchange rate from the American dollar to the UK pound is also not in good standing at this moment.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $200 - $300
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save up for your study abroad trip and plan out expenses at least a year in advance. I would have been better off if more planning went into it on my part.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* 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?
  • Internship placement
  • The culture of London
  • The living arrangements
* What could be improved?
  • Overall expenses
  • Student travel discounts
  • Overload of work in academic classes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how short two months abroad really is. Regardless of the expenses, I would have opted to study abroad for an entire semester instead of just a summer. There are so many more places I want to see and experience abroad, I wish I could stretched out my time abroad for another month or two.

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.