CAPA kept things simple, cheap and fun! September 13, 2016

By (Emerson College) - abroad from 01/12/2016 to 04/22/2016 with

CAPA The Global Education Network: London Study or Intern Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to live independently, how to become more flexible as a student, friend, and coworker, and built a ton of self confidence!

Review Photos

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

CAPA kept the classes rigorous and interesting, but also kept aware that we were students abroad who wanted to travel!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

CAPA set up all our housing for us in advanced so I never had to worry about it. I lived in an amazing, social part of the city!

* Food:

CAPA didn't include any meal plans or dining facilities

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

CAPA knew exactly where and how to refer us to a healthcare provider when needed. Although I didn't have any medical needs while I was there, but my roommate used the services provided by CAPA and received quick and cheap medical attention

* Safety:

I've never felt safer in a city than I did with CAPA in London!

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I probably spent around 50 pounds per week on groceries
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Grocery shop weekly, shop budget airlines, and make sure to show your student ID everywhere you go!

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?
  • Amazing course selections
  • Plenty of time off for travel
  • Oyster card included!
* What could be improved?
  • More attention paid to roommate selection
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I was prepared more rigorously by my home campus on how to adapt to living abroad, as well as how to adapt coming home.

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!