A Life-Changing Study Abroad Experience in London November 01, 2017

By (Clark University - Worcester) - abroad from 01/11/2017 to 04/22/2017 with

CAPA The Global Education Network: London Study or Intern Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was definitely worth it. Not only did I get to study interesting courses, but I also developed a good relationship with my professors and internship supervisors. My internship was a great platform for me to navigate my field of interest and know what I would like to pursue for my future career.

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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.

CAPA offers a good variety of interesting courses for most majors. The coursework is easily manageable and the program faculty understands you are there to study as well as travel and explore.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The CAPA administration is very organized and accommodating in most matters. They were always willing to answer any queries and were dedicated to ensuring all students had a safe and fun time abroad.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Students from Clark University have a unique living arrangement because their housing accommodation is with Acorn Housing. This is a fully-furnished flat in Central London. It is located across Russell Square and Park. Very convenient and safe.

* Food:

I am a Foodie and I think London is a great place to try different cuisines and desserts. I would highly recommend visiting shops for gelato and crepes. My friends and I would usually cook at home. Surprisingly, groceries were very cheap in London. Whenever we were out we would try new restaurants or go to local food markets where you could get very tasty food at reasonable prices.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Living in London for about four months was probably not sufficient time to feel fully integrated with the local culture. While it was interesting to pick up on the little things from daily interactions and observations, I think it would require some more time to really indulge into the British culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The CAPA administration is truly concerned about your safety and well-being. If you were sick and had to miss class, you would need to show them a receipt and if you were seriously ill then they would recommend a doctor. During my time abroad, I only got sick once and I went to a local pharmacy and got medicine over the counter. It was very simple and straight-forward.

* Safety:

When I was in London, I personally had a very positive and safe experience. There was a terror attack while I was in London. Everyone from our program was safe and CAPA had sent out emergency alerts. They did not stop until they had every CAPA student mark themselves as safe. I think these matters are global and unforeseen, therefore one should try to take as many precautions to ensure the safety of themselves and their friends.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

CAPA is the perfect balance between classes, internship work, and travels.

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)

It really depends on every student's budget and expenses. I had received a study abroad scholarship due to which I had no trouble with my finances. However, I had still set a budget and it was very manageable.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $120-$150

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • 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 Component
  • CAPA staff and events
* What could be improved?
  • Not limiting classes to Americans
  • Events focused on social and cultural integration with locals
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The program will end before you know it. If I could do it again, I would make sure I make the most of every moment!

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.