Internships and Classes in London through FIE Past Review

By (Sociology, UDSC, Clark University) for

CEA CAPA Education Abroad: London, England

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I had a great time in London. I learned a lot about where I want to fit into the professional world as well as the kind of person I want to be.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: Foundation for International Education
The term and year this program took place: Fall 2009

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I would give my internship experience with Groundwork UK 5 stars, and my classes with FIE 3. I did work with Groundwork that was relavant to my studies. My coworkers and supervisors were all very pleasant and helpful. The classes with FIE, however, were not well coordinated. My 3 instructors had each put together interesting and challenging syllabi, but the 7 week term was not conducive to looking at anything in depth.

* 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)


Language acquisition improvement?

While I didn't speak a foreign language in London, I did learn to pick up the differences in American and British English. I also picked up bits of the languages of the countries I visited (Germany, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands), and was inspired to learn French upon my return.

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? In London, I checked the TimeOut London website almost daily for things to do around town.