A memorable semester Past Review

By (Curry College) - abroad from 01/08/2020 to 04/18/2020 with

CEA CAPA Education Abroad: London, England

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained independence and a lot of confidence. Being in London made me rely on public transportation and learning how to get around the city on my own. Because of that, I quickly had to learn the best way to get around and different tricks. This helped me grow confidence in myself and I learned that I am better at problem solving then I thought.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I really liked the classes I was in and the professors really seemed interested in the topics they were teaching. I took a lot from them and I was really happy with how the classes were set up. By going on different field studies with my classes, I was able to take what I learned in class and incorporate them into what I was seeing in the locations we visited.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Everyone was really friendly and was willing to help us and give us advice when needed. If they did not know an answer, they either did what they could to get us an answer or was good about directing us to the people we needed to talk with.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The housing was in a great and convenient location. I was close enough to the academics, close to grocery stores/restaurants, and was able to easily get to my internship. I had really nice flatmates, so the program did a good job of placing me in a good location.

* Food:

The food in London was amazing. I always had somewhere to go to get food, no matter what time of day it was. CAPA also offered a few activities that were geared around food, for example, they brought us to a restaurant to try new foods and they also had high tea in the beginning. This helped me branch out to different types of foods.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I really felt like I was able to be integrated into the local culture. My internship helped me feel what it was like to work in London and face the struggles of what it may be like to work there full time. Also, living in an apartment helped me feel like what it may be like to live on my own London and helped me the get independence, such as food shopping and commuting. I was also able to make a lot of friends, so we were able to hang out and go places that made us feel like we were part of the culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I was fortunate that I personally did not have to deal with health care, so I do not have much to say about this. However, I know my program does address health issues and have ways to support those who have to use these services because they did talk about it in orientation.

* Safety:

I felt safe in London. I was never put in any situation where I was uncomfortable or unsafe and I was able to quickly learn how to keep myself safe in a foreign country.

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

I was able to get an experience where I was able to see what it was like to be an independent person. I woke up each day, excited to see what was going to happen. CAPA did a good job of supporting me and being there when I needed them but was also able to give me the space I needed to thrive.


* 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)

This was more of a challenge for me because I have a hard time managing money, especially that I was not earning money while abroad. Because of that, I really had to rely on the money that I made while I was back home before I left. However, I was still able to learn how to budget my money and learned ways to make sure I was not overspending money, especially on things that I did not necessarily need. Also, the staff was very helpful when it came to finances. They were always willing to give recommendations on where to eat or where to shop to help save money.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Maybe around $150 to $200 a week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Make a list of what you need each week and set a goal of how much you want to spend a week. Setting a goal of how much you want to spend each week will help you keep track of how much you are spending and keeps you responsible for staying on track. Also, making a list of what you need each week helps you budget the money and can help you see where your money is going.


* 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?
  • The excursions that were available
  • My internship
  • The field studies
* What could be improved?
  • I felt like it was hard to get a hold of the professors outside of classes, so maybe having a easier way to get a hold of the professors
  • Maybe the program should offer a program where they can learn how to save money that can help students.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Maybe more on finances. How to budget my money, so I do not feel so guilty when I spent money. When I first arrived, I feel like I was being irresponsible with my money and felt guilty for my decisions but once I had a plan, I felt more comfortable with it.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Networker
An active student leader, it was important for you to network abroad as well. Once overseas, you sought out student clubs, volunteered with local organizations, or attended community events. You encouraged your friends join you, and often considered how you could reflect your international experiences in a resume.