A Time to Remember Past Review

By (Rollins College) - abroad from 01/09/2020 to 04/18/2020 with

CEA CAPA Education Abroad: London, England

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I expanded my network internationally and gained a lot of great professional and social skills that will benefit me post-graduation as I develop my career path. I feel like so many more options have been exposed to me.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

My professors were excellent! I felt comfortable talking to them or approaching them if I had an issue or question on an assignment. I took such great and unique classes that my home university doesn't offer.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The CAPA staff and faculty were great! Very helpful in troubleshooting issues that I had, and recommending places to visit while in the city!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved my housing assignment. Living in Kensington was wonderful and convenient, and I shared a flat with friends I still keep in contact with.

* Food:

Food was great! The meat pies I found at pubs were my favorite.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

After about a month or so, I felt adjusted to the city and to my new routine. It came to the point where when I left London for spring break to go to Amsterdam and Scotland, I found myself homesick for London instead of the United States!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Health issues were addressed practically, and options for a doctor were given if needed.

* Safety:

I felt very safe and well protected with CAPA. Their CAPA Guardian app eased a lot of my anxiety about safety, and was a great feature to keep track of so many students and their whereabouts.

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

I absolutely loved this program and everything I did. I only regret that it was cut short, and I didn't get to do everything I wanted. But that also made me realize to not take this experience for granted and to live in the moment, because it can end at any time. Don't assume you'll go check out some attraction later in the program - do it then.


* 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 difficult for me. I wanted to make sure I did everything I wanted to do for my London bucket list while not breaking the bank and having enough money for emergencies. Grocery shopping was hard as I personally don't like cooking myself, but I didn't want to eat out each night.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $50 - $150 depending on the week.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Have a specific savings account for studying abroad before hand. Try your best to formulate a budget before going over instead of doing it in the midst of things, and adjust it once you're there.


* 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 academic courses
  • My assigned flatmates
  • The history of the city
* What could be improved?
  • More group excursions or activities
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Not to take it for granted. It could be cut short for any reason, and to not put off doing something with the mindset that you'll go back and see it/do it later. Live in the moment, and get out of your comfort zone.

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.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Witchcraft and Magical Perfromance in London

Course Department: Theatre
Instructor: Dr. Michael Punter
Instruction Language: English
Comments: I highly recommend this course to everyone! It really made me think and analyze supernatural events/claims, and consider the science and psychology behind them. Really great projects and field trips too!
Credit Transfer Issues: No issues in transferring credits