Living in London Past Review

By (Finance and Accounting, University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh) for

CEA CAPA Education Abroad: London, England

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The experience itself was more than worthwhile. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience where I met some wonderful new friends.

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.

The work load was not an issue at all, but some of the classes (particularly the internship class) seemed like a waste of time.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The girls at the front desk were great, and while I think the advising team was willing to help with most situations they never really seemed to have a good plan of action for any specific concerns.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The housing location was amazing, I never once felt unsafe and we were very close to our classes and a tube station. Unfortunately the housing itself was a bit run-down.

* Food:

The stipend was extremely useful and helped force us to budget a bit.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I feel as if there was a good amount of diversity to the programs offered and the staff was trying to accommodate everyone's interests into what was offered through the My Education events.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Good health insurance coverage through HTH, fortunately however I never had to use it.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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)

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? As mentioned in other reviews, my time abroad was really invaluable and the opportunity to do an internship made me feel like a "real London-er." Now that I am home in America I am looking for ways to go back! However I would most likely not recommend CAPA as my program provider of choice. In retrospect I wish that I had found a program that integrated us in with other British university students rather than taking classes with all Americans.