Past Review

By (International and Intercultural Communication., Clark University) for

CEA CAPA Education Abroad: London, England

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was definitely a worthwhile experience. I got a better understanding of British and European culture from my time over there, as well as other nation's opinions of American culture.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: University of London - Birkbeck College
The term and year this program took place: Spring 2009

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I learned a lot about British culture through my classes. The only thing that was hard was that the classes were only with other American students studying there, so you didn't really feel like you were part of the university.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Elizabeth Watkins was so helpful and really made the program the positive thing that it was.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived at 1 Bloomsbury Place, Flat C. It was a beautiful flat in a perfect location, right in central London. My only complaint is that there were so many things that were broken or severely run down in our flat when we got there--the coffee table, the couches, the washing machine--that simply never got fixed or were replaced with inadequate and incomparable replacements.

* Food:

I've heard so many people complain about the food in Britain but if you went to the grocery store, you could find almost anything you could find in American stores. I liked the British staples as well, like baked beans and ham, so that also helped.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

It was hard to meet actual London or British natives because of the program we did, unless it was through work. I played on a club field hockey team which allowed me to meet locals my age, but many others found it difficult and many complained about that.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I never really dealt with any health issues but Elizabeth Watkins considered everyone her responsibility. I also felt very safe as a result of where we lived.

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?

This doesn't really apply because we spoke English.

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Definitely do it. It is such a great program in an amazing city. There is no place like London.