Experience of a Lifetime! Past Review

By (Eastern Illinois University) - abroad from 05/07/2017 to 05/16/2017 with

Eastern Illinois University (EIU): Winchester - The Sport Industry in the United Kingdom

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned about several other cultures, the sport industry throughout Europe, and how curriculums in schools differ. I learned patience and flexibility too! The trip was definitely worth while, not only for my education, but for my personal and professional experiences. I thoroughly enjoyed my trip and i recommend that anyone that's given the opportunity to study abroad, DO IT!

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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.

We learned a lot about the Sport Industry in the U.K. through hands-on activities at the University of Winchester and sporting events across the U.K.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Housing was identical to a college dorm, we did have private bathrooms/showers, which was really nice!

* Food:

There was a variety of food to eat daily, from multiple spots throughout campus. We also ventured off campus for many meals.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Extremely safe and walker friendly!

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

I would choose a program that was longer! Two weeks was too short and way too busy!


* 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)

You didn't have to spend money outside of what was offered, but often we found ourselves wanting to go out and experience and do, which costed extra money. However, the U.K. is very reasonable.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $250
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Eat your budge of food at the university!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Small Group
  • Free Days for seeing other countries
  • The Technology used at the University
* What could be improved?
  • How busy we are when we're there
  • Letting students have more of a choice in extra curriculars
  • Splitting the group up, so not everyone is going to the same places
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I would've known how busy we really were going to be- it's truly exhausting! I wish it would've been encouraged to do more traveling in small groups- allowing individuals to see and experience things they wanted to.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'