Great times out of class Past Review

By (Theatre/Politics/History/Anthopology, Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/18/2015 to 12/18/2015 with

Goldsmiths, University of London: London - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was worthwhile because I met people I would never have met at Wellesley

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The director of visiting students at Goldsmiths was not very good. She was not very helpful in letting us know our classes, when they started, how to access the website, or even how to change our classes. We also were not very informed on other students or general expectations of the school that teachers took for granted.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The living arrangement was great. I had a single, and a kitchen for the floor.

* Food:

I loved being able to make my own food.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

It was hard to talk to regular students. Also the coordinator of the visiting students at Goldsmiths was not very helpful in connecting visiting students amongst themselves and a friend of mine and to do it.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I had no need to use health care.

* Safety:

I felt very safe even though the area is supposedly not a very good one.

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

yes because the classes were not very demanding so I had time to go around the city and hang out with the friends I made.


* 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)

I spent about 200 plus on food, which was alright for me, but lower income students might have difficulty with this.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? maybe 60 ounds
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Get O2 phone service, not vodafone. And get a student oyster card


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Exchange

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
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 people
  • The freedom
  • The life outside of class
* What could be improved?
  • Institution to Institution communication
  • The program director at the abroad institution
  • the transcript processing process
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Don't worry as much about classes. Try to meet people.