A phenomenal experience put on by a disorganized program Past Review

By (Political Science and Government., University of Wisconsin - Madison) - abroad from 05/19/2012 to 08/03/2012 with

Hansard Scholars Programme: London - Hansard Society

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned about myself. And it was absolutely worthwhile

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: The London School of Economics and Political Science
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 classes were far too broad and did not connect very well but the dissertation component allowed for much personal academic growth and experience.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Fairly unorganized but an incredible experience

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Great location but 10 people in one flat with one stove was much too crowded

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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)

The cost of living in London is exceptionally high

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? No
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $200-$250
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Good luck


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

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

  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The people I met in my program
  • The parliamentary internship
  • The ability to travel to foreign countries
* What could be improved?
  • The organization and communication from the Hansard Society
  • The housing situation
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I with I knew that the classes were not actually LSE classes, but rather taught by random professors only in association with LSE.