Intensive Summer Study and Internship, A truly Excellent Experience Past Review

By (English and Politics, Brandeis University) - abroad from 05/25/2013 to 07/20/2013 with

Hansard Scholars Programme: London - Hansard Society

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
This experience was incredibly worthwhile. I gained the internship experience of working in the House of Lords and also just the experience of studying in London - and perhaps most importantly from my perspective, the personal growth to be able to do things on my own, such as travel, study, and other experiences.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

It was a little disorganized, but all the program advisors and people in charge were helpful and always around.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

I mostly needed to cook for myself so I ate much the same way I did at home, but the food when I did go out was quite good.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I feel like I only really was able to spend time with the people in my program, mostly Americans, so while there was integration in general and when I wandered around, et cetera, I didn't get much interaction with local people.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

When I had a panic attack, the program was able to recommend a counselor for me to talk to who was easy to access. I didn't have any other health problems, though I know some people also in the program did get ill, and I believe they did not have too difficult a time getting help.

* Safety:

I felt very safe in London, and as far as I knew, there were no safety related incidents. Using the same safety tips and ways that any student gets around Waltham or Boston are entirely applicable to London.

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)

London is a very expensive city - the most expensive city I ever lived in. I think I was still able to live as with as minimal expenses as possible, but I'm not entirely sure.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? In London it is really hard to save money, and I was not particularly good at it, so I don't really have tips.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • Americans
  • International Students
  • Other
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 internship
  • The city
  • The classes
* What could be improved?
  • organization of the program
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Nothing in particular that I can think of. I was generally prepared and the stuff that I wasn't prepared for were things I knew about but couldn't prepare for - such as homesickness or getting lost in the city.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!