Burn your money while smiling Past Review

By (Politics, Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/17/2015 to 04/24/2015 with

Hansard Scholars Programme: London - Hansard Society

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Despite issues such as money and free time, I would consider my time abroad life altering. The general experience of learning to live in a foreign country is not something you can pass up. This is not dependent on a specific program, however.

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.

The classes were highly interesting and I enjoyed both Professors. Ultimately cramming two classes, in addition to guest speakers, into a Friday after a work week reduced the appreciable quality and commitment.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

All administrators were friendly and helpful but there was occasional disorganization

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The flat's location in London cannot be beat. The living arrangements were probably the greatest value on the program. The policy barring overnight guests was disappointing for numerous reasons.

* Food:

The food in London is great but almost double the price

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Studying with only Americans is limiting but working in Parliament offered a unique immersion into society

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Did not have any health problems

* Safety:

Walked around London at night far more casually than any other European city. The flat's location is far from most seedy areas.

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


* 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 absurdly expensive. I flew to Madrid, lived lavishly for 3 days, and flew back for cheaper than a weekend staying in London.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $300
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Cook you own food on weekdays so that you can enjoy the markets on weekends


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
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?
  • Access to Parliament
  • Location of Apratment
* What could be improved?
  • Time off
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How much cheaper it would have been to take a semester off rather than study abroad