Once in a life time! September 20, 2017

By (Political Science and Government, Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/14/2017 to 04/22/2017 with

Hansard Scholars Programme: London - Hansard Society

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
So much about British politics in general.

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Personal Information

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Not a big fan of food in the UK in general. Stark contrast to what I'm familiar with, but I didn't select the program for food, to be fair. I did fall in love with a chain restaurant called Wasabi and scones and clotted cream are now apart of my weekly diet,

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

You're with 20 other American students, so your access to socially engaging with other students is limited. Luckily you're at the middle of UK politics, so you understand what's happening in that sphere.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Please read the stuff about terrorism. Though London is typically a safe city, you should remember you're in one of the worlds major political capitals, working in government. While I believe the Westminster attack of 2017 was a peculiar incident, myself and other scholars were in the middle of it all, so please pay attention to safety advisements.

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

There were bumps, there were learning curves, but all the while it was life changing. In 3 1/2 months I watched the Scottish Government gain traction for Independence, watched and worked for the Liberal Democrats gain traction in by elections, lived through and learned from the bad (including terrorist attacks and personal loses), and I've sat in the chamber as the Prime Minster of the U.K. Triggered Brexit. I lived through history and got to witness it 1st hand, thanks to Hansard. It wasn't easy , but it was worthwhile!


* 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 can be expensive

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Cook if you can


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • Dissertation
  • Intimate relationship with professors
* What could be improved?
  • Responses to huge events (such as terrorism)
  • Being cognizant of the time placed on students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Just more about it in general. The program is still growing, so limited information is distributed by Universities.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Networker
An active student leader, it was important for you to network abroad as well. Once overseas, you sought out student clubs, volunteered with local organizations, or attended community events. You encouraged your friends join you, and often considered how you could reflect your international experiences in a resume.