I love London September 20, 2017

By (Hansard Society Scholars Program, Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/13/2017 to 04/22/2017 with

Hansard Scholars Programme: London - Hansard Society

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned more about myself than about anything else. I learned I truly am passionate about politics, and that I can achieve anything I set my mind to.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The program was amazing, but it could have used more organization, and more implementation of the feedback we gave them.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The flat was in amazing condition.

* Food:

London has amazing food from all over the world, and the food in Parliament is incredibly well priced.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt very immersed in Parliament, and British Politics, which is why I gave it such a high rating; however, I did not get much contact with the average British person.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Parliament was a bit disorganized during the terror attack.

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

The exposure I received abroad undoubtedly changed my life.

Finances

* 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 expensive! Cook as often as possible.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 150 (excludes travel costs)
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Cook as much as possible, and book trips as far in advance as possible.

Language

* 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
* 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?
  • Internship
  • Scotland Study Trip
  • Program outings (theater/dinner)
* What could be improved?
  • Organization in Syllabus
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Nando's is actually amazing. Don't wait until the last minute to try it!

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.