London was amazing! September 12, 2018

By (University of the Pacific) - abroad from 01/15/2018 to 04/26/2018 with

IES Abroad: London Direct Enrollment - City University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to adapt to a new city. I also learned how to travel on a budget. I am now more comfortable with various forms of public transportation. I

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.

Not a lot of work until the last couple of weeks. Most of you're grade is your final exam.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I stayed at Chapter Kings Cross The Apartment building itself was fine. However, they let me sleep in a room for a week where they knew there were bedbugs. Laundry was $6-7 per load.

* Food:

Meals were not provided.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I was with other students who needed health care. IES was very supportive.

* Safety:

I was never in danger.

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

Overall, the program was amazing. The classes were challenging but not too hard. There were plenty of chances to meet and interact with Londoners. There was also plenty of time to explore London.


* 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 very expensive. It is very difficult to live cheap in London.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100-200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Make your own food as much as possible.


* 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?

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Academics
  • Ability to meet locals
  • Ease of travel within London
* What could be improved?
  • Housing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Be prepared for a very different academic system. Not a lot of coursework but great emphasis is put on the final exam.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.