A Semester to Remember Past Review

By (History, Wittenberg University) - abroad from 09/01/2015 to 12/19/2015 with

IES Abroad: London - Study London

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Definitely a worthwhile experience. I learned just what I was capable of. I could live in a foreign city on my own, make new friends and experience a whole new culture all while having the time of my life.

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:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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 an expensive city, but after setting a budget and sticking to it it was all very manageable. There are also lots of free things and student discounts to take advantage of in London too


* 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
  • International Students
* 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?
  • The city: So much history in one city!! (I'm a history major)
  • The people
  • The field trips outside of London- Bath, Brighton, Stonehenge, Scotland, etc. etc.
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing big
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That I didn't need to worry as much as I did. I adapted very quickly to London (there was no culture shock). Coming back to college was the biggest reverse culture shock!! Be prepared for that!

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!