A great independent experience abroad! Past Review

By (Communications, French, University of Saint Thomas - Minnesota) - abroad from 01/06/2016 to 04/16/2016 with

IES Abroad: London - Study London

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
London is such an amazing multicultural hub. I discovered incredible museums, historical sites, delicious food, and great friends. I certainly recommend this program to students looking for a fun, urban learning environment and lots of opportunities to take new classes and travel.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

IES staff are above and beyond! I cannot recommend them enough.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Our residence hall was modern and nice, but having a roommate can be challenging, and the kitchen situation wasn't ideal.

* Food:

Food in London is amazing--there are so many options in such an urban area. BUT, it is expensive.

* 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 one of the world's most expensive cities!

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100-200


* 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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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
* 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?
  • Staff
  • Field Trips
  • Location
* What could be improved?
  • Residence
  • Exam procedures
  • Social cliqueyness
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Be prepared to spend more than you think!

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.