Once in a lifetime Past Review

By (Illinois Wesleyan University) - abroad from 01/02/2017 to 04/13/2017 with

IES Abroad: London - Study London

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I came home with an incredible, newfound level of independence and confidence. I feel as though I can conquer anything I try now since I was able to 'take on' London.

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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.

The classes were tailored to showcase to the students the city that they were living in, which was fantastic. The classes were a bit different than what I was used to taking at home, but they come with their own set of unique challenges.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The IES staff did an amazing job coordinating classes and trips for the students. They were very supportive and helpful as well with all questions asked by students!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Chapter Kings Cross was fantastic. In a prime location just a block from Kings Cross made for a unique, lively lifestyle.

* Food:

There was a variety of grocery stores and restaurants all over London, so you never went hungry! My housing had a community kitchen on each floor, so my floor-mates and I shared a lot of meals together.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I ended up seeing a doctor once while abroad. IES helped with submitting insurance information and getting the appointment set up for the same day.

* Safety:

Regardless of the notorious pick-pocketers and the terror attack that happened while I was abroad this past spring, London's police and the IES staff went above and beyond to make sure we felt safe.

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

I loved everything this program had to offer. Each day I was so excited to wake up and take on the day and what it had to offer.


* 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)

Living in a city is more expensive in general, but I found it quite reasonable.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Limit your meals out and save money by cooking. If you do spend money on something, like a meal or activity, be sure it is a worthwhile experience.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
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?
  • Housing Type
  • Centre & Housing Location
* What could be improved?
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Getting to Know Locals
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I didn't need to pack as much as I did.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.