An Amazing Time in London Past Review

By (Marketing., Trinity University) - abroad from 06/09/2014 to 07/26/2014 with

IES Abroad: London - UK Today Summer

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to be more independent and rely on myself. Having to learn how to navigate a big city with a complex transportation system was satisfying. It was definitely a worthwhile experience!

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

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The first day arriving in London, we were submerged into the local culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Just like any other big city, London can be dangerous if you don't use common sense.

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)

It was very hard living on a student's budget because of the exchange rate being close to double.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? About $120 a week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Create a budget for yourself before you leave home, not after the first week of spending a bunch of money and not realizing it.


* 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?
  • Cultural submersion
  • The new friends I made
  • Being in a city that I love
* What could be improved?
  • The curriculum could have more options
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I know now that I made amazing friends both from the program and locals and I wish I chose a longer program!

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.