IES provided the opportunity of a lifetime & I will always remember this trip Past Review

By (Indiana University - Bloomington) - abroad from 06/06/2016 to 07/22/2016 with

IES Abroad: London - UK Today Summer

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained the confidence of living on my own and using one of the most intricate public transportation systems in the world. I also gained a more worldly view and a different perspective of a new culture. I think that's invaluable as a business student.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

My classes were outstanding and I enjoyed going to them. Studying abroad taught me so much about myself and made me more confident about graduating college and living on my own. I learned a lot academically and personally.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Their customer service was world renown. Everyone who works for IES has the best intentions for all the students.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

It was under construction when I lived there, and I found the workers on site rude. However, I believe it its supposed to be completed soon. (temporary) negatives aside it had a great location and I didn't mind living there

* Food:

The housing is right by multiple grocery stores and I was pleasantly surprised how reasonably priced fruits, vegetables, and meat was. I would often buy a week+ worth of groceries and only pay 18 pounds.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

IES works to make sure students feel less like visitors and more like locals. IES took the time to show us spots around London where locals shopped, eat, and socialized. My only complaint was it was harder to meet locals my age than I thought it would be.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I did not have to deal with healthcare while I was abroad, but I can say IES gave us a lot of information when we arrived about this topic. If something were to happen, IES said they could find you a doctor and make you an appointment.

* Safety:

Yes, London is a big city and things happen, but I always felt safe during my time abroad (even during Brexit and the summer's terrorist attacks). During our initial orientation, IES brought in someone who worked with the police to teach us how to stay safe in London. IES subscribed us to a email service that alerted us when to stay away from certain areas (London and elsewhere). Also, when we traveled outside of London, IES required us to put our travel information on this website. They were extremely caring and always checked in on their students--especially when I went to France the morning after the Nice attack. Overall, I felt very safe and liked the measures IES took to keep us safe.

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

IES put together such a thoughtful program. Their customer service is outstanding and their classes are enriching. The support I got from the IES organization was incredible and it made studying abroad such a positive experience.


* 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 a very expensive city, but if you know that going in you can avoid overspending! Fortunately, its not grocery stores that hurts your wallet. Its pubs/nightlife, dining out, and certain shopping places that hurt your wallet, but those can all be done in moderation.

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I often cooked for myself at home. Also, a group of 6 of us would cook dinner together once a week and split the cost. It would only cost a pound to eat a huge dinner! Packing a lunch when you know you'll be out all day is super helpful. Plus, a lot of places give you student discounts if you show your school ID (even pubs!) so take advantage of that!


* 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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  • Americans
* 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • IES' customer service
  • The location (of the school, of my residence building, of choosing London in general)
  • The classes
* What could be improved?
  • More guidance on meeting local college students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That being in a new country teaches you so much even if you're not aware. Also, I was worried about the food since I'm a picky eater, but in a large city like London there are so many culinary styles and options.

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.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

CM/FS 325- Censored! What The British Could Not See

Course Department: Communications/Film Studies
Instructor: Kate
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This class was incredible! It's taught by a woman who used to work for the BBFC (the organization that rates British films). Class was 2 lectures per week and there were 2 papers and a final project.
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AH 341: The Architecture of London

Course Department: Art History
Instructor: Suzanne
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This class hardly ever met in the classroom. Our instructor would take us on tours all over London. I liked the class because I had the opportunity to visit places I probably wouldn't of found on my own. The class had 2 papers.
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