UK Today adventure Past Review

By (Indiana University - Bloomington) - abroad from 06/05/2017 to 07/21/2017 with

IES Abroad: London - UK Today Summer

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained so many new friends and new found skills. I honestly gained more street smarts than I ever thought I needed.

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.

I thought that the courses were very fair and very well suited for a 6 week program. They supported traveling and accommodated students well.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The administration was AMAZING I felt that I always had someone to talk to if I had any issues

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved the Chapter building it felt like home!

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I met some of my best friends in this program

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

My friend had to get emergency surgery in London. The staff took care of her as if she was their relative. They were truly amazing!

* Safety:

I never felt unsafe and if I would have, the staff would have done everything in their power to help change that.

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

This was the best decision I have ever made. If you are unsure about going abroad just do it! I promise it is worth it!


* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? about 50 pounds but I like to shop:)
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? You can always cook at Chapter (your living quarters) if you're tight on money!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Fluent
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? I'm a native speaker
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The administration was amazing
  • I loved the living conditions
  • The classes were great
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing that I can think of!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Some of the fashion tips, such as how they don't wear workout gear as clothing the way that we do in America.

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.