Best decision I've made Past Review

By (Psych, English, Law, Brandeis University) - abroad from 09/14/2016 to 12/17/2016 with

IFSA: London - Queen Mary, University of London

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I let myself be a londoner, and I loved every second of it.

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

very helpful, fast responses.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?


* Food:

the city has a lot of great restaurants.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

London has been a second home.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

didn't have any health concerns.

* Safety:

secured dorm rooms.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

i would apply on my own given the tuition.


* 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's easy to live on my own, but not when i decide to go out with friends.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? about the same
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? cook for yourself


* 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? 6 years of living in the country
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? yes.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • International Students
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?
  • London
  • friends
  • classes
* What could be improved?
  • tuition
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? make more local friends

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Networker
An active student leader, it was important for you to network abroad as well. Once overseas, you sought out student clubs, volunteered with local organizations, or attended community events. You encouraged your friends join you, and often considered how you could reflect your international experiences in a resume.