An eye-opening experience that allowed me to grow as an individual. Past Review

By (Communications/History, Austin College) - abroad from 01/01/2013 to 05/25/2013 with

IFSA: London - University of Westminster

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained confidence in myself, living in a big city. It was worthwhile because I wanted to travel while abroad, and living in London allowed me to do that affordably.

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.

The academic structure was very independent, which I enjoyed. Students were not penalized for not coming to class, it was up to them if they wanted to do well in the class or not.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Organized, but too many groups from the U.S. Looking back, I would have rather chosen a smaller program with more opportunity to meet the locals.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

very satisfied, although the bed was very uncomfortable. But the space was a good size, and good location.

* Food:

Love London food in the winter. All sorts of ethnic and local options.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Pretty integrated, but as stated earlier, I had to venture off from my program in order to make local friends, the program itself was not very helpful in that. But the location where I lived was easy to involve myself in.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

very well.

* Safety:

London is not the safest place in the world, but where I lived, Old Town, was.

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


* 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)

For me, not very easily, but I did travel to over 7 countries and never spent a weekend in my room.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 200-300 dollars (150-200 pounds).
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Make sure to put yourself on a weekly budget and be good to it. I didn't for the first month or so, and it hurt my bank account. I wish I had done it early, I would have thanked myself later!


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

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • 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?
  • Organized
  • Met people with similar outlooks on what they wanted from this experience
* What could be improved?
  • It was too big, with too many groups of friends from the same school
  • Not integrated in the local lifestyle enough
  • Too many excursions for my liking, did not give us enough freedom, too much like a long school trip
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Don't bring five suitcases of clothes, budget budge budget, and I wish someone had gone through my program (IFSA Butler) so that I could better assess that it was not going to be for me.

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.