Past Review

By (Policy Studies, French, Rice University) for

INSTEP: Cambridge - Institute of Economic and Political Studies

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My study abroad experience was definitely worthwhile. Whether it was the people, the university, the cultural aspect- all had given me new and more global perspectives.

Personal Information

The term and year this program took place: Spring 2009

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Cambridge does indeed have an intellectually stimulating environment; courses were great- informative and quite practical (integrated with theory) and so were professors there.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The program was structured and very organized. Everything was set out clearly, and most aspects of studying abroad (including housing, computer, food, etc) were discussed clearly.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

3 floor flat, living with the other people in the program <br /><br /> Actual living in the flat was good, though if students were able to integrate better with others in the university (eg. living closer, with others) that would be ideal.

* Food:

Cheapest, most convenient, and easiest with cooking by yourself.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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)


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
Language acquisition improvement?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Definitely try to apply. The whole experience had been eye-opening to me, and I really had a lot of fun during the past semester. Cambridge is a gorgeous town, and very different from the rest of the UK. Being able to balance life and work is quite important.