Most amazing three months of my life Past Review

By (European History, University of California - Davis) - abroad from 09/15/2014 to 12/19/2014 with

ISA Study Abroad in London, England

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Learned so much about myself, how I cope and react to different situations and about the world. There's so much to see and do. Completely worthwhile.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The classes were not difficult, however, I was thankful for that because I had more time to explore the city and surrounding countries.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

In an amazing area! (Notting Hill)

* Food:

food is pricey so I ate mostly at home while in London.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I wish there was more interaction of the students during classes, however that is more of school curriculum rather than this program.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I didn't use the healthcare system in the UK, but when I got the cold medicine was easy and cheap from the local drugstore.

* Safety:

I stayed in a safe location in the city and was educated on how to stay safe in other parts.

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


* 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 very expensive due to the exchange rate, and I enjoyed exploring the city and seeing the sights which also costs money.

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? eat at home, UK food is rarely worth eating out.


* 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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  • 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?
  • Location
  • Excursions
* What could be improved?
  • less required "checking in"
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? plan your trips in other countries as soon as you get your class schedule.

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.