Dreaming about returning to Kingston! Past Review

By (Berea College) - abroad from 09/14/2016 to 12/19/2016 with

ISA Study Abroad in Reading, England

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to adapt to the British education system, such that I learned to teach myself. I also learned how to navigate London and appreciate all that British culture had to offer. I also learned a lot about myself while abroad and have obtain an desire to travel and explore more. I miss Kingston and London more than I though I ever would and cherish the bonds I made while I was there.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* 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? 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Watch conversion rates and take out a lot of money when they are low.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
* 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?
  • Local students
  • Location
  • Excursions
* What could be improved?
  • Communication
  • Accessibility
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That the day you get off the plane you have a day of orientation that is hard to focus on while you are so tired. Also, the shops in Kingston close at 6pm. So if you need bedding and cooking supplies that first night make sure you get those before the shops close.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!