Bloody Wicked Past Review

By (Ithaca College) - abroad from 01/09/2012 to 04/30/2012 with

Ithaca College: London - Ithaca College London Center

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Greater confidence in myself and my ability to live in a big city, a sense of appreciation for a wonderful culture and a love of travel.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Amazing. Most of the classes were awesome, interesting and just the right level of challenge for me. The staff are amazing and helped me not only with my academic experience but my overall experience in London, including with housing. I got to go on four really cool trips to Bath, Edinburgh, Paris and Stratford-on-Avon, my classes and experiences took me throughout London and I was able to do a wonderful internship because of this program.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I wasn't a major fan of the apartment I was in or the agency we dealt with to rent it but it's a little hard to avoid issues like that when looking for a London flat. Certainly ICLC's staff went out of their way to help me and every other student find housing for the duration of the semester.

* Food:

You have to make or buy your own meals or eat out if you're going to ICLC. Having said that, the staff are wonderful about letting you know where the best and cheapest supermarkets and markets are and which restaurants to go to if you're on a student budget. You also get the opportunity to eat some wonderful meals on the various trips, often at the staff's expense. I can't tell you how many times Bill went out of his way to pay for my meal or lent me some money to buy groceries or lunch.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Short of doing an actual home stay (which is one of the options ICLC offers), I don't see how I could have been more integrated into British culture. We lived in flats in the middle of London, had mostly British professors, participated in internships with mostly British companies and coworkers and took trips throughout London and the UK. Even if you took this program and actively tried not to be integrated into British culture, you wouldn't last a minute before having to give up.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I didn't really have many physical health issues, apart from one cold, which quickly went away after I got some cough drops and cold medicine from a pharmacy chain the staff had recommended. Mentally, the staff and professors were very good at helping us deal with homesickness and stress.

* Safety:

There definitely are some decidedly dodgy parts of London. Having said that, the staff do their best to make sure the students don't wind up living in any of them and for a city of its size and density, London is amazingly safe. I was able to walk around parts of the city well into the middle of the night without any incident or feeling unsafe. Moreover, the ICLC building itself is located in one of the most prosperous and low-crime areas in all of London.

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)

2.5. I badly underestimated how many travelers' cheques could get me through a month's rent and between that and the landlord's failure to get the right amount of wireless for my housing group definitely made things financially tight at times. Having said that, I usually had enough to get by, Bill was always willing to lend me money when I needed it and the staff are good at giving you tips on how to save money.

* Was housing included in your program cost? No
* Was food included in your program cost? No
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Somewhere between $50 and $100? It depended on the week, plus pounds are more expensive
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Bring enough money ahead of time for housing, go for the most extensive or the most affordable Oyster pass and nothing in between.


* 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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  • Americans
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?
  • The culture and sights
  • The city itself
  • The staff
* What could be improved?
  • Maybe a better overview of the different landlords and past problems students have encountered with them.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? London can be very expensive so you have to have housing money and you have to keep track of stuff.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:


Course Department: English
Instructor: Patricia Doyle
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This class was wonderful. We read some fascinating plays and watched movies that helped deepen our understanding of the text and Shakespeare's times. Professor Doyle is deeply knowledgeable, funny and engaging, not to mention adorably outspoken when it comes to discussing politics. The plays we actually saw and field trips we took were amazing, helped deepen our understanding of the course and offered first-class experiences I couldn't have found anywhere else.
Credit Transfer Issues: No but this program is run by my college so I can't vouch for anybody from another school who's participated in this program.
Course Name/Rating:

Sports in the UK

Course Department: Sport Media and management
Instructor: Bill Sheasgreen
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This might have been the best class I've ever taken. You learn so much about British sports (not to mention sports in general and British culture itself). The field trips took us to some of the most amazing sports events and venues in the world, from the London Olympic Park to Hyde Park to Wimbledon to Twickenham Rugby stadium to Lord's Cricket Ground to the English Premier League to the FA Cup to the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race. Exams were challenging but fun. Most importantly, Bill Sheasgreen knows everything and is one of the nicest people you'll ever meet.
Credit Transfer Issues: not applicable, I took this program through my own college