Home Away From Home Past Review

By (Communication Management and Design, Ithaca College) - abroad from 01/09/2012 to 05/02/2012 with

Ithaca College: London - Ithaca College London Center

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned so much about myself, as well as learned about all different cultures. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I wouldn't trade for anything.

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.

I took classes mostly for culture and to experience London to the fullest. I recommend taking theatre and art classes because they get you out of the classroom.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Everyone at the London Center was amazing!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

It was easy to find a great flat close to campus.

* Food:

Food was expensive, but good

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt very integrated. I didn't want to leave. It took a few weeks to get to used to everything though.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Had to go to a doctor while I was there, it was expensive, but they re-embourse you!

* Safety:

London was very safe.

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)

Everything was sooo expensive.

* 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? Food about 30 pounds, traveling was what killed me-but worth it!
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Make a budget! And don't waste money going out partying every night. I partied once and week and was able to go to 8 countries!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Lived in flats
  • Got an amazing internship from the experience
  • Had 3 day weekends to travel
* What could be improved?
  • Group flight back being pushed to a later date
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That I should have packed less- I brought way to much and it was a pain to travel!