Independence Past Review

By (Political Science And French, Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/16/2013 to 12/13/2013 with

King's College London: London - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was incredibly worthwhile, I feel I became much more independent and got a greater view of world cultures. I loved the traveling component.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

There was not enough direct support for abroad students.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I had a very nice apartment, but could have been in a more central location.

* Food:

Easy to accommodate living gluten-free.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Do not travel alone at night

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)

London is a very expensive city.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $300
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Do not take taxis and use air BnB for travel


* 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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  • 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?
  • London social life
  • Food
  • Traveling
* What could be improved?
  • More support for abroad students
  • Living with American students
  • Built-in program travel/field trips
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how much of a challenge it would be to not be in a direct study abroad program and instead to be fully immersing myself in the life of a typical UK student.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Museums of London

Course Department: Art History
Instructor: Ellen Adams
Instruction Language: English
Comments: It was challenging, but we made use of all the main museums in London to learn. I participated more than I wouldve at home. We were tested with one main paper.
Credit Transfer Issues: No