An Adventure I Didn’t Expect January 03, 2018

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/25/2017 to 12/15/2017 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about myself, I conquered a lot of fears, and I realized many things that I was grateful for back home that I had taken for granted.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Food (and the cost of living in general) is very pricey if you aren’t careful, but it was fun to cook for myself, and I loved trying British foods.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Just be generally aware of your surroundings as you should in any city.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

Finances

* 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 overall.

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Be aware of what grocery store you’re shopping at. Even if Sainsbury’s is a two minute walk from your home, it is likely smarter to walk twenty minutes to Lidl and spend half the amount on groceries.

Language

* 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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  • 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?
  • How different is was compared to my home college
  • Location in the heart of an amazing city
  • Opportunities for personal growth
* What could be improved?
  • Transparency about finances
  • Help choosing courses
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew that I should have planned for my semester to be quite a bit more expensive than I had anticipated. I also wish I had gotten more involved in student organizations for the beginning.

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!