I finally learned information my colonizers kept from me in their museums. January 21, 2018

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/18/2017 to 01/15/2018 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to live on my own, cook for myself, make friends in a foreign country, travel on my own and manage my own expenses. This was also especially worthwhile because of all the free access to museums.

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

* 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:

It gets kinda scary to walk around alone when it's dark; but there are buses available all night and if you need wifi, just get close enough to any store that normally would have wifi, even if they're closed. Be very cautious when crossing the roads. You don't want to get hit by a bus.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Because my heater broke on the coldest week of the year and the week I had two finals due, I did wonder how it would be if I went to UCL instead. But at the end of the day, King's has an INCREDIBLE digital humanities department, and global health/social medicine department. The classes I took in those two departments, the breathtaking Maughan Library's reading room, plus the fact that Rosalind Franklin worked with KCL, are the reasons why I would choose KCL again.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100 including food, transportation and partaking in social activities.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Consider not living in King's residences. It might be cheaper to share a flat with some other people. Take the bus over the tube.

Language

* 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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  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Global Health/Social Medicine Department
  • Digital Humanities Department
  • The Maughan Library Reading Room
* What could be improved?
  • Their residences’ response time to broken heaters
  • Professors should know the Quran before teaching material about Islam
  • Account that material about sexual assault and rape can be triggering and make a student mentally unwell.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? If you want to travel do it on weekends as soon as the semester begins because tickets get pricier in December. TimeOut London is an excellent resource for coming up with things to do.

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.