A relaxing break from the stresses of life in America January 05, 2019

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/17/2018 to 12/20/2018 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Going abroad was definitely worthwhile. I think the timing, personally, could have been better given events that were out of control, but I really liked being able to learn about a new city, explore it, and learn, really, more about myself.

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?

I had an ear syringe for free. It took a while to get an appointment, but I was able to sign up for the NHS for free and have this service done for free.

* Safety:

My host city was very safe, but my phone was stolen while traveling around Europe, and I know other people living in London whose phones were stolen there.

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

I think I would stick with the same program, but try to take different courses. I really liked being in London, but my academic experience was no where close to what I get at Wellesley College. I wish there was a way to combine the academic rigor of schools like Oxford and Cambridge but with the London location. Also, some part of me wishes I had a more meaningful experience. While being in London pushed me out of my comfort zone a little bit, traveling somewhere else, where I could learn more about a different culture and possibly give back, might have been a more meaningful semester.

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)

Food was not expensive, but with transportation and cultural experiences, I spent probably just under $200 a week.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Cook as many meals as you can at home. Eating out is really expensive in London.

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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  • 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?
  • Location (London)
* What could be improved?
  • More structure (Wellesley sponsored trips/events/bonding)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Some basic safety/travel tips. While where I was living was really safe, the places I traveled to were not always. Things like you should bring a lock to a hostel, you shouldn't leave your phone out on a table, etc.

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.