Love London May 31, 2019

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/24/2018 to 05/31/2019 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 and also for the first time, prioritized my mental health/ relaxing over school because I had the time to.

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

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.

Academically, King's was very different from my home university. Not only was the structure of classes, essays, and readings different but overall it was a lot less challenging. For me, this was a good thing and it was a nice break.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The global mobility team at King's was amazing, the reason I did not give it 5 stars is because module requests are done by individual people in the office which not only takes a long time and there are no waitlists. Thus, I did not get into many modules I wanted to but people I know who submitted amendment forms after I did got into those modules because of timing.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Location was amazing! Staff was amazing! Overall rooms were kind of gross. King's definitely needs to update their rooms.

* Food:

King's College London did not have a meal plan so I cannot comment on this. However, there were cafes and kind of cafeterias and student bars that were all great and had cheap prices.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

You are very integrated with the local culture. You are a normal student with full-time students and you are just surrounded by a true London experience.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Health care was good, part of my visa was paying for health care so I was able to get NHS services.

* Safety:

I felt very safe during my year abroad. I was very centrally located so everything was well lit and pretty busy even at night so I never felt nervous.

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

King's was exactly what I was hoping for in a study abroad experience. I loved the courses, the city, and the accessibility to the rest of Europe,

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 expensive. Luckily I lived centrally so I did not need to also spend a lot on public transportation. Food is expensive, extra activities are expensive. Student budget is pretty hard.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 50 pounds maybe?
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Food markets are usually cheaper than restaurants because you don't have to pay the service charge.

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?
  • The location
  • The courses
  • The people
* What could be improved?
  • Better module selection process
  • Better help with the new education system
  • Digest emails from home university
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew about all the student deals.

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.