KCL's humanities classes are very rewarding, and KCL has A LOT of societies. August 02, 2019

By (Middlebury 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?
My biggest gain would probably be the European Union module I took. I learned so much about European politics & history in a perspective that I never would've learned if I stayed in the States. I also became a member of the KCL Varsity Pole Dancing team, which was very rewarding for me. All my best friends I made through the the team, and some of my favorite times in London I spent with the team. Pole dancing was something I did even prior to arriving in London, and I loved that I was able to pursue it at KCL, but do it with a whole team.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

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

Well, there wasn't much option for me since I didn't want to have to learn a foreign language but still wanted the study abroad experience. My year in London has definitely made me a different person that the one I would've become if I stayed in Middlebury.

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* 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? $200+, but I had a part time job so I was more relaxed with my money.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

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A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • the humanity courses
  • the socieities--like literally there is a soceity for everything
  • London
* What could be improved?
  • the CS courses were lighter, comparing to high level CS courses at Midd
  • the Admin/Study Abroad Team at KCL is not very responsive, and a lot of the times of you have take matter into your own hands, definitely no baby-sitting
  • food in London is pretty awful, especially for European standard
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How amazing the humanities courses are. I signed up for/ended up taking 6 Computer Science courses & 2 humanities courses, but I only needed 4 KCL CS courses to fulfill my Midd CS degree. I should've taken 2 more humanities courses.

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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

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Artificial Intelligence

Course Department: Computer Science
Instructor: Professor Simon Parsons & Dr Elizabeth Black
Instruction Language: English
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