London is amazing! March 20, 2020

By (Biochemistry, Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/16/2019 to 12/13/2019 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 be independent. I learned how to be on my own. Sometimes being alone without my friends from Wellesley made me sad, but all in all, it was very worthwhile, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Personal Information

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

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The academic rigor of this program was not as intense as Wellesley college, but it was a good way for me to learn without the pressure of grades, and I realized I was actually excited to learn the material.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I had no issues with the country. The UK was a beautiful place and I was happy to be there and explore the cultures.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

(Wolfson House) At first, I really liked my dorm. It was perfectly convenient. However, towards the end of the semester, there were always issues with the hot water supply, and that was painfully inconvenient.

* Food:

I made my own meals, and that was AMAZING!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

This is mostly my fault. I was trying to get away from people when I studied in London, so I made an intentional effort to become a homebody and not integrate myself with the local cultures.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Healthcare in the UK is amazing. I was never sick, but I was confident that even if I fell sick, the price wouldn't kill me.

* Safety:

People say London is not safe, however, even though I lived in the middle of the city, I felt perfectly safe. Nothing bad ever happened to me while in London, so it was very safe for me.

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

I had so much fun being in the UK. I was able to hang out with my high school friends who are studying in the UK. I was able to travel around Europe. I took classes I liked for fun, and I learned a lot.

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, and I also decided to stop saving while abroad. I spend all my time at Wellesley saving, so my abroad experience was going to be my opportunity to splurge.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? food: $150/week. Other expenses (Transportation, parties): $100/week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I'm the worst person to ask about money-saving tips.

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
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Classes
  • Independence
  • Living in a CITY!!
* What could be improved?
  • Wolfson house could be better
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Just how expensive London would be!

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.