Found a Second Home! Past Review

By (Biology, General., Austin College) - abroad from 09/22/2014 to 12/22/2014 with

Lancaster University: Lancaster - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained social skills, a sense of self-worth and self-appreciation. Most importantly I found the most amazing friends ever!

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.

Classes seem easy at first, but this is an illusion! Exams are much harder and more detailed than in class material! Also you will be with first years, who don't care as much as their first year doesn't count. Don't take study habits from them

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The program is more geared towards London students, which can be frustrating, but they do make more of an effort to involve you than most programs. Very nice staff and faculty

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Lovely housing! Excellent system that really helps you make friends. Works so well, it's a bit heart-wrenching.

* Food:

I didn't have a meal plan, but English food is okay. The city center and campus have a lot of different food restaurants so that is nice. I heard the cafeteria food sucks

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

You can definitely learn about a lot of British Culture, as people are very friendly. The school is big enough to allow privacy but small enough for you to see familiar faces. Lots of different cultures allow for a unique experience.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

We were provided GPs and private health insurance.

* Safety:

Definitely felt safe, but as always you do have to be careful and responsible.

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


* 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? roughly 200 pounds per week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? ask for a student discount, this is acceptable and very wide-spread in the UK. Also, get a purple card!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The students
  • The IFSA staff
  • The city/campus
* What could be improved?
  • I wish it lasted longer
  • I wish there was more focus on academics by department, so you know department policies/styles better
  • Easier commute to campus
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Study hard!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'