Best decision I've ever made! Past Review

By (Mechanical Engineering., University of Maine at Orono) - abroad from 01/03/2014 to 06/19/2014 with

Lancaster University: Lancaster - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
What I gained from studying abroad was how to make new friends and adapt to different cultures. I also learned to take responsibility for my finances as well as how to cope with being away from my family for six months. Therefore, I feel I learned a lot of positive life lessons and that the experience was definitely worth while.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

There was a lot of free time to travel during the time I spent at Lancaster University. Although the homework load was pretty easy, the exams were still quite difficult.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The rooms are very nice and spacious. I was lucky enough to have my own bathroom.

* Food:

Although there is places to get food on campus, food is not included in a meal plan. So be prepared to do groceries every week.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I was able to see all of the United Kingdom in great detail and meet many interesting people in the process.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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)

The only reason it was hard to stay on budget was due to the exchange rate between the U.S. dollar and the British pound.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I spent roughly 150 dollars each week.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save as much money as you possibly can. No matter what the cost is, the experience you have overseas is worth it. Be smart with your money.


* 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
  • 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?
  • Academics
  • Night Life
  • Housing
* What could be improved?
  • Course Help
  • Housing Cost
  • Student Body Integration
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how much harder the professors overseas grade compared to the professors I have at my home university.

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.'