Lancaster is the home of the sheep and quiet living. A true english experience. Past Review

By (Marketing and Psychology, Trinity University) - abroad from 01/03/2014 to 06/28/2014 with

Lancaster University: Lancaster - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned about authentic english culture rather than the urbanized version of it. The classes were interesting, but the breaks in between while travelling Europe taught me about how to travel, different cultures, and also living by yourself.

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.

Lancaster University's business and marketing departments were interesting, engaging, and challenging. They applied their courses to real life situations and helped prepare us for a future in marketing. Psychology... not so much.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were helpful, albeit often invisible. If you needed help, they were almost always available.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The rooms were single rooms with either shared bathrooms or private bathrooms, depending on which college you lived in. The room was small but comfortable.

* Food:

Food places on campus were decent although very expensive compared to food bought in town.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The 100 or so societies and clubs in Lancaster University help integrate you into the culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Healthcare was easily accessible. Often doctor appointments were not needed and instead you could just go to a pharmicist.

* Safety:

Lancaster is very safe.

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 very easily, but this is England and so everything is much more expensive. Comparatively, though, Lancaster is cheaper than London.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 40-60 pounds
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I suggest that you keep a budget for each month and also save up for trips. In the end, you're going to remember travelling Europe and England more than you're going to remember eating fish and chips four times in a week.


* 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
  • 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 school
  • The travelling
  • The food
* What could be improved?
  • IFSA events should include northern schools of England
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how to cook and how to budget money.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Marketing Management

Course Department: Marketing
Instructor: Zom Musiyiwa
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This is a challenging but great class. The course included a series of mock marketing campaigns and sales pitches. It teaches in a comprehensive and applicable manner
Credit Transfer Issues: N/A