Lovely Time in Lancaster Past Review

By (Women and Gender Studies, Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/27/2015 to 12/11/2015 with

Lancaster University: Lancaster - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about myself and really broke out of my comfort zone. I had never traveled all by myself before and that was such a valuable experience. As a Women's and Gender Studies it was really great learning about society from a different perspective.

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.

It is very difficult to take anything not meant for first years outside of your major because so many units are required as pre-requisites. But those classes are still really good.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were really responsive and helpful with questions

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I had great accommodation and because I was placed on campus it was so easy to get around

* Food:

There is no catered accommodation for study abroad students and the only store on campus is a bit expensive. There is a free bus once a week to the bigger grocery store but you do still need to cook all your own meals.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

If you come in the fall you are there during the first year orientation and there are a lot of opportunities to make friends with your flatmates and get involved with societies

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I didn't have any health issues but there is a pharmacy and doctors office on campus

* Safety:

Very safe. I felt totally fine at night and on campus. Security is available 24/7 and is easy to contact

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)

If you are ok with not eating out or getting nice ingredients for cooking it is ok to live on a minimal budget but a lot of my expenses came from the traveling I did

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? about 80 pounds a week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Decide if you want to travel around the country on the weekends because that will impact how much money you need. If I didn't travel I could have lived off of about 40 pounds or less a week


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Exchange

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?
  • Ease of making local friends
  • Variety of class options
  • Ability to travel
* What could be improved?
  • Settling in and schedule help
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That the classes you put in your application are expected to be the ones you take but it is ok to change your mind

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.'