Life in London Past Review

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/21/2015 to 06/03/2016 with

London School of Economics (LSE): Direct Enrollment in LSE Summer School

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to live more independently, how to navigate a city on my own, and how to balance work with an active social life. I was able to travel all over Europe and to learn so much about art, theater, and history just by exploring London. I am glad that I chose the LSE program as I was still able to participate in a rigorous academic program that challenged me in the classroom.

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.

Since I was directly enrolled at LSE, I followed the British academic system, meaning there was very little work throughout the academic year and then two months of very intense studying and testing at the end. The course material was adequately challenging and fit well with my courses back at Wellesley.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very little contact with LSE General Course administrators.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Great location but the rooms were small and anti-social.

* Food:

No meal plan so I had to eat out or cook for myself for all my meals. However, London has lots of good food options.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* 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

Since the LSE program is an entire academic year long, I never had to chose between traveling, exploring London, and keeping up on my school work. I managed to go to 11 different countries, while also being able to feel fully at home in London.


* 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? $250
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? London is expensive! But I always went out to eat and never cooked for myself so that definitely made it more expensive.


* 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
  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • London
  • The year-long courses
  • LSE's student union societies
* What could be improved?
  • More welcome week events for General Course students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish that I knew not to be so nervous, because it was going to be so fantastic!

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.