Work hard, Play hard Past Review

By (Texas A&M University - College Station) - abroad from 06/20/2016 to 09/29/2016 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Living in a huge city as a resident rather than a tourist

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.

LSE lives up to its reputation as a top notch institution with a truly international student body and rigorous curricula. Unlike many study abroad experiences, the classes are intense and the effort demanded is great.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The school is run in the quirky yet efficient style of British bureaucracy..

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

LSE has many dorm options. I chose Northumberland House, adjacent to Trafalgar Square in the dead center of London. While very affordable and in a great location, the dorm is not good for someone planning to stay more than a week. The rooms are spartan and always look dirty, the cleaning service rarely does much, the lamps are all broken and the bathrooms are identical to those found in a small motor home, with the toilet, shower, and sink all centered around the same square foot of space. Although lack of air con is typical in London, it is a great nuisance at Northumberland because you are forced to open your window to the racket of the square. Also, one of the two elevators will always be broken.

* Food:

* 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


* 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)

Nothing in London is cheap. I found a cheap haircut though.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $500
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? It is possible to save money on food by choosing the "cheap and cheery" sort of restaurant chains found throughout London such as Pret a Manger. Don't get a pay-as-you-go oyster card if you stay more than 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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  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • challenging work
  • renowned staff
  • amazing campus
* What could be improved?
  • housing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? you will get very homesick