By (Economics, Trinity University) for

London School of Economics (LSE): London - General Course, Year-Long Study Abroad Programme

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Totally! I got to have a year worth of British/European experience and got the chance to know the other part of the world from a close distance. I also learnt so much more about myself, made great friends, and make great connections worldwide.

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.

there is a lot of stuff for you to study and go through but mandatory homework is definitely manageble...lots of the studying occurs outside of the classroom. no midterms or homeworks..only exams at the end of your year solely decide your grade....lots of mathematics for economics classes!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Mark Hoffman is very helpful as the program director and the LSE general course program is very well-organized and all the faculties and staff in the school treat us just the same as normal students. Our program also had lots of activities for the gereral course students!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

London has everything to offer...however it is quite expensive so if you could get a kitchen to cook for yourself every now and then you will be able to save some money for cider

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Travelling across europe for the christmas break, attending royal wedding, going to wimbledon for some excellent professioal tennis etc....those are arranged by myself...

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

it is mostly safe...but since the riots in london happened in the summer, nobody could say for sure how safe it was...but the central area is generally safe and well guarded by the police force...then again, london is a metropolitan city where terrorist threat is still high

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 including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100 dollars? might be a bit less than that but london is definitely not cheap in terms of food
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? transportation is expensive


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

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

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • London, the prestige of the school, opportunities to develop yourself, well-organizedness,
* What could be improved?
  • Maybe more bonding opportunites for exchange students at the beginning of the term
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Make sure you keep up with studying during the term even though in London's fall and winter it is extremely difficult for you to wake up and go to class.