One of the greatest decisions that I have made in my life Past Review

By (Economics, Brandeis University) - abroad from 10/01/2014 to 06/15/2015 with

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?
- How to cook - How to manage my time - How to get used to large sized lectures Conclusion: Matured as a person so it was very worthwhile

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.

Living in London was expensive but I felt like the program was worth it because of academic and career achievements that you can make by being a part of world-class institution. The academic intensity was average throughout the year; however, by April I can guarantee that the intensity increases by a lot due to exams that cover a year long material. Also, the large size lectures can be quite hard to get used to if you are coming from a small liberal arts education that had class size of twenty people or so. All in all I met some of the smartest and most driven people through this program and matured as a person.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

You will really have to learn how to cook in London.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

London is very international and because I was an international student, I fitted in pretty well

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Never had to visit a hospital but NHS covers a lot so as long as you sign up for it the first thing when you start your program, it will cover most of sicknesses.

* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I spent about 150 pounds every week.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Learn how to cook and try to plan your meals ahead so you do not get into habit of eating outside every day.


* 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?

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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?
  • Career Opportunities
  • Academics
  • Experiencing London
* What could be improved?
  • Grading System
  • Facilities
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Although it may sound strange but I think it is best that you go there without full knowledge of the program as I believe it was the struggle that I went through during this program that made me learn and become more mature.

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.