A Year I'll Never Forget Past Review

By (Political Science and Government, Wellesley College) - abroad from 10/02/2015 to 07/04/2015 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?
It was truly one of the greatest and most fulfilling experiences of my life. I learned more about myself and my personal and academic interests than I ever had before. I made lifelong friends from all different backgrounds. All in all, I grew immensely as a student and as a person by studying abroad at LSE

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.

Definitely a very challenging program, you are directly enrolled with full time LSE undergrad and graduate student. You are expected to be on the same level as your peers, who are highly motivated and smart individuals. I learned a lot from my classmates and teachers, who hail from all parts of the world. Coursework is not to be taken lightly- everything counts for General Course students!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Right in central London, accessible to every part of the city by public transportation.

* Food:

Expensive but amazing options! On campus food is ok.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

You have to take initiative to integrate yourself into the LSE community- join clubs and organizations, athletic teams, etc. Everyone is very independent, so many people just do their own thing.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Free access to basic health care!

* Safety:

I always felt very safe, just stick to your common sense.

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)


* 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? Direct Enrollment

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • The city
  • The friends I made
  • The courses I took
* What could be improved?
  • More events for study abroad students
  • More integration into the LSE community
  • More library space
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How expensive it was going to be- converting the pounds you spend back to dollars is not very pleasant!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

To help future students find programs attended by like-minded individuals, please choose the profile that most closely represents you.
The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!