A Fantastic Year of Economics in London Past Review

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/21/2015 to 06/10/2016 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?
I absolutely loved my time at the LSE. I was pushed academically and personally, and I was able to see much more of Europe than I had anticipated. While certain aspects of the LSE's academic system--like its exam-oriented structure--were overwhelming at times, I was able to find the support I needed from other LSE students and fellow Americans.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* 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)


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

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  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • High quality of academic instruction
  • Unbelievable location in Central London
  • High degree of flexibility in scheduling
* What could be improved?
  • Warnings and advice from the General Course dean's office regarding exams
  • Communication from Wellesley regarding credit transfers and weighting of class and exam grades
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had received more advice from the General Course dean's office regarding exam time. As an American who, prior to this year, had been educated entirely in the U.S., I was entirely unfamiliar with the exam-based nature of the LSE. Guidance throughout the year regarding exam preparation would have been incredibly helpful.