Learning to Adult Past Review

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/24/2015 to 06/07/2016 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?
Yes. I learned so much from mundane things such as cooking for myself, budgeting, shopping, traveling, finances, to making lasting personal relationships, to learning how to take charge of my own education. It was definitely worthwhile.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

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:

No food provided, required to make own food.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

NHS can be confusing to Americans who have never had to deal with Socialized medicine, and waiting lines can be long, but over all always felt like I could get help if I needed it.

* Safety:

London feels very very safe. It's clean, and I have never felt scared walking home at night.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

The London School of Economics is not a program to enroll in if you need hand holding and guidance through the entire process- it is challenging academically, socially, and personally, but it leads to immense growth in all those areas. It pushes you to be responsible for all your own work, your own goals, and much more. I feel much more prepared to go out after graduation with the skills I have learned here, not to mention to concur my senior year of college.


* 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)

London is very very expensive. Everything from transportation and food costs a lot of money, and I think if I had known that I might have thought twice before choosing this program.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I managed to spend only 15 pounds a week on food, given that LSE provides free lunch every day, and probably around 20-30 pounds on going out or transportation.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Cook your own food! Eating out is very expensive. But the cheapest food available and shop at Tescos because it is the cheapest. Try to walk everywhere if possible.


* 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
* 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?
  • independence
  • location
  • academics
* What could be improved?
  • general course student immersion with non general course students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had known that it is tempting to gravitate toward other exchange students, but that it is much more worth your while to meet new people!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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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!