An Unforgettable Year In London Past Review

By (Mathematics, Trinity University) - abroad from 09/28/2015 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 have learned a lot from the courses. They were challenging but being able to take classes from well-known professors in the fields is very rewarding.

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.

Very intense course work. Teaching methods are very different comparing to the US.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The dean of the General Course has been very helpful throughout the year.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The dorm I lived in is very close to campus. However, it is very expensive and needs renovation.

* Food:

Food in London is generally expensive.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

There are a lot of cultural events going on in the city on a daily basis. It is very easy to get involved.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

London feels safe overall. Avoid walking alone late at night and in dark alleyways.

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

The general course program is very demanding comparing to most of the other study abroad programs. All students need to spend a lot of time focusing on school work, which cuts down on leisure time.


* 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 expensive. Can easily go over budget with lack of planning.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $300
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? It is very expensive to dine out. It normally costs around 15 to 20 bucks for a simple meal, and 40 to 50 bucks for a fancier meal. Cooking on your own or selecting dorm catering can save a lot of money. Also, keep an eye out for cheap flights. Can save a lot of money for traveling.


* 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?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • 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?
  • Academics
  • Location
  • Diversity
* What could be improved?
  • Housing
  • Grading System
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I did not receive as much information regarding to the teaching and grading system in the UK before going on the program. It was a big shock when I first got there, finding out that a hundred percent of the course grade comes from one final exam.

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!