A Year to Remember Past Review

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/22/2016 to 06/09/2017 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 learned how to be independent, to advocate for myself, to make friends from university at the LSE, to enjoy the urban lifestyle, and be a part of London.

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.

* 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

Studying at the LSE and living in London changed my life. It was the first time I really pushed myself to go beyond my comfort zone in my academics, making friends, and challenging myself to have life changing experiences, see the world, and live in it. I'll always remember my experience in London fondly and will keep those precious moments close to heart.


* 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? $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Sign-up for loyalty cards through the local pharmacies, grocery stores, and other stores in the area


* 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
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Academics
  • Abroad and Local Students
  • London
* What could be improved?
  • Better coordination with home institution and the LSE
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? In retrospect, it would have been nice to do some more research of the places I wanted to visit and see in London and throughout Europe. I didn't really start doing that until I got there, but having a travel plan beforehand would have made creating a bucket list much easier.