Poorly structured classes in an expensive city September 13, 2017

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/20/2016 to 05/31/2017 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?
Gained new American friends. School itself was not worthwhile but I met great friends in the course.

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.

Terrible professor/student interactions, little structure to classes

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

None provided

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Small housing arrangements, but centrally located

* Food:

No food included

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

No health care options

* Safety:

Many terrorist attacks in the spring, house was broken into to while traveling

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

I would study abroad in two different places for the entire year.


* 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? 250
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Make a lot beforehand


* 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
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The other general course students
  • London
  • Independence
* What could be improved?
  • Grade transfer
  • Credit transfer
  • Course structure
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That the grading policy is very harsh

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

AC 100

Course Department: Accounting
Instructor: Kamith
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Easy course, decent structure
Credit Transfer Issues: No credit received
Course Name/Rating:


Course Department: Philosophy
Instructor: Van Busshuysen
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Professor was helpful when in office hours, poorly structed class overall, challenging
Credit Transfer Issues: None
Course Name/Rating:

EH 240

Course Department: Economic history
Instructor: Cirenza
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Challenging but well structed
Credit Transfer Issues: Would like to receive CW credit for class