I loved my time at the LSE Past Review

By (Trinity College) - abroad from 09/19/2016 to 06/01/2017 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 UK universities work in comparison to US ones (students are much more independent). I also learned a lot about european healthcare systems through my internship.

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.

LSE is an elite university full of amazing professors and interesting research opportunities.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

IFSA butler was incredibly helpful with helping me get an internship while abroad.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

While the dorm was a bit older, it was in an amazing locating south of the river near London bridge. I rode my bike to school every day.

* Food:

I loved cooking for myself in the dorm kitchen.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I had an easy time making friends through contacts outside of LSE, while I know many of my other abroad friends struggled to interact with LSE students.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I didn't have any health issues abroad but if I had the NHS clinic near my dorms would have taken care of me.

* Safety:

London is a super safe city so long as you pay attention.

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)

London is an expensive city, particularly if you drink and eat out a lot.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy a bike and don't ride the tube every day.


* 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?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Independence
  • Academic rigor
* What could be improved?
  • Student advising
  • Social aspects
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I felt adequately prepared, although many of my abroad friends were not prepared to commute from their dorm to campus.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Networker
An active student leader, it was important for you to network abroad as well. Once overseas, you sought out student clubs, volunteered with local organizations, or attended community events. You encouraged your friends join you, and often considered how you could reflect your international experiences in a resume.