A year of reading and traveling like crazy! August 29, 2018

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/25/2017 to 05/25/2018 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 think that I gained a lot of confidence from my year abroad that I desperately needed. Living alone for the first time in a huge, kind of unforgiving city made me approach problems in a more confident and methodical way.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The program was challenging and many courses were personally interesting for me. I knew that it was going to be different from what I was used to, and the transition was difficult, but once I got the hang of everything, it was a great academic experience.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

There really wasn't any onsite administration - we were on our own, which was fine.

* Housing:

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* 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

It was hard, but I think in the end it was worth it, and made me both a better student and a more well-rounded, confident person.

Finances

* 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? $150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Remember that pounds and dollars aren't the same

Language

* 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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  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local 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
* What could be improved?
  • Professors caring a little more about individual students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That there was going to be more reading than I could even imagine

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.