Strong academics, poor grading system, London is amazing August 27, 2019

By (Economics, Politics, and Philosophy, Brandeis University) - abroad from 09/23/2018 to 06/14/2019 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?
N/A

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.

Very strong academic program, housing is far away from campus, food is also paid on own not part of a meal plan etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very centralized administration which can make you feel like a number not a person, but they seem to do a nice job outside of grading (which is so robotic that it seems biased)

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

LSE Rosebery Hall is very nice to live in, that being said most of the rooms are quite old.

* Food:

Poor food options and the dining hall food is terrible.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

London is very cosmopolitan and the campus is so small that really you feel like a Londoner not an LSE student.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The NHS is terrible. Go with private health coverage if you are concerned and make arrangements in advance. Had a minor heath issue with which I have years of experience dealing with and NHS took over 4 hours to find me a place to be seen. This was an urgent matter.

* Safety:

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

London is not the place to be if you want to learn. Yes, resources abound for learning and the cultural events and London as a city are fantastic, but learning requires studying, and LSE is not a good place for that.

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)

London is expensive...very very expensive so be prepared.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $120 minimum

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?
  • Respected faculty
  • Interesting lecture series
  • London is great
* What could be improved?
  • Housing is too far away
  • Food options are bad and very expensive, also few late night options
  • Most of your experience is based on where you live
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Where you choose to live will define your ENTIRE experience. Each hall is close to different things and people who live on their own either die of boredom/make no friends or have to be obnoxiously (yes, that is the most apt word) outgoing.