An amazing experience August 31, 2019

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 08/20/2019 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?
LSE has a strong, slightly competitive work ethic culture. It inspired me to study harder and focus on my career as well. My experience was extremely worthwhile and I had the best year. Living in London gave me some of the best memories

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.

* 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

I really enjoyed living in the city and fast pace lifestyle. I also got to make good British friends but also other American General Course Student friends


* 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 very expensive!

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? Applying to halls that are catered will make getting meals easier


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

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International 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
  • Other students
  • Location
* What could be improved?
  • Student support
  • Better socials to make friends
  • Hall food
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It’ll be difficult at first getting to know people especially coming from a small school since the student population is larger and everyone lives in different parts of the big city at LSE. But join clubs that sound interesting. I’d recommend joining an Athletic Union club even if you’re not athletic, this is what I did. As far as AU clubs go, their community becomes tight knit quickly and there are a lot of fun socials.

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.