Best Year of My Life So Far September 11, 2019

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/27/2018 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?
Maturing. Growing. Realizing that things that go on at my home school are so trivial.

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.

Tough academically but great resources. Top 3 school in England with Oxford and Cambridge.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Mark Hoffman. Great dean.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Great location where I was in Covent Garden. One bad flatmate but can't complain all in all.

* Food:

Never ate on campus, always ate out. London has some of the best cafes and restaurants in the world.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Without a doubt 5 stars. I will move back as soon as I can.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

NHS cured my pneumonia.

* Safety:

London's a European city. Nothing too scary but definitely some places and people to watch out for.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I love London


* 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)

I did spend quite a bit at pubs and on travel, but that was my choice.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Difficult to estimate. Probably 200 pounds before trips.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Definitely keep a log of your daily expenses.


* 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?
  • Proximity to pubs
  • London
  • Accessible countryside
* What could be improved?
  • Social aspect of the school
  • The exams were hard
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Where to ride my bike in the countryside.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Business and Economic Performance since 1945: Britain in International Context

Course Department: Economic History
Instructor: Dr Peter Cirenza
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Dr Peter Cirenza is a fantastic teacher, absolutely.
Credit Transfer Issues: Take this class.