engaging academics, amazing international experience September 19, 2019

By (Economics, Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/30/2018 to 05/29/2019 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?
new insights into policy and international politics, friends, confidence, and yes all worthwhile

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

learned a lot, not quite as intense as wellesley though

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

very clear and lots of people to answer questions

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

very happy, nice, lively, right in the center of the city

* Food:

good, always 4 options, having 1 meal included with rent was perfect

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I made friends on campus much more quickly than I expected, great experience

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

no experience

* Safety:

felt VERY safe

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

I learned so much about my field (lots of different perspectives and really pushed myself with how I think about things) and it was nice to be surrounded by people studying the same, I found a great group of friends through news and soccer, played soccer in london which was amazing, all and all incredible experience


* 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)

after paying rent, it was relatively easy, but I am from an expensive place so london didn't seem so bad, but for other people it was a bit of a budget shock

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 30
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? walk or bike for transport when ever possible in london, its much faster than the tube and honestly its a lot of fun to walk/bike around, don't go out to eat too much, gets expensive fast


* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • the people
  • the city
  • the class topics
* What could be improved?
  • more clarity with how to choose classes
  • more social opertunities with 2nd and 3rd year students earlier on
  • tips on finding employment in london
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? wish I had a better understanding of the structure and flow or classes and how students normally study

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!