Mantra of my life: Find a way back to London. Past Review

By (Economics., Wellesley College) for

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?
London changed my life. With every fiber of my being I want to go back there and I am looking at anything that can take me back.

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.

The workload was not heavy in itself but simply the material I had to learn was dense. Grading system was fair, very much what I was used to at Wellesley. Teaching methods in lectures were very hands off, the professor simply stood at the center of the lecture hall and talked for an hour. It was in the classes that students and teachers had more interactions, though it was rare for the lecturing professor to teach a class.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Wellesley College had a long relationship with LSE so they were very organized and knew exactly what needed to be done to apply and therefore transferred that over to me. Application process was clear and the advisers were prompt with responding to any questions and concerns I had.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I was given advice on where to stay by a friend who had been there a year earlier. My housing was directly in the middle of London, 5 minutes away from LSE. It was situated right in the middle of all the nightlife, it was safe but loud, of course because of the city.

* Food:

I had to cook for myself but there were grocery stores within walking distance in any direction. Going out to eat is relatively expensive in London but worth it. There are tons of sushi and Indian food places if one enjoys that kind of food.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

LSE was great at providing social events at the beginning of orientation for everyone to meet each other and make friends. There were tons of trips both abroad and around London that they provided to adjust new students.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

My residence hall had a bell desk and no one could get in without having proper LSE id. Only students with the residence hall pass could get in so I always felt very safe. Health care was easily accessible and we were registered immediately.

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


* 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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Cover on clubs. As trivial as that sounds I was not used to paying to get into any social establishment and so I wish I had known that beforehand to simply allocate my money a little better.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

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

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A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Economics major absolutely would benefit from this program. However my words or wisdom are take advantage of the city, take advantage of the people, the sounds, the tastes the smells. There is never going to be a time in your life like this one.