Great to Experience a Different Culture June 21, 2017

By (Oklahoma State University - Stillwater) - abroad from 02/06/2017 to 06/21/2017 with

Loughborough University: Leicestershire - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I think I just learned a lot about general problem solving because in a different culture, things may be different than you're used to and you have to learn to adapt. Very worthwhile!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The UK's educational system is slightly different, but I had to adjust to when studying. I still learned a lot though and had a good experience.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Loughborough staff was always very responsive and helpful.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Pretty standard university housing

* Food:

Standard cafeteria food

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

UK university culture is very involving and has many different events happening at all times.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Even as a non-citizen, it is relatively easy to get health care.

* Safety:

Very safe city

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

I have no regrets on the program I chose. It was a great city and university, and I met some great friends.

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)

You have to be relatively careful with your money, especially if you plan on taking a lot of trips because they can add up.

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? Exchange

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Travelling
  • Friends
  • General culture
* What could be improved?
  • I would've come with a friend
  • Not great English weather
  • Food
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I would've known someone coming in because it was pretty lonely at first until I made friends there.

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!