The best semester of my life July 15, 2015

By (Performing Arts Management, University of Hartford) - abroad from 01/14/2015 to 05/02/2015 with

Regent’s University London: Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
This experience made me grow as a person. I have a new perspective on life. Before going to London, I only saw NYC as the greatest city. Now I'm not so sure. Going to a new country by myself was scary at first, but by the end I felt like I could conquer anything. I am completely comfortable with traveling alone now. I have gained great communication skills and appreciate life a little more.

Review Photos

Regent’s University London: Direct Enrollment & Exchange Photo Regent’s University London: Direct Enrollment & Exchange Photo Regent’s University London: Direct Enrollment & Exchange Photo Regent’s University London: Direct Enrollment & Exchange Photo Regent’s University London: Direct Enrollment & Exchange Photo

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.

I loved all of my lecturers at Regents University London. They made each class engaging.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in a triple and was surprised to see how comfortable it was! bathrooms/showers were of hotel quality.

* Food:

Breakfast and lunch were always fantastic. Dinner sometimes was hot or miss.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I wish I had met more English natives. I felt that the Americans were separated from the other students for the most part. However, I still made some great international friends on my own time.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I needed a doctor's appointment and got one instantly thanks to Jonathan at Regents.

* Safety:

I felt very safe on this campus. Security is at the front gate at all hours and only lets people in with ID cards. I felt safer here than at my home University.

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

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)

2.5 Living in Europe is extremely expensive. I would suggest to budget as well as you can. Transportation and food expenses add up very quickly.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? At least 20-50 pounds
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save for as long as you can!!! Also do your taxes while abroad. I received my tax refund while I was there and it really helped!

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?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • The location
  • The people
  • The transportation system
* What could be improved?
  • The cost of living
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I really knew how expensive London would be. Everyone says get ready for the pound but it's hard to put it into perspective ahead of time. Also I wish I planned my travel days a head of time. Traveling gets more expensive the longer you wait. So I would suggest that you look at your spring break dates asap and start planning!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

To help future students find programs attended by like-minded individuals, please choose the profile that most closely represents you.
The Networker
An active student leader, it was important for you to network abroad as well. Once overseas, you sought out student clubs, volunteered with local organizations, or attended community events. You encouraged your friends join you, and often considered how you could reflect your international experiences in a resume.