Life changing experience with the Queen Past Review

By (Acting., University of the Arts) - abroad from 09/06/2012 to 12/16/2012 with

Sarah Lawrence College: London - London Theatre Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
More valuable tools for my craft. I definitely became a more cultured human being. It was AMAZING. When I got on the plane to get back to the US I felt like it was all just a dream. It flew by too fast.

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.

One of the most magical and excellent experiences of my life. I grew not only as a more cultured human being, but also as an actor. This program was by far one of the best things I could have done in my college career.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Not the greatest, but good enough.

* Food:

There were many convenient grocery stores (Waitrose, Sainsburys, Tesco) , bodegas, etc. all within walking distance from the flats.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Since BADA is an international school there is no real integration with locals our age, but as long as you went out and experienced the city and its boroughs you will meet kids your own age.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?


* Safety:

I never felt like my safety was at risk, ever.

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)

London is crazy expensive. I think I survived 3 months in London with roughly 4k.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? No idea.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? -Student Oyster cards for the Tube. -See if your bank can upgrade your checking/saving accounts for the few months you're abroad to waive foreign exchange fees, etc. (I used Citibank) -Be smart, take out large amounts of notes cash from an ATM (it ends up being cheaper with the exchange rate, from USD to the GBP) I took out no more than 100 GBP at a time.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The Faculty
  • Being in Europe for 3 months
  • The Friends I made from all over the states
* What could be improved?
  • nothing
  • nothing
  • nothing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? to cherish every single day!!!!

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!