Rigorous training, fantastic experiences and lifelong memories! January 05, 2022

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 09/19/2021 to 12/18/2021 with

Sarah Lawrence College: London - London Theatre Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I was able to take many challenging and enriching acting courses my home school does not offer. I found excellent training at BADA with professionals who have made a name for themselves in this industry and I was given feedback which will help me through my entire career. I also made friends from other American universities and saw more theater on the West End than I've ever seen on Broadway - plus I got the experience of living by myself and cooking for myself in a big beautiful city! I also had opportunities to travel to Scotland and Oxford, so I was able to see other parts of the UK as well. I found the program extremely 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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

The program does not provide food for students!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The administration did not do a very good job with covid prevention once a positive case occurred within the program.

* Safety:

The administration did not do a very good job with covid prevention once a positive case occurred within the program.

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)

The program does not provide food or transportation for the most part, so it was fairly expensive.

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try to cook as much as possible and bring food from home to class rather than eating out every day!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Courses were intimate and excellent opportunities to grow as a performer!
  • Loved the weekly opportunities to see theater and talk to cast members about working in the industry!
  • Amazing experience of working on a show all day, every day, without additional classes.
* What could be improved?
  • Covid control needs to be more effective.
  • If food were offered at the school, it would save the students time and money.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? You will spend more money than you think you will! I also used to think that spending money on experiences (vs. objects or things) was silly and frivolous, and I don't think that anymore. I will forever treasure the experiences I had in this program.

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!