Conservatory training for a semester February 11, 2022

By (Theatre Studies, Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/18/2021 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 learned so many new skills as an actor, as well as how to live alone in a city and budgeting skills. It was definitely worth it.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

We had to provide our own food during the entire program.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Almost everyone in the program was from US universities, so it was difficult to meet local people. However, it was still nice living in the city, shopping, and commuting like a local. It took more effort to expose ourselves because there weren't any planned cultural trips except for visits to the theatre and the Black British Theatre Walk (which were both incredible).

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Geoblue was sometimes confusing but they were very helpful and accommodating if we needed doctors appointments or covid tests.

* Safety:

I felt pretty safe, I used typically city common safety tips.

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

I learned sooo much more than I thought I would.


* 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)

Decent considering we didn't live directly in the city. The exchange rate is difficult to get used to, but I shopped at cheaper grocery stores, walked to school or took public transport, and tried to cook my own meals as much as possible to safe money.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100-$150 a week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't eat out every day. Pack your lunch or eat at your institution if you have a meal plan. Get instant coffee to make at home or pack your lunch in the morning. Saving that money for cultural excursions will be a lot more fun. Plan when you're going to spend money, such as at a street fair, on a small souvenir from places you visit, or for eating out on weekends.


* 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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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Doing theatre 9 hours a day
  • Individual tutorials (though I would have loved to do them every week)
  • Trips to the theatre
* What could be improved?
  • Built in times off during the weeks (a Friday afternoon here or there)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That I wouldn't have as much time as I thought I would have to explore all of London because of the rigor of the program. It's not a cultural immersion program, it's truly a conservatory 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!