A Semester at SOAS Past Review

By (Anthropology., Brandeis University) - abroad from 09/22/2014 to 12/12/2014 with

SOAS, University of London: London - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I really liked experiencing the UK education system. It helped me decide what I'd like to do in the future for my postgrad degree and even career.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

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?

Living in Dinwiddy House, one of the student accommodation halls that SOAS is affiliated with, was a great option for me. It is in a very convenient and central location, is affordable compared to other options, and provides good opportunities to meet other SOAS students.

* Food:

I loved being able to cook for myself while living in student accommodation.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Its so easy to integrate oneself into local culture in London, especially if you are used to urban life in general. London is a great city with endless options for things to do, its just a matter of finding the niche that you're interested in.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The healthcare system experience that I had in the UK was much more efficient than what I am used to at home. The University College London Hospital is extremely accessible and was a good option for me when I needed to see a doctor while abroad.

* Safety:

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? approx. 100 pounds
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? There are a lot of free options even in an expensive city like London, so its important to find them early on so you can budget throughout your stay.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • 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?
  • Courses
  • The people I met
  • International culture in the city
* What could be improved?
  • Administration for study abroad
  • Course registration and clarity about course offerings
  • Clarity regarding expectations for study abroad students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew that I could have stayed in my dorm until January before booking my flight!

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!