Refreshing Past Review

By (International Relations, Wellesley College) - abroad from 01/05/2015 to 06/12/2015 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I was able to take courses, specific to Africa, that I would never have been able to as well as to go to school in a very cosmopolitan city with people from all over the world.

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.

The education experience emphasizes independent learning. Students are required to be self-motivated

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I stayed in Dinwiddy House, a private accommodation solely for SOAS students. Unfortunately, my experience was very unpleasant. On several occasions residents were without hot water sometimes we were without water completely. The house also had a rodent problem, I had mice in my room which was very unnerving. Unfortunately, management took a long time to respond to our complaints. Although the accommodation is well priced, it is not worth the hassle.

* Food:

As my accommodation was self-catering, I cooked my own meals.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* 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? 35 British pounds
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Get a student oyster card to receive discounted travel if you can. Transport is very expensive in London.


* 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? Direct Enrollment

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • The courses
  • Living and studying in the city
  • The SOAS library
* What could be improved?
  • The housing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? n/a