The best college experience i have ever had. January 03, 2018

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/25/2017 to 12/15/2017 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Very worthwhile. Learned alot about London as an international city.

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.

Overall, solid academics, but not as hard as Wellesley

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The housing was good, and the administration was great.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Room were very small, but enough space for one person.

* Food:

I purchased food at a grocery store and also went out.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I made wonderful friends!!! Love the community of London.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Did not have any health issues while being there.

* Safety:

Relatively safe; must always be aware in London though.

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

SOAS is very international and I met so many amazing people from all cultures and backgrounds. Definitely join a sports team.


* 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)

It was okay; London is very expensive to live in, so I have to be strategic is how much food I bought

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100 dollars a week.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy local; much cheaper than grocery stores.


* 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
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Students
  • Living in London
  • European city
* What could be improved?
  • nothing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The specifics of the British academic system.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.