Studying abroad in Alnwick, England helped me realize my potential in life Past Review

By (Communication and Media Studies., St. Cloud State University) for

St. Cloud State University: Alnwick - St. Cloud in England

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about myself and how I can handle traveling alone.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I felt that the work load was enough for the time period we were there.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I felt that everything was a great experence. To study abroad is to take us out of our comfort zones and to learn to adapt to a new surrounding. But since it was school oriented and the fact that the internet was not available most places in town, it would help to have better internet access in more places of the castle.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Lived in the Alnwick castle. I felt it was a great to experence living in such a place.

* Food:

At times we did have trouble with portion sizes of food at dinner and lunch. I would tell people to eat at the places in town on weekends. Experence a dinner in a differnt cutlure.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt that all the field trips we went on were benifical to our learning.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I felt that the town people were welcoming and helpful. The academic director made us feel safe and that we would be ok. I didnt have any experence with the health care while abroad.

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? It depended on the week, but around 20-50 pounds i would guess.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I would tell people to think of how much they think they will spend. then tell them to double that amount.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Fluent

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Field Trips
  • Being able to exprence another culture
  • English Professors
* What could be improved?
  • Internet
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? If you have any interest in history take 135 with Christine. Also I would tell them to get a student rail pass. Just on the first time alone, you will save money.