Studying Abroad in Alnwick, England was the best thing I will ever do, experience of a lifetime. Past Review

By (Undecided, 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 made friends that I never thought I would have. It gave me happiness and a purpose to my life. I now love traveling and learning about other parts of the world. I got to interact with people from another country and it was incredible.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

There was a pretty big work load, but it was manageable. I feel like I learned a lot while abroad, not only in the courses, but outside of the classroom as well. I loved being able to learn from the British professors and see their type of teaching methods as well.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

My expectations were met completely. I loved the program and getting to learn from British professors. The program size of 24 was perfect and it was a good mix of sex as well.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Lived in a castle and it was amazing. Close to class, because we had to just walk upstairs, close to everyone else in the program so we were able to become really great friends. They provided everything except sheets. We did have host families, but just for visit whenever you wanted.

* Food:

They had great food. Good variety and also American style foods that were great.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Field trips around the country were amazing and I was able to learn so much while traveling.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

We had safety classes as soon as we got there and learned a lot.

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)

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • travel time
  • living in a castle with everyone close by
  • group size
* What could be improved?
  • computer/ internet availability
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? DO IT! It is amazing and you will not regret it. It gives you a chance to see the world while learning so much and I made lifelong friends.