The greatest experience of my life Past Review

By (Real Estate., 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?
Completely worthwhile!! I was able to further my understanding of my personal world view. submersing myself into something unknown, different and scary and became a stronger person.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The program director was extremely knowledgeable about the host country and did everything in his power to make the trip a positive experience for everyone.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

No curtains in the rooms made it hard to fall asleep and adjust to light coming in at 3-4am.

* Food:

The food was the only unfulfilled expectation. I was expecting to get what we were told. Often times the food was prepared with the smallest amount of effort possible and the portions in some cases didn't feed all the program participants. The castle was having difficulty keeping a kitchen staff, but some sort of protocol should already have been in place so the incoming chef or other help knew exactly what food options were available and how they need to prepare.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I loved every field trip the program took us on!! For some it takes longer for the realization to sink in that they are visiting places people can only see on television, but is worth every penny. With your education you can always make more money, but you won't every be able to make those memories again.

* 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)


If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hostel
  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Don't let anything keep you from Studying Abroad, there are no good excuses not too. All students will benefit from any of these programs.