England Past Review


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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Program seemed to have a lot of faults. While every instructor was kind, not a lot got done. Things were disorganized and untimely. The students were treated like children with strict parents, while the faculty could do as they please around the castle. Felt like double standards. The students were never happy with the food we were served, and this problem was only resolved in the last 2 weeks of the trip. The student advisor wasn't responsible, yet expected the most out of us. Oh, and regardless of an email, we never got our deposits back. Which brings me to the next thing- I, and the other students, did not like the way our money was spent. Wii controllers for example... that could've been train rides to a city we missed out on seeing.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Food was terrible until the last 2 weeks, as stated above. Had to spend a lot of extra money feeding ourselves when the meals were unedible.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Burns night was a good social mixer with the community, as well as the homestay program.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Loved the free healthcare.

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? Too much.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Feeding ourselves beyond the weekends. Having to pay for food on field trips, and not getting paid back for weeks. etc


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None

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