Incredible and once in a lifetime experience Past Review

By (English Education, Bethel University) - abroad from 08/24/2011 to 12/04/2011 with

Study Abroad Programs in England

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned that the Unites States way of living is only one way of living. I learned the pure joy of reading and studying particular authors and artists and their own life stories. It was absolutely 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

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* 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)

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $0
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Eat at grocery stores like Tesco instead of eating at restaurants. You can bring dry foods with you from city to city like a bag of cereal or fig newtons for snacks. And then buy milk or fruit in a new city. It's great if you can find a friend or a group of friends willing to split stuff with you. If the hotel/hostel you are staying in has a kitchen, take advantage if it! Get a group of friends to split ingredients for spaghetti. Making meals can be as cheap as £2 and going out seems to be about £10-20. Also, I saved a lot of the food allowance I got every few weeks to buy souvenirs at the end of the trip.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Host Family
  • Hotel
  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Reading amazing literature in settings of books or authors' hometowns
  • traveling with other English majors
  • seeing so many cities
* What could be improved?
  • meeting more local people/ students
  • staying in fewer cities for longer
  • taking a few classes in an English university
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I have since learned the importance of being present with anywhere I am at. I was easily distracted by wanting to communicate with my fiancé and family back home. Seriously consider the truth that communication back to the US is not always easy, but ultimately the experience abroad is worth it.