Great location in London, mediocre academic experience April 16, 2019

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 10/01/2018 to 12/14/2018 with

University College London (UCL): London - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I really enjoyed my life abroad and felt that I gained a sense of independence.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I liked my small sized art history and archeology classes, but I had no choice in the classes I could take for my neuroscience major because only two were offered for the fall. Classes at UCL were unorganized in general. Some classes lack syllabuses, and other who have don't follow their syllabuses and lack clear lists of required reading materials.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I was not given housing until the last minute. It is also pretty difficult to find affordable housing in London for only 3 months, so make sure you can get student housing.

* 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? No

I would look into schools that were offering a greater variety of neuro courses.

Finances

* 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)

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Direct Enrollment

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
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?
  • I liked the art programs that were geared towards affiliates because they take you around all the art museums in London.
* What could be improved?
  • The administration and organization for the courses could be improved.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew that you could register for 2 majors, and you'd take 2 classes for your first major and 1 class for the second. If you didn't register for a second major, it is very unlikely that you'd be able to register for a class in that discipline.