Plenty of potatoes, good drinks, and keen company Past Review

By (Birmingham-Southern College) - abroad from 01/08/2018 to 06/01/2018 with

University of Birmingham: Birmingham - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
This specific program was great to go to during the spring semester because they take the month of April off for studying and Easter. This was perfect time to travel while having a home base in England. I wrote most of my papers while in class so I was prepared to come back for the May exam period. I loved the way I was able to really explore my field of study in my own timing through out Jan-March. I made friends while in England with study abroad students so we just met up in different cities around Europe and it was fabulous.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I got a chance to take classes that weren't offered at my home university and really take a deep dive into things I'd always been curious about but hadn't had the chance to investigate. I felt encouraged to research and find my own understanding of class material and take ownership of my own learning.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

If I had any problems with my modules there quickly responsive as well as my living situation, very keen on helping in any way they could.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I stayed in chamberlain tower and it was wonderful.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I did go to the clinic for the university and they were very helpful.

* 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)

I bought groceries every week for about 15-20 GBP and went out for drinks with friends a couple times a week so the cost was not and at all.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? maybe 15GBP a week on transport and dinner out or drinks.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Dont ├╝ber so much just take public transportation. There's always a ton of free activities that are fun like parks or gardens to see. If you get a meal plan then use it.


* 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
* Who did you take classes with?

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

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • ease of language
  • ease of travel
  • student services in general
* What could be improved?
  • I wish I had some one at the university to teach me how the university worked: like turning in papers format and so forth
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The exam period was a wake up call because I had a lot of exams at the same time so that was something I wasn't used to.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.