Fun! February 24, 2016

By (Neurobiology, Neurosciences, Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/17/2015 to 01/22/2016 with

University of Bristol: Bristol - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about English culture, which I think was worthwhile. I also started a new sport, so that was nice.

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?

It was a bit confusing at the time with the NHS vs. private US insurance, but I think that I figured it out.

* Safety:

I had no problems

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I had a really good time. I liked that Bristol was a large enough city and university that I had opportunities, but I was comfortable enough to not be overwhelmed.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I was in a catered hall, so including the meal plan I spent about $150 each week

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?

Select all that apply

  • 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The people
  • The classes
  • The culture
* What could be improved?
  • Study abroad student support (there was very little communication with the Study Abroad Office)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I'd known that the University of Bristol is actually a very well-regarded school in England. Also England is expensive. And that when they tell you the weather in England is terrible, they aren't joking.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!