Studying in Bristol was a great choice and I would definitely do it again! April 04, 2016

By (Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin) - abroad from 09/18/2015 to 12/22/2015 with

University of Bristol: Bristol - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Definitely worthwhile. It was interesting to be in a different culture, even one so similar to the US. The University system is different and it was great to experience a different way of learning

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were really helpful and easy to contact

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

I'm just really picky

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I stayed in a dorm with native students so it was really easy to integrate with the local culture

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I got a cold and it was really easy to make an appointment to see the University doctor

* Safety:

Bristol felt really safe to me, I was comfortable walking alone and travelling at night. General safety precautions, staying vigilant should keep you safe and from being a victim of theft. I myself didn't have any negative experiences.

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

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)

Bristol isn't too expensive, just be mindful of the currency exchange rates. I stayed in a catered dorm so I only had to worry about buying food on weekends

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Pay attention to currency exchange rates. Use cash, only use your card for emergencies. Use free ATMs . Talk to your bank to see if they can help you save money

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? Exchange

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Other
  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • People
  • Professors
  • The city
* What could be improved?
  • Helping international students understand the grading system
  • Teaching students how the units work so they know what courses they can register for
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How the units worked so I could plan my courses better

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.