A Great Complement to Liberal Arts Education Past Review

By (Economics., Wellesley College) - abroad from 01/13/2014 to 06/20/2014 with

University of Cambridge, Pembroke College: Cambridge - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Attending the University of Cambridge as a study abroad student was an extremely fulfilling experience. I was able to take courses that I would not otherwise have been able to at Wellesley College due to the difference in size of both institutions.

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.

The program was very rigorous with weekly writing assignments and one-on-one supervisions; however, I wish we could have more time interacting with professors. Office hours were something I missed during my time abroad.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The administrative staff were very efficient in terms of communicating with study abroad students. Director of Studies and Senior Tutors regularly checked in with us to hear how things were going.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My room at Cambridge was possibly triple the size of an average single at Wellesley. I was assigned housing in Downing College, which turned out to be a better arrangement. I had access to facilities (i.e. dining hall and library) in both Pembroke and Downing, while regular students only had access to one. My room looked as if it was once used as a living room-- spacious with a piano and a fireplace. I was very satisfied with the housing arrangement overall

* Food:

Dining hall food definitely exceeded my expectations. Downing College had one of the best kitchens for regular meals (especially for weekend brunches), although Formal Halls at Pembroke were definitely better and more cost-effective.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I spent half of my time with other U.S. college students and another half with full-time Cambridge students. It was a good mix between keeping in touch with people who were going through the same experience and assimilating into the Cambridge culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

We had one-on-one meetings with the College Nurse in the first week of the program and the support system was clearly explained. The nurse was always on her mobile phone and was easily accessible.

* Safety:

Cambridge is a very safe city, although I felt that I needed to look over my shoulders while walking alone in certain streets at night.

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)

There were relatively cheap places around market square and next to Downing College. Dining halls food can be expensive at times.


* 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
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The academic challenge and the setting of the institution
* What could be improved?
  • Activities to encourage bonding between U.S. college students who participated in the program
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I think it is still very important to review for the final examinations during the Easter Break even though we were encouraged to take a break from our studies.

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!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Modern Societies

Course Department: Human, Social and Political Science
Instructor: Claire Grant
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Dr. Grant was extremely passionate about the subject and all topics discussed, for example, Marx's concept of alienation and his critiques. I studied social aspects of Economics that I would otherwise not have taken at my home institution.
Credit Transfer Issues: