Semester Abroad Past Review

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 01/14/2018 to 06/22/2018 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The program was worthwhile. I learned a lot, but I had to do so independently. I am grateful for the experience as the educational system operates differently from Wellesley's. It was an awesome opportunity to also travel through Europe.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

We had to pay out-of-pocket for food; there was no set meal plan. I was paying a proportion of what I would if I continued at Wellesley, but I did not have any meal plan as I would at Wellesley.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Was difficult to integrate with full-time Cambridge students

* 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? 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Budgeted $100-200 per week.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save up! I saved up as much as I could while I worked part-time during the semester at my home institution.


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

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  • Local Students
  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Independence
* What could be improved?
  • Money on food
  • Resources to integrate better with the community
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? You end up doing a lot of your work independently. You definitely are in complete control of how your abroad experience is, so make the most out of it.

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.