not perfect but worth it February 04, 2022

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/05/2021 to 12/11/2021 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
A lot of independence. I think that it was worthwhile

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.

First course ("paper") was 2000-2500 word essays (8 pages) a week plus exam at the end, with reading. Second paper was a 6000-10000 word dissertation. Supervisions were amazing but at times can feel like more filling word counts than depth of material

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very kind and eager to help — never actually relied on them so can't say how effective they actually were though

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The room sizes range quite a bit and the location was a bit inconvenient but the house was fine. Only wish the heaters actually turned on when we needed them too

* Food:

Servery food was.. usually fine, quite small portions sometimes though. Otherwise just buying groceries or eating out

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Not really, although maybe it was the nature of the student orgs I joined or the effort I put in

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Easily accessibly rapid covid tests

* Safety:

No incidents, walked back from college (15min walk) alone at night several times with no issue

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

In the sense that if I hadn't gone to this program before, yes I would do it again. If I had the chance to go BACK, I would probably choose to go somewhere else.


* 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 was definitely pretty conscious of cost throughout the semester and the cost of living just seems higher than I was used to, especially with org fees, travel, unique experiences

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $135
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy staples (seasonings, frozen food, etc) at the beginning so you don't wait until you absolutely need them and only use a tiny bit. Be aware that orgs don't cover all costs and there may be membership fees, etc


* 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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  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Campus
  • Academics
  • Trying new things
* What could be improved?
  • Integration with local students
  • Financial aid resources
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Don't get too caught up in doing work — work when you say you will and leave time to try new things