The scariest but greatest thing that I have done February 23, 2016

By (Special Education, University of Southern Indiana) - abroad from 08/26/2015 to 12/10/2015 with

University of Evansville: Grantham - Study abroad at Harlaxton College

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained more self-confidence traveling. My first plane ride was going to London. It made me more aware of the world and how it is. I saw both positive and negative things happen and that will always stick with me. It also taught me how much I appreciate home.

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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.

It was great to how the education differs from the United States. As a future educator it was a great insight. The course work was challenging but that is why I liked it so much. I was never bored in class and was learning something new everyday.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

England is a beautiful country and where Harlaxton is located is great. Two hours away from London!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I was able to have a host family while studying abroad. It was a great way to integrate into the British culture. I would suggest everyone apply for a host family!

* 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

Traveling the world has always been one of my dreams. Being able to make that dream possible was been amazing. There were some bumps in the road, but I would get on that plane to London again.

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? Probably around 40 pounds aweek
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Take your student ID everywhere. Usually get a discount or free admission into places. Also buy rail card for trains save you money on train tickets!

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? None

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
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?
  • Being able to travel on the weekends
  • Having long weekends
* What could be improved?
  • Food
  • Free laundry
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Do not think you have to pack everything

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.