I Loved Leicester Past Review

By (Special Education, Illinois State University) for

University of Leicester: Leicester - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
This taught me how to manage money, become more independent, and gain respect for foreigners in the US. I just want to travel for the rest of my life!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I had 2 essays for each class that were assigned at the beginning of the term that determine my entire grade. The essays were usually around 2,000 words. The workload is not very much but the papers are a little difficult because they have a little bit different writing style and the papers usually require some research on a topic you don't know much about. The grading scale is very different 60 and above is an A 50 and above B....

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

THey were always helpful, but I didn't use the office much.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I got to live in a house with other international students and Americans. We lived in a student village that was a bus ride or 40 minute walk to campus. We had to buy sheets and blankets and pillows pretty much everything.

* Food:

3 different options every night 1 was Vegetarian options every night

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?


* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

very safe i had no problems

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? None...unless you want to eat out or buy new clothes
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Bring extra money to travel, during the 5 week easter break in the spring you will probably spend a few thousand depending on how much you travel. Book weekend trips as early as possible because they will be cheaper.


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

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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  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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

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A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • the 5 week spring break
* What could be improved?
  • preparation for coming abroad
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Get ready to backpack for 5 straight weeks, it's the best time of your life!