Leicester: Not Quite London Past Review

By (English, Illinois State University) for

University of Leicester: Leicester - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?

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.

The workload was very manageable. There was an average of 2 large papers per module that were due at a very decent time gap between the two. The grading system was different because they start at lower numbers than we do.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The host country was amazing and very helpful.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

there were a few times when the food could not be eaten becasue it was pork, but there are always vegetarian options.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The Queen came to begin her Diamond Jubilee tour.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

The city of Leicester is very safe. Not once was I afraid to go out or anything.

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


* 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? $3000
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Food for when the dining hall is closed.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

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

Select all that apply

  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The people in the country were amazing.
* What could be improved?
  • Tell students to bring money that has already been exchanged into local currency.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Always bring money from home with you in case of emergency and try to have some money from the country you are going to with you since you will begin using it right away. Go in with an open mind.