Studying Abroad was the best decision I ever made. Past Review

By (Illinois State University) - abroad from 01/25/2012 to 05/18/2012 with

University of Leicester: Leicester - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned so much about myself and what I am capable of. It was the most worthwhile experience I have ever had. I would recommend EVERYONE to study abroad.

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.

There was no homework or busy work. Simply one or two tests at the end of the semester that counted for your ENTIRE grade. Less work altogether but more stress in those later weeks because of the importance of those few papers.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were always very helpful.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Terrible dorm food!!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

We hung out with alot of British people.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I didn't really have any health issues.

* Safety:

The area on campus was secure and safe.

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)

It all depends on what you choose to do. Going out obviously costs more money. It's all about budgeting.

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try and save money for weekend trips and breaks. Because going out is fun, but the trips are what you will remember!


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

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
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?
  • The 5 week spring break!
* What could be improved?
  • The dorm food...
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had known more about what to pack/bring.