Study Abroad - Eye Opening Experience Past Review

By (Music Management, University of the Pacific) - abroad from 01/30/2012 to 06/01/2012 with

University of Liverpool: Liverpool - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
From studying abroad I gained a stronger sense of independence as well as much greater confidence to get out and talk to new people. It was definitely a worthwhile experience and gave me many skills and new opinions I don't think I ever would have learned from staying inside the USA.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Living in on-campus housing was great! The only downside to Uni accommodation was that there was no communal areas to meet other students living in our buildings.

* Food:

This rating isn't really applicable - the housing was self-catered so I was cooking for myself.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The school didn't really help us integrate with local students! We only had social events with other international students and we lived with international students - it was very hard to find and make friends who weren't international students.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

It didn't really come up since I didn't have health issues.

* Safety:

I never once felt uncomfortable in Liverpool - it's a great student city!

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 would have been easier if I had a visa that allowed me to work during the time I was there. Seeing my money draining from my account and having no means to replenish it was the most frustrating part.

* Was housing included in your program cost? No
* Was food included in your program cost? No
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Learn where all of the discount food stores and sales are!


* 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

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Available accommodation
* What could be improved?
  • More ways to meet local students!!!
  • Increased communication
  • Timeliness of communications
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew that I didn't need to apply for a visa, being an American citizen entering into the UK - all I needed was to obtain a student visitor visa stamp at the border upon entrance. Instead I wasted a lot of time and money on the visa application process that was unnecessary as I was given a lot of misleading or incomplete information about visa requirements.