Immersed in England Past Review

By (Finance And Economics, Bentley University) - abroad from 09/14/2012 to 12/14/2012 with

University of Manchester: Manchester - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Perspective on where America stands in the world and how big the world truly is.

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.

There are an incredible amount of resources available from the library to help after class. The amount of work due during the course of the semester is negligible compared to Bentley as all the grades come from papers and tests due at the end of the year.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Dorms are usually singles within an 8 person apartment, usually mixed gender. Depending on where you end up your dorms could be small and cramped or pretty spacious.

* Food:

It's england ...I mean come on its England. I decided to go self-catered and the food situation didn't end up being too bad, just depends on how much you like to cook.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

DEfinitely a key part to my decision was the fact that you could immerse yourself within british students with no language barrier at all. I reccomend anyone trying to see what another culture is truly like to consider here . I forgot I was an American exchange student at times

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I fractured my thumb while abroad and I was taken care of by the local hospital on the day I went in without any appointment and didn't even need to show them proof of identity or anything. Nice system to have.

* Safety:

Never saw a problem, such a big student city that they have security everywhere if there was a problem.

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)

Exchange rate is terrible.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't go to the pubs every day.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

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? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • English girls
  • Class availability
  • English girls
* What could be improved?
  • Student trips available to only bentley students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Plan your traveling as early as possible if you're interested, costs skyrocket the farther into the semester you get.

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.