A Mixed Bag October 05, 2018

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/25/2017 to 06/22/2018 with

University of Nottingham: Nottingham - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained an appreciation for the UK in a way that I never thought I would gain. I definitely intend to move to the UK in the future now and it's solely because of the bonds and memories I made while there

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

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?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I loved my time in Nottingham and that was mostly influenced by the social scene. It was the complete opposite of Middlebury and it provided a much-needed change. That being said, the administration at UoN needs a lot of work. Being a large school means that it's easy for students to fall through the cracks and the administration really facilitates this by being really impersonal.

Finances

* 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? $150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Study abroad for a year and then get a part time job

Language

* 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? Exchange

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local 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?
  • The social scene
  • The travel opportunities
  • The people
* What could be improved?
  • The academics
  • The UoN administration
  • The housing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wished I knew how difficult it would be to get things done on the administrative side of UoN

Reasons For Studying Abroad

To help future students find programs attended by like-minded individuals, please choose the profile that most closely represents you.
The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'

Individual Course Reviews

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Intro to Marketing

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The Body in Action

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Social Psychology

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Heroes and Villains of the Middle Ages

Course Department: History
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Applied Neuroimaging

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