Studying Abroad is a very eye-opening and fun experience. Past Review

By (English Language and Literature, University of Hawaii - Manoa) - abroad from 01/09/2016 to 03/31/2016 with

University of Roehampton: London - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was worthwhile. I learned a bit about England's culture, Amsterdam's culture and France's culture. I had fun hanging out with friends and participating in a social atmosphere. My fellow students were supportive and helpful.

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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.

Instructors were kind and knowledgable. They presented goals for me to achieve and worked me toward achieving them.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The administration was helpful, but the layout was difficult to navigate as I had to walk to the individual departments to add or drop courses. All my questions were answered as I asked.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Dorm room was spacious and comfortable. It was clean. There were some nonfunctioning appliances (Radiator, and Bed Light), but they were repaired in a timely manner. The showers however, were very dubious, the ceilings were rotting away, and one looked like it would collapse by visit's end. The wifi is also spotty as was the Ethernet connection. I could use the internet most of the time though. The Kitchen, while nice, did not have enough space. 5 cupboards on top for 6 students meant I ended up having to share one, and while the bottom cupboards numbered as 6, my material had to be stored under the sink, which leaked. The fridge was also problematic as it had 5 shelves, and a sixth smaller drawer which made storing food difficult.

* Food:

I appreciated most of the food, and having various coffee stores on campus. The Union bar was good, but the food served their was mediocre.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Got along well enough with my roommates and colleagues. I had fun in the city, but the University is isolated from most major populations so I didn't really do all that much.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Had no real issues with health

* Safety:

Campus feels very safe, no incidents.

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

I had fun in the program, it was informative and I got to see the city. I went to Amsterdam and France and had an amazing time. In London I got to see plays, hang out with some great people and I even got to see Stonehenge, it was freezing, but I loved it. London was fun, there were so many sites to see, foods to eat, and things to learn.


* 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)

I had a lot of money saved up, so I was fine for the most part.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 60 pounds
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? ASDA is good for cheap food and other stuff if you want to cook. The University pots will break and you will have to get more.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

Sometimes. I honestly took classes that didn't need it.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner

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

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  • 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 Chance to explore the city and do activities with Somewhere New
  • The network of support the uni offers.
  • Easy to understand classes.
* What could be improved?
  • Living conditions need improvement, I've been informed that the Dorms will be renovated.
  • State that the English schools emphasize courses taken in one's area of study
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I was informed of how Roehampton worked as a school and how it was different from my home university. I was in a frantic dash to rearrange and change my courses after I found out I was denied a number of them, and having to go through the different hoops to find adequate replacements was harder than it had to be.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Introduction to Classical Mythology - HSA020C139S

Course Department: Liberal Arts
Instructor: Anastasia Bakogianni
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Class was interesting. The subject matter was explained well, and field trips were scheduled and regularly attended. I was assessed through a group presentation and through an essay. I enjoyed what was taught. The teacher was knowledgable and helpful.
Credit Transfer Issues: No issues
Course Name/Rating:

Writing for Children - CRW020X349S

Course Department: English
Instructor: Ariel Kahn
Instruction Language: English
Comments: I had a lot of fun in this class, the teacher was very passionate, and all the information on what constitutes children's literature was very interesting. I learned how an adult author creates an image of a child, which actual children project onto. The course has 2 main assignments, a powerpoint done on a book we read, and writing a short children's story. Both were fun and the teacher is very attentive and helps us when we ask.
Credit Transfer Issues: No issues.