More international than British. Past Review

By (The University of Texas at Austin) - abroad from 02/06/2012 to 06/09/2012 with

University of Sheffield: Sheffield - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned that engineering is the same no matter what country you are from, just the methods of testing your comprehension a little different. Totally worth while.

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.

Engineering course load was different than I was used to, no homework, final grade determined only by final exam. I had tutoring resources explained to me by the mechanical engineering department, but I never used them. My professors were approachable, and were willing and able to answer my academic questions in person or by email.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Besides orientation, there wasn't much else they had for us.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The dorms were really nice, but I lived only with international students. I would have preferred to live with English students to get to know them better.

* Food:

Its not what I was used to, but it wasn't terrible.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

It took a lot of work on your part to make friends with English students in your classes, or if you lived with them that made it easier.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I always felt safe on campus.

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)

I already had paid for dorm food, but I spent a lot on traveling.

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes


* 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?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • I liked being a real student at the University. I liked having classes with British students, and being taught by the University of Sheffield's professors.
* What could be improved?
  • Class registration, living arrangements, and firm schedule of when finals are.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? To bring my hiking boots.