An Amazing Time in England Past Review

By (International Relations and Global Studies, The University of Texas at Austin) - abroad from 09/22/2014 to 12/19/2014 with

University of Sheffield: Sheffield - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The experience was definitely worthwhile! I learned how capable I am at traveling alone, and how to do it. I learned about other cultures, and I gained some friends whom I hope to stay in touch with.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

It was difficult in the fact that they require you to do a lot more work on your own time, especially in the History department. I only had to do a couple of papers per class, and the only part of them that was due was the final draft. There were no quizzes or tests to keep you studying.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The only thing I didn't like was how far they were from the university, but I knew that when I chose to stay there.

* Food:

Not a whole lot of variety like in the US, but that is part of the experience!`

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I felt extremely safe in Sheffield, even walking around at night.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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)

The pound is higher than the dollar, so living on a US student budget while in the UK could be difficult at times.

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Even you're even thinking about studying abroad, start saving.


* 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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  • 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Traveling
  • The host city
  • Meeting other people from other countries
* What could be improved?
  • n/a
  • n/a
  • n/a
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Nothing. The whole point of this experience is to learn things that you didn't know before.

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.