Great experience Past Review

By (The University of Texas at Austin) - abroad from 02/08/2016 to 06/02/2016 with

University of Sheffield: Sheffield - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was definitely worthwhile, I have had more personal gains than anything else and that alone would have made it worth it even if everything else didn't go as good as it had!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The only interaction I had with administration was during registration. They were all helpful.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

I like to cook and eat healthy, the quality of food here is much better for the price than it is in America. However, there are things I miss (like hot sauce). I didn't eat out at all so I can't comment on that.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I live with 5 British housemates and never felt excluded from the culture. I've been to places with cultures much different than my own so British culture didn't provide much of a cultural shock.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I never had any health issues but the university has onsite health services for students.

* Safety:

I never felt unsafe walking around, even in the evenings.

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

I would because I have had such a great experience with the people I ended up with. Had my housemates or friends been different I'm not sure if I would want to do it again, only because I would have like more cultural differences.


* 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)

Due to the exchange rate not being in favor of the dollar everything was more expensive. However, I was able to find ways to eat and live affordably. Rent was cheaper for me here than in Austin.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Rent, food, utilities: ~$180
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Eat simply and prep everything yourself and you can save so much money. I would go to The Moor Market to get cheap fruit, vegetables, and eggs.


* 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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  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • My housemates
  • Being able to travel
  • Easter holiday
* What could be improved?
  • The weather
  • Recycling in the UNI
  • Water fountains - some are being added now yay!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? There's not really anything I didn't know before that I knew now

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.