self exploration Past Review

By (Fine and Studio Arts., Cornell University) - abroad from 09/10/2011 to 06/27/2012 with

University of the Arts London - Integrated Study Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
i learned how to push myself and found out what my real interests are outside of class requirements.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: University of the Arts London: Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design
How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Art schools in the UK run on a tutorial-based system. Therefore there are no deadlines/specific assignments and things seemed to run at a much, much, slower pace.. However all fo the resources are available to students who wish to uphold a quick-pace learning environment.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

the university does not provide any sort of meal plan, but London does have a great deal of fresh, inexpensive food for students to buy and cook themselves

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

the NHS... slow, low quality, but free.

* Safety:

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)

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? No
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100 pounds
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? find cheap ways to travel (student oyster cards, etc)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • 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

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • living in a major international city
  • the library
  • social life
* What could be improved?
  • academics
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? the academics would be much easier and more emphasis would be put on my own motivation, without any sort of testing or feedback

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!