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University of the Arts London - Integrated Study Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I would continue studying there if I had the money.

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

strengths are it's easy to stay on task due to interesting coursework, weakness is starting things on time.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Our neighborhood was a little bit questionable, but only a tiny bit. I know it was way better than what they've had in the past. There were just a few incidents that were a little unnerving, but those things could have happened anywhere in a big city.

* Food:

Make your own food, it saves a ton of money and if you look there are very cheap but healthy things in the grocery.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

We met a designer and he gave us a ton of free stuff, and spent the day with us, let us see his factory, bought us pizza, took us to a second hand distribution center and bought us stuff.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Just be careful. One of the first days there the group saw a girl get mugged in the middle of the day while we were on a tour. Keep your belongings close to you and be aware.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I was very very minimal on food budget, I spent 20-30 pounds every two weeks at the grocery store and ate out very seldom. Shopping at street markets for vegetables is a huge money saver and you get a ton of food. Church Street Market was very cheap.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Keep a budget. I kept a spreadsheet in my computer on excel to keep track of what I spent each week and had the computer convert the pounds sterling spent to dollars so I could keep track. Also check your bank account every other day. I didn't have a credit card and I am glad I didn't.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Direct Enrollment

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Don't be afraid to divert from the plan. Get Lost.