Studying abroad is a precious experience and a great opportunity January 27, 2019

By (ZHAW Applied Languages) - abroad from 09/17/2018 to 01/17/2019 with

University of Westminster: London - Direct Enroll Study Abroad & Internships

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Thanks to the internet, living abroad has become much easier than 20 years ago, on the other hand, it is less an adventure. It was definitely worthwhile. I loved being in London, exploring the city and the habits of its people!

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I only missed an overview of the facilities in my university building (computer rooms, printers, water fountains, canteen et cetera).

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I organised my own housing (not through university).

* Food:

Food at the canteen is okay, at a reasonable price, but the location in the lower ground is not very inviting. Coffeeshop on-site as well, but the range of snacks was rather poor. Unfortunately, coffee and tea was only served in paper cups, which I find bad in terms of taste and waste.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

as a one-term student, registering at a local GP turned out to be impossible, so I ended up at St Thomas Hospital's emergency department, where I was extremely well taken care of without any costs (wow, thank you, NHS!), but I felt bad using this 'channel' which should be reserved for emergencies and not misused for minor issues and a simple blood test, as mine was. But there wasn't any other way to do it :-(

* Safety:

I always felt very safe in London.

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

I love London, its diversity and the Study Abroad programme at the University of Westminster is amazing!

Finances

* 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)

Luckily, I am in a financially comfortable position.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? £900
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? - if you're on a tight budget, bring all your clothing and beauty products from home - if you have some money to spend, you get great student deals on almost everything, especially at restaurant chains and for well-known brands (except high-end cosmetics) > make use of the app UNIDAYS and ALWAYS ask for student discounts!

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

I am not sure if these questions are about the English language or my Spanish program... if English, then Advanced and 5*, if Spanish, then Intermediate and 4*

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Advanced
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? ?
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? If the last question is about English, then certainly 4-6 hours, if it is about Spanish, then about 1-3 hours. Advice: Live in a place with English-speaking fellows and try to avoid your native language.

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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  • International Students
  • Other
* 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?
  • diversity of modules
  • historical contents in the courses
  • central location of the university
* What could be improved?
  • information about facilities on campus
  • more grammar in language courses
  • longer breaks (shorter lessons)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? nothing comes to mind

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!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Jack the Ripper: Myth, Reality, Culture and Popular History

Course Department:
Instructor: Helen Glew
Instruction Language: English
Comments: I really enjoyed the holistic approach to the subject, in a way that I now feel like knowing a lot about late nineteenth century London: society, history, police work, socio-economic challenges, fashion, art and literature, living conditions et cetera.
Credit Transfer Issues:
Course Name/Rating:

Expressions of Spanish Culture 1

Course Department:
Instructor: several
Instruction Language: Spanish & English
Comments: Great mix of language work and contemporary Latin-American history. Unfortunately, I don't feel that I have made progress language-wise. I really enjoyed learning more about Latin-American history.
Credit Transfer Issues:
Course Name/Rating:

Writing London

Course Department:
Instructor: Monica Germana
Instruction Language: English
Comments:
Credit Transfer Issues: