Amazing experience. A life-changing experience that made me grow as a person July 22, 2020

By (University of Miami) - abroad from 01/14/2019 to 04/19/2019 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to manage everything by myself without the help of anyone.

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.

The experience was great and the people at University of Westminster were all very nice.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

She was very helpful at all times.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Did not stay at housing from the university. I stayed off-campus and had a great experience as well.

* Food:

Food was great at all times.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Amazing. Everyone is very nice.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Thankfully, I did not have any health issues during my stay.

* Safety:

Overall very safe. Just had a few times were I felt a little bit uncomfortable while walking in neighborhoods I did not know.

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

Loved the university.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Almost all.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't spend on what you don't need.

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

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Fluent
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? The highest.
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? Don't be afraid to speak.

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

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • N/A
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Campus
  • The city
  • The people
* What could be improved?
  • Make the program a bit longer
  • A better introductory meeting.
  • Security
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That the process for changing courses is a bit hard since you will not know your classes until you get there.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'