London, an amazing city to visit. July 22, 2020

By (Ryerson University - Outbound) - abroad from 01/13/2020 to 05/08/2020 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about adapting to new situations- both positive and negative.

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 school had many resources as well as informative guest lecturers - so long as you applied yourself, there was a great standard of learning offered to students.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Profs were very helpful and accommodating.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

N/A - I did not live on campus

* Food:

N/A - I did not live on campus

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

As an exchange student, I wasn't necessarily introduced well to extracurricular options.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

N/A

* Safety:

London is a big city much like Toronto. One should take steps to stay alert when in public, but it never felt dangerous.

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

I loved London. It was so nice to be in Europe as I was able to affordably visit other cities and countries as well. Definitely worth it!

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)

London is expensive, but so is Toronto. I had a lot of help from my parents to support my trip. If you do not have the same support, I would recommend saving up a lot before going.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? probably between $100-$150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Definitely save on groceries, but splurge on outings. Make the most of your time abroad!

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

N/A

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? None
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? N/A
How many hours per day did you use the language? 0
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? N/A

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

  • International Students
* 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?
  • The flexibility of the classes
  • The kind profs
  • Being in London
* What could be improved?
  • Better schedule flexibility
  • Better intro days
  • Food provided for intro days
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That classes go again after Easter break

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.