Already looking at grad school options in the UK. Past Review

By (Geography and Cartography., California State University - Stanislaus) - abroad from 09/16/2012 to 06/22/2013 with

USAC England: Brighton - Undergraduate Courses

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The list is to long to fit in something like this. The most important aspect of what I learnt was a entirely different perspective and way of life. It was worth ten times what it cost, and even then it would have been a cheap. The education in the classroom will pale in comparison to what you will learn from your interactions with a different culture, that is not to say the course work is diminished in any way, you will learn what you came to study, but the other things you learn will change you.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* 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)

I didn't want to eat cheap or live cheaply, other students in my flat were living on about half what I was spending a week.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 350
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Plan ahead, don't go over with just the bare minimum. You will find things you want to do that cost money and if your living on a shoe string you may not be able to do them.


* 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
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local 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?
  • Local culture
  • Food
* What could be improved?
  • N/a
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? There would be a social cost to leaving home for 10 months, no flyers, no one that had done it before told me anything about it. It wasn't unexpected but the cost was more then I anticipated.

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!