life changing, self reflecting, and unforgettable opportunity June 15, 2017

By (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley / UTRGV) - abroad from 05/12/2017 to 06/01/2017 with

UTRGV: Minimester in London, UK with Bruce Reed

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
it was definitely worthwhile. Like with any situation where people have to be together for a long period of time, there are challenging times. During this time I had the opportunity to practice my skills and got to see my self from a different perspective in a different setting.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Introduction to great resources, impactful testimonies, and informative presentations took place.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

One great thing about both hotels we stayed in was that they were in central locations that made attractions assessable. However, one was hosted a whole lot more people and was not as intimate and comfortable as the other.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Since English is the language of the UK, integrating was not a challenge.

* 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? No

I love the U.K. and would definitely do it again, however, I would also like to be introduced to new places and I wouldn't change anything about my experience.

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)

Budgeting can be challenging, however, it is possible. I was able to limit myself to necessities and was able to stay with my budget.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 140
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? limit on soveniers and try finding a grocery store to save on food

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
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?
  • Presenters
  • Country
  • Topic
* What could be improved?
  • preparation
  • housing arrangements
  • team building
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I would have gotten to know my roommate better before and the rest of the group

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.