My world changed and there was no going back from here on. July 13, 2017

By (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley / UTRGV) - abroad from 05/19/2017 to 05/30/2017 with

UTRGV: Minimester in London, UK with Marianita Escamilla/Christine Spinetta

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Everything was worthwhile. I learned how to be more confident in unexpected situations and

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.

Taking the class while abroad made value the skills I was learning more and apply them during excursions or while exploring the city on my own.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Very satisfied, my room surpassed my expectations.

* Food:

The food at the hotel was a little repetitive, but nothing to make a scandal out of.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt really out of my comfort zone, but it helped me become more independent knowing I was in a different country where I'm

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

London was a really safe place to move around, there were lots of tourists from different countries during my days abroad.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

I would rather explore other countries or continents.


* 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 survived in London with around $50 a day where my total budget for the trip was

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $300
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Start saving since the beginning of the school year if you are definitely thinking about studying abroad


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Other
* 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?
  • The architecture
  • Time to explore on our own
  • The limited amount of coursework
* What could be improved?
  • Variety in the excursions
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The different free activities there is to do at London

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.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Intro to Communication

Course Department: Communication
Instructor: Christine Spinetta
Instruction Language: English
Comments: The class was not challenging at all because Dr. Spinetta was really knowledgeable about her materials and encouraged us to apply the skills taught in lecture during our time exploring the city.
Credit Transfer Issues: I did not have any issues with the course credit