England was the best thing that could have happened to me Past Review

By (Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology., Valparaiso University) for

Valparaiso University: Cambridge - Valparaiso University Study Center

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Best experience ever. This review, however, is not. Far too long!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I loved all the professors and the subjects taught! They were great classes to have while abroad. I even chose the Cambridge program based upon the classes offered.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

This was the greatest experience I could have ever had and I was extremely satisfied with my time in England. I do not have any criticisms and will give rave reviews to all who ask about my time abroad!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

We lived in a university owned house and the other students became my family.

* Food:

Common meal on Wednesdays were a great time with the entire house. Other than that, making my own food wasn't the worst thing in the world and even fun at times.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The group trips were awesome and Tuesday excursions did a great job of making us find out more about Cambridge and the surrounding areas.

* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Not sure about weekly but overall I spent just under $5000. I spent smartly but did not leave cheaply.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? bring twice the money you think you'll need


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? If you love history, you will love the United Kingdom