He managed to arrange a placement to study in London with The Institute for the International Education of Students (IES Abroad) who are a non-profit study abroad organization that administers study abroad programs for U.S. college-aged students. 

This turned out to be one of the best experiences of his life and here he shares his experience and the top things he loved most...


Why Study Abroad with IES:

The systems and programs in place are really there to help the students succeed and learn. The university that I studied at was incredible and extremely close to the location of the residence.

My favorite part of the program were the weekend trips to various cities around England. It was a great way to meet new students, while also exploring new areas.

Here are some of the benefits of going with IES:

  • Well educated and prepared staff
  • Fun programs and opportunities
  • Offers programs in over 125+ cities
  • Advisors are always there when you have questions or need help
  • Reasonably priced


Why I Recommend Studying Abroad

This experience of studying abroad has been the highlight of my life to date, if you do something similar you will get to:

  • Learn about different cultures
  • Meet people from different backgrounds, beliefs, history
  • Step out of your comfort zone and try something new
  • Can do many things you can/could never do at home country
  • Push yourself to learn new things


Reasons to Choose London as Your Study Destination:

I loved London, it is unlike anywhere else I have been and is totally different to cities in the US: London is great because:

  • It's a humongous city
  • You can never get bored
  • Transportation is so simple and easy to get anywhere
  • Culturally and ethnically diverse
  • Nightlife is everywhere
  • Soccer/football is truly something special to see
  • The food is superb
  • There is so much history, everywhere
  • Music is vital and will find it anywhere
  • Being outside


Things I Loved About London:

I could write a whole essay about this, here are some of the things I like most about the city:

  • Architecture
  • Diversity - people from all over world (literally)
  • Food
  • Ease of transportation
  • Sports
  • Nightlife
  • Quality and amount of beer options
  • It's not as expensive as you think (everywhere is not at least)
  • Exploring the city
  • Shows
  • Street performers


Tips For Studying in London:

First thing, just apply! Here are some other recommendations:

  • Dress for cold and rainy weather
  • Don't be deterred by bad weather and stay inside
  • Use the public transportation, its easy to go anywhere
  • Be prepared to walk most places
  • Travel around the city and England as much as you can
  • Try new beers that you don't have at home
  • Go to events/concerts/outdoor activities
  • Be careful of pickpockets, especially at street performances


5 Ways Studying Abroad Changed My Life:

I can't thank IES enough for helping me to arrange this incredible experience. It changed my life. Going with IES:

  • Helped me learn about other cultures/people
  • Challenged me to be the best version of myself
  • Showed me what my passions are: travel, luxury, sports
  • Discovered some of the best foods in the world I'd otherwise not known about
  • Encouraged me to travel at least once per year after this


Overall, if you get the chance to study in the UK go for it, you won't regret it!

By Dustin Weiss