ASA is a wonderful program. Living in London had always been a dream of mine and I got to live in central London, which was amazing. One of my favorite parts was how close I was to some of the best shopping in the world. I was only two tube stops away from Oxford Street which is filled with hundreds of stores and a great place to shop. I definitely recommend ASA to anyone wanting to study abroad! They are very helpful and take the time to help you out.
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I had such an amazing, life changing experience during my semester abroad with ASA in Buenos Aires. The site director, Gabriela was so helpful and supportive throughout the entire program. While abroad one of my peers had lost her passport and Gabriela was kind enough to take her to the US Embassy in Buenos Aires and help her retrieve a new one. Gabriela was also very crucial when it came time for all of us to apply for our student visas. Some programs studying at the University of Belgrano did not provide key information to students on how to properly attain a visa. I was so grateful to our site director for helping us every step of the way. Even on our excursions she was more than helpful. What made ASA such a great experience was knowing that my site director truly cared about us. She took the time to get to know all of us on an individual level and treated us not as a "job", but rather as a family.
ASA was an awesome experience and I had an amazing time in Sevilla with the program. Even 3 years later when I needed help locating my transcripts, ASA was still more than helpful and got me just what I needed. A smaller more personalized program is what you will get with ASA and I highly encourage considering it!
ASA was an excellent program to study abroad with. The staff is extremely friendly, accessible, and helpful, and having somebody to go to during my first weekend in London for on-site orientation was very helpful. The program makes all of the paperwork associated with study abroad much more straightforward, and the package deal approach meant that I had much less organizing to do. I thoroughly enjoyed everything about my semester abroad in London at Regents College thanks to the support of Academic Studies Abroad. I also got to do a lot of outside traveling on my own time. The only setback was the school itself. I highly recommend London for a semester abroad because there is such a diverse culture and so many things to see, but the academics at Regents College are not up to American standards, even if they are labeled "Regents American College London." While the campus, facilities, faculty and staff at Regents are nice, their curriculum is nowhere near challenging enough, and some of the tutors were extremely poor teachers. The school lacks unity, and in spite of its incredible diversity, I was unable to make many international friends-I had very few classes with students from anywhere but America. What's more, I found many of the international students to be unapproachable. If I was considering a semester abroad in London, I would definitely go with ASA, but perhaps consider their London Southbank University Program instead, although I don't know much about that school.
I will forever be grateful to ASA for the study abroad experience they provided for me. Any qualms I had about living in a foreign country were eased by their informative pre-departure packet and friendly staff, who were always a mere phone call or e-mail away to answer any questions I had. Being part of a smaller program allowed me to instantly bond with others from ASA right away, which made the transition that much easier. Also, ASA is great about introducing you to your new home and helping you learn the ropes. I would recommend ASA to anyone wanting to study abroad.
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