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FIE

Overall FIE is a very decent program. The location is fantastic and the flats they house you in are very nice. If you choose to participate in the internship program like I did, which I highly recommend, they do a fantastic job of placing you in the field you indicate interest in. That being said I wasn't overly impressed with the professors. All of the professors are part time so office hours are limited and most of them are the type of people that are hugely knowledgable in their field but have never had any teaching training so they have some difficulty effectively communicating their knowledge to a classroom.

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Good experience and good program overall but has its downsides

Overall FIE was a good program and a good experience but it had its downsides. You only have classes with other American students who are also in the program but the teachers are all from the UK and they take you on field trips lots of the time to get you outside the classroom. Otherwise, the only time you really interact and get a taste of the people is during the internship or if you venture out yourself.
You are living with only American students. In most cases, in the same room or on the same floor as those from your home university. The size of everything is smaller in London and the pictures online of the housing were very deceiving. The location of the dorms was amazing but the bedroom, bathrooms and kitchens were very snug.
FIE does offer lots of weekend trips and outings during the week either at really good prices or free which is nice and all the staff is friendly and for the most part, pretty helpful.