SEAS '19 Natalie Bahmandeji

SA: King's College London

Program Abroad:

  • Semester Abroad (SA): King's College London, England

Ask me about...

  • Recruiting while abroad

  • Living in an expensive city on a low budget

  • Finding off-campus housing

  • Getting credit for engineering coursework

  • Managing difficult coursework while abroad

  • Deeply exploring your host city/London.

My Experience Abroad:

As a Systems Engineering major at Penn, I got to take very hands-on coursework in C++, optimization algorithms, and biologically-inspired computing methods. Those courses introduced me to a new way of learning engineering principles in a classroom environment, where I got to focus more heavily on independent studying and longer-term projects. I also got to apply those courses and my Engineering Entrepreneurship minor by joining Google Campus London, which is Google's startup hub in the UK! Aside from my engineering studies, I'm a huge art history fan, so exploring London's free museums and exhibits exposed me to many of the works of art I learned about in my art history courses.

Other Highlights:

  • Learning computer programming in C++ from English professors.

  • Exploring pop-up shops in London, such as a cafe in a Gothic church.

  • Climbing Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • Picnics in London's Hyde Park and Regent's Park.

  • Traveling to Berlin, Germany with 6 new friends from King's College and UCL.

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