Scotland is great, just not for the academics. Past Review

By (English Writing, Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/10/2012 to 12/17/2012 with

Academic Studies Abroad: Study Abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was definitely worthwhile, though the academics were disappointing.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Don't behave like a drunk, rowdy American and you'll be fine.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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)

The expenses will seriously sneak up on you.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't go to clubs/bars often. They're ludicrously expensive.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Scottish beer
* What could be improved?
  • Being allowed access to more 3rd year seminars
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Scotland is expensive as hell.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Western Fictions

Course Department: English
Instructor: Ken Milliard
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This is a great course, and particularly interesting to study American texts from the perspective of a foreign professor.
Credit Transfer Issues: Not that I know of.