Great Equine Study Abroad in Scotland June 13, 2018

By (University of Kentucky) - abroad from 05/20/2018 to 06/16/2018 with

Adelante: Edinburgh - Equine Summer Program in Scotland

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about the culture and history of Scotland during my stay abroad. It was definitely worth the trip. Not many times in life available to spend a month in another country. Such nice people that want to make the experience as great as possible.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

This program was informational without being strenuous or full of busy work. The perfect program for a study abroad experience!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

All of the staff were super friendly and helpful.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The housing was kept very clean. The rooms are fine for a month abroad, you don't spend that much time in them anyways. The beds could use new mattresses as the bed springs were quite hard, but nothing laying on an extra comforter or buying a cheap mattress topper didn't make acceptable.

* Food:

good variation in meals with potatoes every meal (typical for Scotland), super friendly staff

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Finances

* 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 program includes food and transportation to some events and tourist places without any additional costs. If you want to go out daily and eat out a lot, food and transportation can add up.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 200

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The castles
  • The races
  • The riding
* What could be improved?
  • The bed
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I think that some people do not realize that it is a completely different culture even in countries that speak English. The food is different, the housing is different, the culture and transportation are different, the people are different. If you come into it expecting American culture with the Scottish landscapes and things to do, you will not be able to enjoy it fully.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.