Wonderful Time in Scotland June 13, 2018

By (Colorado State University) - 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 more about my riding and in the classes I took. I also really enjoyed learning about Scotland's culture and people.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Both courses were interesting but neither was particularly challenging.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The warden of the dorms was not especially helpful but all the rest of the staff were extremely lovely.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I was happy that the rooms were singles and I was very pleasantly surprised to find that our rooms were cleaned and beds made daily.

* Food:

Good for dorm food, only wish was for more variety. Potentially more options for vegetables, rather than chips/fries.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

N/A

* Safety:

I was always cautious, especially with my belongings. However, I never felt unsafe.

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

I would change a few minor things. But overall I really enjoyed this study abroad experience.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Maximum £100 per week, usually less

Language

* 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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  • 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?
  • Riding
  • Planned Outings
  • Free Days to Explore
* What could be improved?
  • Food Variety
  • Rigor of Riding Lessons
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I loved the opportunities to ride, but I wish I had known that it would not be very rigorous. I also wish that they would have been able to send a more updated schedule before we left for Scotland, so that better plans for free weekends or days could have been made.

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.