Great experience in a new culture 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 loved getting to experience another culture. The "study" was not as intense or worthwhile as I expected, but the experience as a whole 100% was. It was a great opportunity to see another part of the world while being part of a great program.

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.

The courses were fun and the professors were great, but they were not particularly challenging

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The dorms were exactly as I expected, nothing special, but it was nice to be in single rooms even if the walls were quite thin.

* Food:

Pretty small portions so get lots of snacks when they take you to the store

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

There were some Scottish students on campus and the trips off campus helped with feeling integrated on the weekends.

* 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

It is the only program that I found for this length of time and/or that involved horses this heavily.

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)

Depending on how much you want to do it is possible to spend very little money each week as meals and housing are provided

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? about $100 on average or less
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save the money for the experiences don't spend too much on nights out unless that's something you really want to do.

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?
  • The people
  • The equine involvement
  • The area
* What could be improved?
  • make it a little longer
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I understood that the level of academic challenge would be low and that we would not jump much with the horses. This was just a surprise that I wish I would have known, not something that would have stopped me from doing this program.

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.