Edinburgh Dreaming Past Review

By (Art History, Criticism and Conservation, Trinity University) - abroad from 06/08/2017 to 08/04/2017 with

Arcadia: Edinburgh - Museum Studies Internship Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained great experience doing research and leading tours in a historic home. I also enjoyed more independence, such as doing my own groceries and planning my own trips around Scotland.

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

Overall it was very well run however the administrators are accustomed to 3-6 people for this museum studies program--this summer we were 16, so they struggled to find good internships for all of us.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My flat at New Arthur Place was in an excellent location--peaceful but also close to the Royal Mile. The only complaint is the mold-infested showerrooms that gave us all a bad runny nose the whole time.

* Food:

Overall we self-catered, but when Arcadia provided meals at the start and finish of the programs, they were excellent meals.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt like a tourist at first, but then felt very integrated with Edinburgh when I had my routine at Tesco and learned my way around the city. At my internship in Hopetoun House I felt much more integrated because I made friends with the people who worked there.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

John Bennett (in the Arcadia Center) was tremendously helpful when I asked him for advice on my toothache. He gave me the number of the NHS 24 hour service, and I got an appointment the same day.

* Safety:

We had no safety issues.

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

This program fit my interests perfectly: history, castles, travel, folk music, working in a country estate. I made some great friends and took home memories of the best city on earth!


* 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)

I spent the most money in the first week and a half. Then I settled into a good budget, about $20 a day.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Roughly $140
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Plan a budget in advance. But also don't panic if you spend a lot in the first week--you're just settling in and learning what you need.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Working at Hopetoun House
  • Class Excursions & solo travel
  • Living in Edinburgh
* What could be improved?
  • Communication between Arcadia & the students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had known when the Edinburgh International Festival was starting so I could have booked a few extra days to enjoy that before leaving town.

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!