Not Ideal Past Review

By (English & American Literatures, Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/06/2013 to 12/21/2013 with

Arcadia: Edinburgh - Scottish Universities International Summer School

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about myself, as I had a lot of time to reflect on various components of American life in comparison to components of UK life.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

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?

They were certainly amenable, but I didn't really enjoy living among freshmen from another country. It wasn't easy to fit in & I ended up spending a lot of time alone.

* Food:

Not bad, just not that great.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

In a way, I did, I felt like I figured out how to operate & sustain myself there. But I was still definitely a foreigner, and this was apparent a lot of the time.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Never had an issue.

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)

When I was very conscious of it, it was possible, but the city was very expensive.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? A good week was about 50 pounds.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Be conscious, keep a budget.


* 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
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
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?
  • The city
  • Access to Europe
  • Some of the people
* What could be improved?
  • Try to put Americans together
  • Dorm location wasn't great
  • The academic system there - but that's not Midd's fault
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It takes time to feel at home somewhere. You have to be careful of doubting yourself, too, because that's just a black hole in terms of thought.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

To help future students find programs attended by like-minded individuals, please choose the profile that most closely represents you.
The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Music in Social Contexts

Course Department: Music
Instructor: There were a variety of them
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Not great. They didn't require that you go to lectures, and there were only a couple papers for grades at the end. Very little incentive to actually give effort to the course.
Credit Transfer Issues: Haven't received a grade yet, so I haven't transferred credit.
Course Name/Rating:

The Novel & The Collapse of Humansim

Course Department: English Literature
Instructor: Simon Cooke
Instruction Language: English
Comments: It was challenging. It was engaging, too. It resembled a liberal arts seminar course, which I liked.
Credit Transfer Issues: Haven't received a grade yet, so I haven't transferred credit.