The trip of a lifetime Past Review

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/05/2016 to 12/22/2016 with

Arcadia: Edinburgh - University of Edinburgh

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The most amazing experience I have ever had. I learned a lot about foreign countries and learned a lot about being on my own.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* 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


* 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)

Some food places expensive.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Depends on the week.. between 50 and 200 pounds.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try not to eat a lot of restaurants


* 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
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International 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?
  • Trips
* What could be improved?
  • Better communication
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how amazing it would be to explore the city on my own a lot more.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Introduction to Gaelic Language and Culture

Course Department: Gaelic/ Language
Instructor: Wilson McLeod
Instruction Language: Gaelic/ English
Comments: The course was very challenging. It met 5 times a week with 3 classes on language and 2 classes on the culture. It was similar to American education with multiple exams and a paper.
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History of Edinburgh

Course Department: History
Instructor: Anna Groundwater
Instruction Language: English
Comments: The course was new and kind of all over the place. We had a different professor every class period. It was very amazing to learn about the city though and use that while walking around.
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Economics of Crime

Course Department: Economics
Instructor: Michael Watts
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Very challenging some days. Large lecture hall. No daily homework, but if you didn't keep up with the readings then it was hard to do well on the final. The assessments were just an exam and a paper.
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