An opportunity to explore the country and yourself. Past Review

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/05/2017 to 12/22/2017 with

Arcadia: Edinburgh - University of Edinburgh

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a sense of independence. Having to learn how to interact and get along in a foreign country was incredibly helpful to my self-confidence.

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:

Dorm was self-catered. Nice kitchen.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Did not get as much integration with Scottish students as I would have liked.

* 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

Overall, I loved the experience. I was able to travel both locally and to other countries in Europe.


* 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)

the pound is much more expensive than the dollar, and banking was challenging there - so everything was a bit more expensive.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? about $100.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Travelling
  • Easy access to local transport
  • Living on my own
* What could be improved?
  • Lecture materials
  • Local engagement
  • trip opportunities
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? You have to search for experiences, especially when trying to integrate into the local culture / meet local people. The classes are so large that you really need to meet people outside of that.

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:

Scottish Literature 1A

Course Department: English
Instructor: Various
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Class lectures were not engaging, and they often repeated themselves through various lectures which made it very boring.
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Conceptualising Scotland

Course Department:
Instructor: Various
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Was very interesting to learn about what is 'national' culture and what is a true representation of the nation.
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Scottish Art in the Age of Change

Course Department: History of Art
Instructor: Andrew Patrizio
Instruction Language: English
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