Fine Past Review

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/14/2020 to 12/18/2020 with

Arcadia: Edinburgh - University of Edinburgh

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I don't regret going, but it wasn't a transformative or important experience in my life.

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.

I did not love all of my classes, and felt that the grading system poorly translated over. Some classes were more similar than the US, others were different and offered no support in class.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Great location, but the place was a bit of a dump. Horrible carpet.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

No health care related interaction

* Safety:

Very safe place

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

No, but i don't know if i would choose any other program.


* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? cook for yourself.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

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

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
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 city
* What could be improved?
  • Orientation length is too long
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wanted to go somewhere without many students from my school, but it can be nice to know people where you go.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Business Economics

Course Department: Business
Instructor: Voltes-Dorta
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Challenging but incredibly rewarding. I loved the real world exam questions and he gave extensive help in office hours. An enjoyable class
Credit Transfer Issues: I'm not sure yet - i dont think so
Course Name/Rating:

Scottish Studies

Course Department: Scottish Studies
Instructor: Gary West
Instruction Language:
Comments: This class was a little vague and jumped around. Some interesting points about Scotlands culture and history that were good to know, but an unenjoyable class. There were only 2 essays and the assigned readings helped with neither.
Credit Transfer Issues: no.
Course Name/Rating:

Contemporary Issues in Health and Wellbeing

Course Department:
Instructor: O'Connor
Instruction Language:
Comments: This class covered a lot of different topics and many were interesting. But it was vague and there was only 1 paper for the whole semester. No participation besides biweekly discussion sessions (which weren't helpful).
Credit Transfer Issues: no