Challenging at first, but extremely fun overall February 21, 2020

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/15/2019 to 05/15/2020 with

Arcadia: Edinburgh - University of Edinburgh

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
How to travel without planning, how to interact with vastly different cultures without knowing the language, how to stomach British food

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.

Really enjoyed the city and school. They could've had more events for abroad students, but other than was an amazing experience

* 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

Finances

* 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? $140
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Have a set going out budget, pregame, buy food in bulk

Language

* 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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  • International 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?
  • Meeting local students
  • RyanAir flights all over
* What could be improved?
  • More study abroad events
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? You don't have to go out every night, there is no reason to do that

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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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:

Modern East Asian History

Course Department: History
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Instruction Language: English
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British Economic History

Course Department: Economics
Instructor: Martin Chick
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Accountancy 1B

Course Department: Accounting
Instructor:
Instruction Language: English
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