An Independent and Creative Experience Past Review

By (Fine Arts, Studio Arts, The University of Texas at Austin) - abroad from 01/06/2016 to 06/17/2016 with

Arcadia: Glasgow - Glasgow School of Art

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I have a new perspective of the US and my educational experience at home. It was definitely worthwhile.

Review Photos

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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.

This course was largely independent and was challenging in that regard, but instructors and their expectations were not very intense.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Arcadia administration were helpful and made themselves available for assistance.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Margaret MacDonald house structural has a lot of issues. There was regular maintenance issues, some of which have not been corrected in the 5 months I have been here. As far as the social experience, it was an incredible time.

* Food:

No food is provided as part of accommodation, but the food options throughout Glasgow are plentiful and largely inexpensive.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Locals were welcoming and the city has a lot to offer in regard to cultural opportunities.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

A physician was made available for students, but I never needed to visit them.

* Safety:

Glasgow feels very safe overall.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

The freedom this course offers was incredibly liberating and provided me a lot of time for personal reflection and growth.


* 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)

Food and other resources are relatively inexpensive.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $50-100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Groceries are pretty inexpensive in comparison to the States. I recommend cooking a lot of your own meals.


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

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Independence
  • Cultural Opportunities
* What could be improved?
  • Instructors' involvement
  • Higher expectations
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Nothing particular.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!