Experiencing Scotland: Traveling, Hiking, and Haggis Past Review

By (Trinity University) - abroad from 09/02/2017 to 12/23/2017 with

Arcadia: St. Andrews - University of St Andrews

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a greater sense of independence and faith in my abilities. It pushed me to make friends, get involved, and explore things I wouldn't normally try.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

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

I loved Scotland, and especially St. Andrews. It was really easy to get involved in the student community and I enjoyed the small-town element.


* 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? $60, but more if traveling. Meal plan at hall alleviated a lot of cost.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Only carry the amount of cash you want to spend when you go out! You will go through your wallet very quickly if it is easily accessible.


* 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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  • Local 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?
  • Scottish landscape
  • Available courses of study
  • Availability to join clubs and societies
* What could be improved?
  • n/a
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Sign up for a single room! Most people in the uk don't have roommates/ only have flatmates. It was a really uncomfortable living situation being on top of someone with no privacy for no reason. Sharing a room is a uniquely American thing.

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.'