Scotland: Beautiful Scenery and Fun People Past Review

By (Political Science, Trinity University) for

Arcadia: Stirling - University of Stirling

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I loved meeting lots of new people and learning about where they came from and how it impacted their world views. I loved traveling around Scotland and seeing the Highlands. It hasn't changed my academic interest and future plans.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Loved being in Scotland, but the Uni itself was not very confusing and classes were not challenging

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

HOST COUNTRY Program Administration were Americans in Scotland, knowledgeable about US higher education, but not on Scottish

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Didn't eat local food, only international and my cooking

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

3 day homestay in Stirling, gave us time to explore Edinburgh

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Healthcare system in Scotland was terrible- worst part of study abroad experience, medical professionals refuse to address issues- for myself and friends, my roommate had been throwing up 24hrs and was not lucid and they wouldn't take her to Emergency room, so we took her in a taxi and we waited 4 hrs in waiting room before they took her back; I was very sick 2 months while I was there because I couldn't get an antibiotics prescription for a sinus infection

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


* 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? 45 pounds/ week for food, 8 pounds/ week for transportation; depended on the week; would spend about 120 pounds for a weekend trip
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? we had metered electricity in the flat


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Hotel
  • Apartment
  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Independence
* What could be improved?
  • Better info in Orientation
  • Better vetting of homestay parents
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Stirling is one of the most beautiful places in Scotland, and I would highly recommend it; Arcadia was fine- had very little interaction with them after the initial homestay and orientation; would be a good program for someone who wants to do things more on their own