Worth every single penny Past Review

By (Westfield State University) - abroad from 06/09/2018 to 07/07/2018 with

CISabroad (Center for International Studies): Semester in Scotland

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to travel light and how to plan a trip.

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

The CISabroad rep was always there when I had a question and even went out of her way to take us on day trips!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

If you like lamb meat, try Haggis!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I got a stomach bug while there and it was pretty difficult to just see a doctor so I just talked to a pharmacist to get medication. I was checked on by the program. I'm use to being able to do walk-ins at home, but in Scotland you need an appointment for the office on campus.

* Safety:

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

It was the perfect place to go abroad for the first time.


* 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? I would say standard 200 pounds each week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? When I first got to Stirling, I purchased a monthly bus pass for 30 pounds and it definitely saved money while over there. Also if you're not close to a grocery store, it's easier and sometimes cheaper to order online and have them delivered to you.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • Americans
  • 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?
  • The on-sight programmers
  • The friends I made
  • The location
* What could be improved?
  • N/A
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how to budget from day one

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.