Edinburgh Spring 2016 Past Review

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/04/2016 to 05/21/2016 with

IFSA: Edinburgh - University of Edinburgh

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Learned a lot about my own independence, how to navigate a city. Definitely worthwhile, but don't underestimate how difficult moving to a new country on your own can be!

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.

Work and learning was very independent, and I found that when assistance was needed, it was difficult to get from professors. IFSA program workers on the other hand were great in helping to transition academically

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Provided lots of information for getting around Edinburgh, Scotland, Europe and were excellent support academically

* 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?

Program was very helpful in finding healthcare (physicians etc) when students needed

* Safety:

Edinburgh's rated one of the safest cities in the UK

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

IFSA is incredible well organized, they take you on wonderful excursions, and are often available to assist you in whatever you need.


* 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? $70


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Excursions
* What could be improved?
  • integration into the university
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? There is a lot of pressure that can come from peers in regards to whether or not you are doing your abroad experience "right".