beautiful city and beautifyl landscape in scotland. Past Review

By (psychology, economics, 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?
Edinburgh is an beautiful city unlike any others. It's just enjoyable to live in the city and study there.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

they don't have any problem sets or midterms, only one final exam to evaluate you.

* 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? No

I would choose to go in the fall, because the winter in Edinburgh is way to long and it rains to much, which makes it feels even colder.


* 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)

about same level as in Brandeis

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? with student visitor visa, you cannot open a local bank account, so the best way is to withdraw the amount you want each month and spend it with plan.


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

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • organized trip for students
  • family visit
* What could be improved?
  • probably arrange a meeting in the middle of the semester
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? the weather...

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.