Get ready, set, don't stop, go! January 05, 2017

By (Trinity University) - abroad from 09/07/2016 to 12/22/2016 with

IFSA: Edinburgh - University of Edinburgh

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot more about myself, as expected, what makes you tick, what you need vs what you want. What makes you happy, what drives you crazy. All in all I would do it all over again in a split second, wish I was there now.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Outstanding!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very helpful with all your questions or concerns.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Some flats are seem far away when researching, but they really aren't once you're there.

* Food:

Great food! Lots of soups and stews, and lots of ethnic diversity, vegetarians and vegan's heaven as every restaurant has vegetarian options and if no vegan option, they can typically make one for you.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Felt closer to lots of the international students studying there because that's mainly who I lived with, however in class is when you got closer to locals.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Felt very safe due to it being a large country with loads of people out walking about. Always trust your gut and go with people or take a taxi if you don't feel safe!

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

IFSA-Butler was extremely helpful and friendly. Very professional, and new answers to the questions you had well before we did.

Finances

* 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)

The U.K. is just far more expensive than the States. I ate out a lot as well, so its easy to rack up a bill.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100-200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Limit your drinks and food out.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

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

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The people
  • The city
  • The food
* What could be improved?
  • Wouldn't change anything
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Don't buy the bedding pack, go to Primark when the program advisors tell you to and just buy sheets and pillows there, far better.

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.