Studying in Edinburgh: Couldn't be Easier! Past Review

By (Brandeis 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?
Very worthwhile! I became very independent

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I took some hard classes, so mine was a little more intense and indicative of a third year in the university of edinburgh, but you can also take it easy with first year courses and do minimal work

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Did not interact with them much, but the resources available were great!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Lived with other University students (not Americans) in a very functional flat. Would recommend over dorm style living

* Food:

I cooked and groceries were cheap

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Very!! I took classes with all local students and joined clubs!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I didn't have any

* Safety:

City couldn't be safer

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

IFSA-Butler was great!!! They made the transition in and out of the University seamless, and had a bunch of support systems in place if you needed.


* 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)

City is very livable and cheap if you shop smart

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Shop and Lidl! And cook!


* 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?

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • People I met
  • Ultimate Frisbee Club
  • Highlands trip
* What could be improved?
  • More planned trips!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Making friends is easy!

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.