Edinburgh is Amazing!!! November 07, 2017

By (Scripps College) - abroad from 01/09/2017 to 06/01/2017 with

IFSA: Edinburgh - University of Edinburgh

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
This experience was incredible! I learned how to live and manage my life while exploring and pursuing academics. It pushed me outside my comfort zone as well as encouraged me to be adventurous and take on new tasks.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The IFSA-Butler staff were always holding office hours where students could get their questions answered whether it was academic or social. IFSA-Butler had a lot of social and cultural events that allowed us to engage in Scottish culture as well as explore the country.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The housing was amazing! I lived in Darroch Court and had an amazing room, in a great location and great flatmates.

* Food:

I was not on a meal plan so I cooked my own food which worked out so well! Tesco and Sainsbury are cheap local markets and the kitchens were very easy to use in my flat!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Since I went abroad second semester, I did not meet as many Scottish or international students. My main friend group consisted of IFSA-Butler students; however, I really enjoyed the friends and time that I had. I did meet a lot of people from Scotland throughout my semester.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The system in the UK is so efficient! I suffered a major burn while abroad and was very quick to be helped with all medical care.

* Safety:

Edinburgh is an incredibly safe city! I felt 100% safe walking around at night.

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

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Have a monthly budget and a travel budget! Keep them seperate.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

0 - They speak English! They did teach us some of the interesting words that Scots use.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? None

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • 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?
  • I really enjoyed the plan trips around the highlands.
  • The staff were incredibly helpful and always on hand when needed.
* What could be improved?
  • I wish that were a few more cultural events throughout the semester.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had known that the fall semester would have been more conducive to meeting local students.

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.