Best Semester May 31, 2019

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/07/2019 to 05/25/2019 with

IFSA: Edinburgh - University of Edinburgh

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained the confidence to be around a lot of people I did not know.

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.

The system there was very different so it took some getting used to. In that way it was harder.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

IFSA was absolutely amazing, always checked in, always helped if needed and did not leave anyone hanging. Their orientation was incredibly helpful.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Scottish food is good, but not the best thing I have eaten.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I always felt safe.

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


* 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 groceries there are cheap even with the conversion rate not favoring the dollar. But where the money gets you is when you go out to eat or get drinks.

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't go out to eat as much, buy groceries. Save money for experiences/travelling/going out.


* 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?
  • The country
  • The school
  • The people
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That I would love it

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.