How to live out of a backpack for an extended period of time January 13, 2020

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 09/04/2019 to 12/21/2019 with

IFSA: Edinburgh - University of Edinburgh

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
learned how to deal with people, deal with unique experiences and difficult situations.

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Intense academic rigor, good number of resources.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Program administration was fine. I felt a little suffocated by the need to constantly fill out forms and be in contact with administrators. Limited my immersion experience.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Housing was fine.

* 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


* 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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • country
  • people in country
  • independence
* What could be improved?
  • more organized trips
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? more about weather and food