Dysfunctionally Functional: The GSA Charm. Past Review

By (studio art, Skidmore College) for

IFSA: Glasgow - Glasgow School of Art

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I loved it. I couldn't get enough. For me, it was mostly about the people I met. Of course, the course was fine and I learned that I really do want to go into design (so yes, it impacted my future plans), but I think what I took away from the experience was the friendships.

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.

product design....the school wasn't as organized as you'd think an old, famous school would be, but it was dysfunctionally functional.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

did not interact with them very much...

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

it was strange living in dorms (a junior living with freshmen)...but helpful, as I made friends that way.

* Food:

I made my own.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Various free trips to places in Scotland...I did not attend the Skye trip with the program, as I did not enjoy the company of the people enrolled. The others were quite nice (lunch, dinner, homestay).

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Glasgow is totally safe, just don't pick fights with the drunk Scots!

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)

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? contact a current student and talk to them about the academic structure of the department. I would recommend a student who is very motivated to do their work!