Study Abroad in Glasgow, Scotland: Changed my life and made friends for life! Past Review

By (Sociology., Shenandoah University) for

IFSA: Glasgow - University of Glasgow

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I had a wonderful time, and made the best friends who I am planning to go spend a couple weeks now 2 years later. I loved Scotland, the people were so friendly. In Europe it was so easy to travel cheaply. I also took very interesting classes, film and literature that focused on scottish and british culture. I wish I could have stayed there.

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.

The workload was different, there were no textbooks, just lectures. The finals were all essays for every class. I would suggest going during the Fall semester because courses are all part 1 & 2, so I felt like I was missing some information from the first semester course.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

At first, I was not happy with my living situation because I did not live near the other American students I went with. But I ended up with a fantastic roommate and all of my closest friends shared the kitchen with us.

* Food:

I cooked for myself in the kitchen.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

IFSA took us on multiple trips across Scotland, and they were wonderful programs.

* 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? 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?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? This is a great program, they really know what they are doing and they offer multiple trips per semester. I loved Scotland so much I ended up staying the summer there. And now, 2 years later I am planning to go visit my friends this summer as well. It truly changed my life.


Reviewed by Jean Hayes, SU Study Abroad Coordinator

deleted-1543242593Shenandoah_Advisor June 22, 2011