I Found a New Home in a Foreign Country Past Review

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 09/10/2018 to 12/21/2018 with

IFSA: Scotland - Parliamentary Internship with the University of Edinburgh

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained valuable internship experience, a lot of knowledge about myself, amazing friends and I completely fell in love with Scotland.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

University was very late in issuing visa information, so everyone in the program had to pay an extra fee for a rush visa.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Not amazing facilities, but functioning and right in the middle of everything.

* Food:

cooked for myself

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Registering with a GP through the NHS is really easy, but I did it on my own.

* Safety:

Never felt unsafe

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)


* 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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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
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 culture
  • The friends
  • The internship
* What could be improved?
  • Less orientation work
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Even if its scary, you'll be okay when you get there.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!