It was the best time of my life August 12, 2019

By (Oklahoma State University - Stillwater) - abroad from 01/23/2019 to 05/10/2019 with

Robert Gordon University: Aberdeen - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was absolutely worthwhile. I learned so much about traveling, different cultures and my major.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

My academic experience was amazing. I was able to take classes and learn about subjects I would have never had the opportunity to explore. One of my professors was especially amazing. He took the time to talk with us after class about our coursework, travels, and our experience in general. He also met with us at the very end to hear about our time there.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were helpful and in contact with us all throughout the process and helped us drop one of our classes that did not transfer.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived at Woolman Hill in the city centre which was great since we were right by everything we needed and the bus.

* Food:

There was no meal plan, they did have two options on campus, however, we typically ate out or at home.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I did not experience issues while abroad

* Safety:

I never felt unsafe. We could be out anytime of day or night and I knew I was okay. I also was never worried about my purse being taken or anything being stolen

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

Everything about my experience was amazing. I had great classes and still had time to travel too. It w

Finances

* 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)

If I wanted to I could have very easily limited my expenses. The prices were similar to prices in America, however, the exchange rate made it a tick more expensive than usual.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $30
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Travel on off days in order to save money on plane tickets and hostels.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Exchange

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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

Select all that apply

  • Local 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 classes offered
  • The ease of travel
  • The price was cheaper than school here since I had more scholarships
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? One area I did not realize that impact me was that getting a job for when I came back was hard since I came back later and getting in contact with people was hard.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Sustainable and Ethical Tourism

Course Department: Hospitality - Events
Instructor: Craig Leith
Instruction Language: English
Comments: The professor was amazing. You could tell he was so passionate about what he was teaching and had experience in his field. He was always thoroughly prepared for each class and was willing to discuss the information after class as well. He pulled local and also examples. I feel as though I was more involved since he made it an interactive class. We did not have homework, but we did have readings we would do before class and then a research paper as our coursework for the class that was due at the end. He was always available to meet to discuss the coursework and came in on his day off to have a session for me on how to format the paper.
Credit Transfer Issues: No, it transferred as a professional elective