Goin' Scottish! Past Review

By (Political Science and Government., Brigham Young University) - abroad from 06/21/2013 to 08/03/2013 with

Study Abroad Programs in Scotland

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a love and a knowledge for Scottish and Irish culture, a love for the freedom of travel, an admiration for people of various backgrounds, and an understanding of the importance of my home in my life. I gained maturity and life experience, as well as a greater understanding of events throughout my life.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

This program involved a lot of fantastic reading and plenty of opportunity to provide thoughtful and creative feedback. It was never overwhelming, and the primary form of learning was always the ability to experience the places we visited.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

As a smaller study program, it was well administered by Professor and Mrs. Wickman. Resources were often limited, but as part of a small program, I never felt inhibited by this in any way.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* 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? 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)

I saved money for months before the program began. We were on our own for most meals, but money was refunded almost weekly from the program's excesses. Money was never a major issue, but I am glad I prepared financially!

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $110
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Carefully budget, save up AT LEAST 80 dollars per week, plus a $200 excess fund. Travel, food, cultural experiences...the cost adds up!


* 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?

Select all that apply

  • 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 sights!
  • The food
  • Conversations with locals
* What could be improved?
  • more freedom for students
  • more time in the country
  • more interaction with locals (in class, housing, etc.)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? People don't hate Americans as long as you are pleasant and polite.