An Unbelievable Dream at Aberdeen Past Review

By (Therapeutic Recreation and English Literature, University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse) for

University of Aberdeen: Aberdeen - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I absolutely love Scotland and Aberdeen! I really learned a lot about the differences between words and pronounciations with people from the United Kingdom and the United States. I was also able to learn about their values and what is expected of students, parents, and neighbors. I was also able to learn a lot about other cultures as well because I had many international friends. My greatest growth was spiritually. Although Scotland is very low on the list of Christian countries, I was able to find a church that was completely on fire for God. They taught me so much about myself and about what kind of community I'm looking for. I was mentored by amazing people and built very deep friendships that are still strong today.

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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.

Teaching methods are very similar except that Aberdeen has mandatory tutorials that are much more discussion based. Students from the United States are usually taught not to read presentations straight from a piece of a paper, but at Aberdeen many lecturers do just that and do not expect students to do anything more when presenting. The credit system is different at Aberdeen because students are expected to know what they want to study as they enter; therefore, they do not have general education courses as we have in the United States. It is common for a student to have anywhere between two to five courses a semester, for courses are many times 15 or 30 credits. The students are usually only allowed 60 credits a semester. I studied as an English Literature student and only had two courses that were 30 credits each. Homework was all reading and writing. I was expected to read an entire play and a novel or about 80 pages of material a week. I also turned in four papers besides the two final exam exemption papers that I had to complete as well.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The administration was great! They knew just about everything about both cultures and school systems. They were very helpful and willing to answer any and all questions.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I was hoping to be put into a flat with other students who were native Scots, but I was instead placed in a single with a communal shower, toilet room, and kitchen. I was able to still make very good friends with the other girls in my hall who shared my kitchen. The room was very spacious for a single and provided me with a sink, wardrobe, bed, and desk. There were no sheets or blankets provided, but I brought my own.

* Food:

Most of the food is very similar to what is provided in the States, but if you are grocery shopping, meat will be fresh and not frozen. The bread has less preservatives within it and is delicious but goes bad faster. Going out somewhere is always fun, but know that the food is more bland than most food in the States. Haggis, neeps, and tatties!!! The traditional Scottish meal is amazing and mouth watering! You have to try it!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I was able to get involved in a church straight away when I got over, and met my best friends through it. Many of them were Scottish and wanted me to get a real taste of everything Scottish. I met more Scots at the church than at the University because it is very internationally tied. I arranged all of my own travels, but had an amazing time and would never give it back!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I would say that the city is very safe as long as you are responsible and smart. There is a park that many students walk through to get to school or the city because it separates most of the dorm buildings from campus. It is always said to be very dangerous to walk through at night, and there have been rapes. There are many other ways to get back to the dorms besides the park though, and they are all very safe.

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)

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?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • I gave me a lot of freedom to do whatever interested me.
* What could be improved?
  • I was very lost when I first arrived.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The University of Aberdeen is AMAZING! I love it there and wish I was back with all of my friends. Be careful of the part croud; there are lots of clubs and a lot of freshman. If you really want to learn, continue your favorite clubs or pasttimes, and have fun, Aberdeen has it all!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:


Course Department: EL30XR
Instructor: David Duff
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This course was challenging! It was a third year course, and a lot was expected out of the students. The professors expected you to read material other than simply the required readings. You are also expected to really know authors and other works of theirs.
Credit Transfer Issues:
Course Name/Rating:

Encounters with Shakespeare

Course Department: EL2011
Instructor: Andrew Gordon
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Very fun if you like Shakespeare! Multiple lecturers gave lessons about random topics that they wanted to study. Great discussions within tutorials! They are hard graders though for papers, so take your time!
Credit Transfer Issues: The professors are sometimes reluctant to sign sheets needed for home institutions that say the student has completed the course before leaving if that student is leaving early and therefore has not fully completed the work because of semester time conflicts.