Best decision I've ever made, just do it. Past Review

By (Wildlife Ecology, University of Maine - Orono) - abroad from 09/05/2016 to 12/16/2016 with

University of Aberdeen: Aberdeen - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
There are a lot of different ways to live life on this earth and lot of places/people to see and meet. Be comfortable with yourself and be genuine and people will naturally gravtate to you. Very worthwhile

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Study was rigorous, but not overwhelming, I learned a great deal and enjoyed the more relaxed and natural pace of the Scottish education system

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very welcoming and eager to provide aid or suport whenever needed

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Housing was satisifactory but expensivem I would recommend looking for private accomodation

* Food:

Food was often plain, however much higher quality than we recieve in america with less preservatives and chemicals

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

the Scottish culture is extremely warm and welcoming

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

didn't have any issues

* Safety:

Fairly dangerous city considering it's location in Britain. Nearby park was site of several sexual assaults and robberies. Avoid Seaton Park after sundown

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

The scottish culture is very open and friendly, the hiking and scenery is incredible, and theres easy access to travel if you wish


* 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)

Easily, food is very cheap and public transport is much better than found in America. However Aberdeen itself is an expensive city to live in.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? less than 100$
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? take advantage of the college night at the pub, much cheaper than going out on a regular night and usually more fun!


* 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?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International 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 poeple and culture
  • The hiking and scenory
  • The different academic prospective
* What could be improved?
  • if yearlong exchanges were offered
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Take advenatage of every adventure and opportunity you come across over there to travel and experience things

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.