A life changing experience of Scottish culture from urban and rural influences. Past Review

By (Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, University of Maine - Orono) - abroad from 01/09/2017 to 05/19/2017 with

University of Aberdeen: Aberdeen - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a much stronger sense of self-efficacy and a new confidence in my travel skills and as myself as an individual. I gained a love and a better understanding of Scottish culture as it was and as it is now. I was inspired greatly by my experiences in the cities and in the gorgeous land. It was absolutely worthwhile.

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

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

I bought and cooked my own 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

Direct exchange at University of Aberdeen was a wonderful experience which did a good job in providing the necessary resources to make it feasible to mesh into the student and local culture.


* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? usually less than 100 pounds on an average week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy groceries and cook for yourself more often! Still treat yourself going out to eat and experiencing local food of your location but just limit it to once or twice a week. Be careful with how much you can spend at bars as well


* 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

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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 city
  • Becoming so close with my international friends
  • The University itself
* What could be improved?
  • The accommodation... specifically the size and quality
  • The orientation
  • There could've been more events put on by the University for the students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew that you really have to make a big effort on your part to meet the local students.

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.