Study Abroad in Aberdeen Past Review

By (English/Political Science, DePauw University) for

University of Aberdeen: Aberdeen - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it 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.

The workload was decent, but I was taking 300 level classes--I started out in a few 100 levels which were very work light and easily skippable. It was difficult in some cases to do the work because reading assignments (in some classes) were not clear nor clearly assigned. These large 100 level classes also had multiple teachers and tutorials so it was hard to get consistency--the teachers did not communicate with one another very well. On the other hand I had incredible professors in my 300 level classes and learned a ton. There were fewer class hours and about equivalent work

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program


* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I arranged housing through the university. This is positive because you live with lots of other students and get to know them instead of being isolated, but negative because most of these students are freshman.

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* 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? No


* 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? 80 dollars (not including trips)
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? dont forget you'll have to buy a lot when you get there.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

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

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
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Those who are independent (good at making new friends on their own, navigating a whole new university)

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:


Course Department:
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Decent course but difficult because we were reading Chaucer in Middle English. We got through a lot but the lectures were not always interesting.
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