Multiculturalisation Past Review

By (Erasmus Student Exchange) - abroad from 09/03/2015 to 05/24/2016 with

University of Dundee: Dundee - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot from different experiences I had to go through on my own, such as medical and legal issues. I also improved my English and my cultural awareness also increased after meeting people of so many different places around the world. It was definitely 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?

The landlord of the first house I stayed in was a nice person but there were too many rules and I wasn't allowed to even bring people to the house; it felt like I was a guest rather than a tenant and I never felt like at home. Also, there were some missunderstandings between the landlord and me regarding the law that regulates tenancies, therefore I recomment people to check that. The second house I stayed in was completely different and the landlady was responsive and lovely.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

A rush suddenly appeared all over my skin and I had to attend to the local healthcare system, a small medical centre. It was quite frustrating initially because it wasn't clear what it was and the nurse was sure that it was chicken pox; even though the results were negative for that. Furthermore, I got another test for chicken pox and they ended up not carrying out the test because the labs didn't find it apropriate to make the same test twice. Finally after insisting I was attended by a doctor that couldn't either tell what I had after a biopsy.

* 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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Advanced
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? C1
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Get mixed with people of different origins from yourself.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Living abroad and alone
  • Meeting people from other countries
  • Practising English
* What could be improved?
  • More propaganda about all the services that the university offers: legal advice, careers advice, and so on
  • More organisation within some modules in the university, regarding the timetables that change in the last minute as well as the continous changes of classrooms where lectures take place
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Check the distance from your accommodation to your university or college as well as the path; since the first house I stayed in was 25 minutes walking from my university and I had to climb everyday to go back home. It is a good idea to use Google Maps to check whether there's a climb and what kind of streets you will have to walk through.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!