The best part of your university degree! Past Review

By (Exchange Student) - abroad from 09/07/2015 to 05/12/2016 with

University of Dundee: Dundee - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was so worthwhile. You learn about other cultures, your own independence and as cliche as it sounds haha; about yourself like never before. You really gain perspectives of other cultures and your own cultural identity when abroad too, unlike what you ever could while at home.

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.

Taught well, Professors and university really care about students passing and education. Heaps of resources on offer. Great facilities!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived at the Hub - student accommodation and just literally across from the uni - i was closer to some buildings than my friends on campus and it didn't affect friendships or anything at all - was basically just as close as they were, and I got to live with locals which was a plus!

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* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I integrated pretty well, I lived with Scots and met scottish friends at campus. Of course a lot of my friends were naturally exchange students (everyone is in the same situation/wanting to travel etc) - But the locals really made me feel at home and were very welcoming!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

It was easily accessible, a doctors clinic is close and the healthcare system is actually free! I didn't need any vaccines for the program.

* Safety:

Super safe! Around the campus especially it literally doesn't matter what time you're coming home - because it's like the students have practically almost taken over that part of the city haha which makes it super safe, and most importantly, in my experience, there was ALWAYS someone walking around no matter what time it was.

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

Finances

* 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! Dundee is one of the cheapest parts in the city, used to spend about 15 pound for a week and a half's worth of shopping!

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Averagely, maybe about 45 pounds.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save as much before you can go so you can do as many things while you're abroad! Also figure out the trips that you really want to do and budget for that - you don't want to run out of money with months on your trip to go haha.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Meeting new friends from around the world, making memories with them
  • Getting a whole new entire perspective of your degree
  • Getting to travel and immerse yourself in new experiences/cultures.
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing I can think of, i didn't have any problems, the city and uni is super great for internationals.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I don't think anything can truly really prepare yourself, you've just got go for it! Maybe about how difficult it can be when you're first trying to settle once you get back from the trip. On a side note though, I wish I had of brought things from my home to give to friends I met on study abroad.

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!