A wonderful semester in Scotland! January 07, 2019

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/08/2018 to 12/22/2018 with

University of Edinburgh: Edinburgh - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to live independently for a long period of time. I also got out of my comfort zone! It was definitely worthwhile and I look forward to going back!

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.

Some classes I took were more rigorous than others. Although my professors were accessible via office hours, there were fewer resources at Edinburgh compared to Wellesley (i.e. no supplemental instruction or tutors).

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The visiting student office responded quickly when I had questions about changing courses.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I absolutely loved my housing. I lived in New Arthur Place, which is in close proximity (<10 minute walk) to the main campus, grocery stores, and restaurants/pubs. The dorm and its neighborhood are quiet compared to other dorms, which I really appreciated.

* Food:

I mostly cooked for myself, but there are plenty of places around if you want to eat out.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

By joining the University's folk music society, I got to meet more local students and learn more about Scottish 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

I enjoyed the freedom direct enrollment gave me to pursue my own activities and interests.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Cook for yourself and buy plane tickets in advance if interested in travelling. Also I regret not getting a 16-25 Railcard, which gets you 1/3 off all UK train travel!

Language

* 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? Direct Enrollment

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Edinburgh
  • Folk Music Society (EU Folk Soc)
  • Travelling throughout the UK
* What could be improved?
  • Academic resources/support
  • Orientation
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I took some different classes.