A good break from Wellesley January 14, 2019

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/08/2018 to 12/21/2018 with

University of Edinburgh: Edinburgh - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to cook for myself and live in a flat with other people. I also learned how to live in a city and how to make friends at a larger institution. Also, Edinburgh is a beautiful city and I really loved being able to see Arthur's Seat and the castle so often.

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.

The classes at the University of Edinburgh are large and you don't get much individual attention. However, they are well-taught and interesting.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Student housing is inexpensive and the buildings are in good condition.

* Food:

I really enjoyed being able to prepare my own food for a semester. I was also impressed with how cheap groceries were.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I met some British people but I had trouble finding social events I would enjoy and making friends.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I felt relatively safe in Edinburgh, but it's a good idea not to go out alone at night.

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

I enjoyed living in a flat and preparing my own food. Most of my classes were recorded, so I didn't have to worry very much about attendance. I was able to do the coursework at my own pace, which I appreciated.


* 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? $75


* 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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  • Local Students
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • Location
  • Food
  • Living Situation
* What could be improved?
  • Transportation
  • Social Events
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Most science courses are at a separate campus that is two miles south of the main campus. I had to travel there in the morning for my classes, and it was difficult because it was a long walk and the university shuttle bus can be quite crowded in the mornings.

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!