cheers mate x January 16, 2019

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/10/2018 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 be independent! It was my first time living not in a dorm, but an actual apartment, and cooking for myself! Very 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?

I loved where I lived but for someone who came from a residential college campus, I wish I'd lived closer to the actual campus in Edinburgh!

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

It was great! I got a concussion and was able to be seen the next morning for free, shout out national health care system!!

* Safety:

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

I had such a great time. The school was very manageable, the city is wonderful, and the people I met were great!

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)

Edinburgh is an expensive city. Most of my money was spent on food and groceries. One way to avoid spending extra money would be to live close to campus because I was spending $40 a month on a bus pass because I lived far(ish) away. Also be careful of the exchange rate!

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 75 pounds/100 dollars
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? live close to campus!

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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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • 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?
  • Living with full time students!
  • Manageable classes!
  • Scotland!!!
* What could be improved?
  • Transportation stipend from Wellesley!!!!!
  • Housing closer to campus
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How much fun I was going to have so I wouldn't have been anxious before it!