Best year of my life August 22, 2019

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/10/2018 to 05/24/2019 with

University of Edinburgh: Edinburgh - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I loved living in Scotland, it was absolutely worthwhile to spend a full year abroad

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I really enjoyed all of my classes, and found many of them to be much harder than courses at Middlebury.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I never really used/needed to use the UoE resources

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in an off-campus flat

* Food:

I cooked my own food, so I can't comment on the UoE food

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I signed up for a local GP, and got free care through the National Health Service. Win!

* Safety:

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

Edinburgh is a dream city


* 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 a relatively affordable city

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? around 80 pounds
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? pack a lunch!


* 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?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Other
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local 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?
  • the city
* What could be improved?
  • the Middlebury study abroad fee
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? even a year is short!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.

Individual Course Reviews

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Architectural History 2B: Culture & The City

Course Department: Architectural History
Instructor: Elizabeth Petcu
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Fantastic course, great lectures for the most part
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Greats: Plato to the Englightenment

Course Department: Philosophy
Instructor: Andrew Mason
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Lectures were quite dull
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Course Department: Language Sciences and Linguistics
Instructor: Christopher Cummins
Instruction Language: English
Comments: I found it very challenging
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Shakespeare's Comedies

Course Department: English Literature
Instructor: Sarah Carpenter
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Great course
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Early Modern Tragedy

Course Department: English Literature
Instructor: James Loxley
Instruction Language: English
Comments: James Loxley is a god.
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Mystery & Horror

Course Department: English Literature
Instructor: Penny Fielding
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This course was a great genre fiction class -- especially because most of the material drew from Scottish writers
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