Great study abroad experience in a beautiful country December 21, 2019

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/16/2019 to 12/20/2019 with

University of Edinburgh: Edinburgh - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot in my classes but I also learned how to live independently and take care of myself in a foreign country. During my time abroad, I got to travel around Scotland and to other European countries. From my travels, I have found that Scotland, and Edinburgh in particular, has such a distinct culture and vibe from cities in continental Europe. I'm very glad that I decided to study here and I would love to come back (maybe during the warmer months) to see more of the country.

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.

As a Geosciences major, the main reason why I chose to study abroad at the University of Edinburgh was to take advantage of the strong programs at the School of Geosciences within the College of Science and Engineering. Edinburgh is the birthplace of modern geology, and many famous geologists such as James Hutton and Charles Lyell have connections to the university. I learned a lot in the two geosciences courses that I took and I really enjoyed interacting with so many other geology majors in my classes.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My student accommodations in College Wynd were in an optimal location close to the city center and to the university, but I lived on a noisy street and it was hard to sleep during the weekends.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Edinburgh is a very international city so there were people from all over the world, but I did get the chance to experience and see Scottish culture during my time abroad.

* 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 learned a lot in my courses at the university and I really enjoyed visiting the Scottish Highlands and other European countries during my semester. This was the first semester that I've had a healthy work-life balance and I really enjoyed it.

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? 80

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?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Academics
  • Work-life balance
  • Travelling
* What could be improved?
  • Hard getting used to large class sizes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Scotland is really far North, so it gets dark at 3:30 pm in December. Take advantage of the daylight in the earlier months of the year.

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!