Wonderful city, great experience, different system/ university Past Review

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?
While abroad, I learned about everything from living in a new country to facts about the country's history, culture, and politics. The experience was definitely worth it!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

While I really enjoyed the content of the courses that I took abroad, the instruction and resources provided were disappointing. Although the classes were not particularly hard, the fact that I was expected to learn most of the material independently made the classes a bit more difficult. (Particularly applicable to Computer Science courses)

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My accommodation in Pollock Halls was very nice. It was a 20-30 minute walk to classes, but the community among the students in the Pollock houses was well worth it!

* Food:

The food at the JMCC dining hall was alright. They had a variety of options for each meal (including vegetarian options).

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

There were numerous ways to immerse yourself in Scottish culture on campus and in the city. Generally, visiting students stuck together though.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The healthcare system in Scotland was easy, accessible, and affordable.

* Safety:

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


* 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)

I was eating in the dining hall, but there were also a lot of cheap (and good) food options and shops in the area.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? £30 (not including the trips I took throughout Europe)


* 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?

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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?
  • The city
  • The students and people
  • The culture
* What could be improved?
  • Support for visiting students
  • The academics and resources
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Make friends with current students. They can provide a lot of insider information about how to navigate the academic system, what to see and do, where to get cheap food, etc. The university also provides a lot of resources online about the academics and how to prepare for your semester/ year abroad.

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!