A Rainy Wonderful Time January 09, 2020

By (Middlebury 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 more about living as an independent person, especially living in a small city; there was an emphasis on exploration and discovery that I often had to do while on my own. While there were ups and downs, the experience was definitely worth while.

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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?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* 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


* 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? $60
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? First, if you're there for a semester, get housing that includes food cause it'll be cheaper than accommodation at Midd. Food isn't great, though, but it's better than nothing.


* 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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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* 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?
  • City
  • Ease to explore the rest of Europe
  • Communities on Campus
* What could be improved?
  • Weather
  • Dinning Hall
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That it gets dark at 3:30 pm in November and that it rains a lot

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

Course Name/Rating:

Introduction to Gaelic Language and Culture

Course Department: Languages
Instruction Language: English and Gaelic
Comments: This is not an easy course. It's poorly organized, and you have to do a tone of independent work because you only spend three days a week learning the language. There are very high expectations.
Credit Transfer Issues: No issues didn't need it for credit
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Late Modern Philosophy

Course Department: Philosophy
Instruction Language: English
Comments: A fantastic class for philosophy majors. Read Neitzche, Kikirgard, and Hediger, all of whom you don't get exposed too at Midd. just two papers. Mostly lecture but also some smaller discussions, but those were poorly attended.
Credit Transfer Issues: I doubt there will be issues
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Medieval Worlds: A Journey through the Middle Ages

Course Department:
Instruction Language: English
Comments: First-year level course with not a ton of work. It is a nice oprotunity to get a hisotry requirement for Midd while also exploring the history of Scottland and the Medieval period as a whole.
Credit Transfer Issues: