An enriching semester in Edinburgh. January 18, 2022

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/27/2021 to 12/22/2021 with

University of Edinburgh: Edinburgh - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I found my study abroad experience extremely worthwhile. As a Political Science major, I enjoyed exploring politics from a different perspective, as well as the opportunity to talk to locals about both American and Scottish politics. Personally, I found that my study abroad experience provided me with much more confidence living on my own and traveling alone. I now feel more confident in my ability to navigate new places and adjust to new cultures.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Courses were engaging and interesting, although the amount of work required day to day was not overwhelming.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

It was sometimes difficult to get questions answered in a reasonable time before classes began, but during the semester I had no problems.

* 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?

It was difficult to register with a GP since I was only in the country for a short period of time.

* Safety:

I felt very safe both on campus and in the city, even at night.

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

I really enjoyed my experience at the University of Edinburgh. The classes were engaging and interesting, but the distribution of work gave me plenty of time to explore the city and the UK. I met lots of interesting and friendly people and enjoyed the opportunity to live in a 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $50


* 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 in Edinburgh
  • Ability to travel in the UK
  • Integration into university
* What could be improved?
  • Communication prior to arrival
  • Outreach to exchange students
  • Meal plan
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew that mostly first year students live in the dorm style housing, and that the meal plan does not include lunch.

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.