Amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience that I absolutely loved!! June 16, 2022

By (Cognitive & Linguistic Sciences, Wellesley College) - abroad from 01/17/2022 to 05/26/2022 with

University of Edinburgh: Edinburgh - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Definitely worthwhile...gained new academic experience at a school entirely different from my home university (in a positive way), general life skills being more independent and living in a foreign country, and of course expanded my global worldview and international experience. I made memories that I will literally cherish for the rest of my life.

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 appreciated that it was not as academically intense as my home university. It was the right amount of challenge and rigor in terms of assignments and assessments.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Great communication and opportunities to meet other visiting students.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Had a nice clean and cozy single room with personal bathroom.

* Food:

Pretty good! Not particularly fancy but solid every time.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Very safe and comfortable, even at night!

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

Absolutely loved the University of Edinburgh as well as the city of Edinburgh itself...definitely a second home now.


* 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)

Definitely doable.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? ~$20?


* 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
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Level of academic rigor
  • Amazing location (Edinburgh)
  • Freedom and time to travel and explore
* What could be improved?
  • N/A
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Just some minor things about what to bring and such.

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.