Abroad at St Andrews Past Review

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/01/2017 to 12/10/2017 with

University of St. Andrews: St. Andrews - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Really loved taking classes at another university and meeting local students. It was great to travel on weekends with friends and explore. Definitely worthwhile!

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.

Great professors! I took honours-level courses, which are more seminar-style, so you really get to know professors and classmates. Really supportive and friendly people.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Pretty straightforward enrollment/course selection

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

You rank housing options and then take what they offer you. I was happy to have a single with my own bathroom, and got to know everyone on my hall really well. Definitely trade-offs between price, room style, and location, but you get a say in what you get.

* Food:

N/A, I was self-catered so I bought/cooked my own food, and didn't take any meals at halls

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Meeting people in halls and at the student union was really easy and I really recommend joining an "academic family" at the beginning of fall, so you meet upperclassmen and freshmen! Definitely a highlight of my experience abroad

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

N/A, I didn't have any health issues

* Safety:

St Andrews is an incredibly safe place and I didn't have any issues

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 self catered so I spent a good amount of money on food, maybe $50/week. Using pounds instead of dollars can be tricky, but there are a lot of student deals so I didn't have any problems there

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If you want to take any trips on the weekends or breaks, plan them as far in advance as you can, and always check for student discounts.


* 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
* 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?
  • Making new friends
  • Traveling and exploring
* What could be improved?
  • orientation/getting situated when you first arrive
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I would have tried to get an idea of what classes I wanted to take earlier so I had more of a plan in that regard

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.