Enjoyable, but academically not rewarding February 07, 2020

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/09/2019 to 12/19/2019 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to work independently. Relatively worthwhile

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.

* 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? No

St Andrews is very similar to my home institution, I wish I'd done something more unique. I also found the academic culture very different, and feel that in many ways it's not worth it unless you have enough time there to grow accustomed to it.


* 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? ~$150


* 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?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* 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?
  • social aspects
* What could be improved?
  • support regarding academics
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That you can take first and second year courses even as a junior studying abroad

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Mind, Body, and Soul: Literature in the Enlightenment

Course Department: English
Instructor: Dr Tom Jones
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Professor was fantastic, course itself was very dry. The final grade was solely made up of a paper and final exam.
Credit Transfer Issues:
Course Name/Rating:

Atomic Cultures

Course Department: English
Instructor: Dr James Purdon
Instruction Language: English
Comments: interesting course material, nice and helpful professor. Grade was only two papers and a final exam
Credit Transfer Issues: