Fall 2022 at St Andrews January 23, 2023

By (Physics, Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/03/2022 to 12/21/2022 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned to advocated for myself and put myself out there more. I cooked, bettered my time management, furthered my independence, took more risks, and learned more about my personality and how my educational journey would have been different in a UK system. I had a great time and made friends who I will miss dearly and hope to see again one day.

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.

STEM courses are a little more rigorous than Wellesley (because of the way their academic paths are structured) and Humanities are of about the same rigor if not easier. Classes meet 2-4 times per week. Grades depend on few assignments. Lecturers are mostly accommodating and are willing to meet to help you with material/essays. Extensions are granted sparingly. CEED can help with minor academic problems and are helpful when arranging a study schedule.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They postponed the first event and so abroad students didn't get to meet until much later (too late) in the semester. It would have been nice to have a welcome dinner/cocktail hour to meet each other as I didn't meet many other abroad students throughout my time there. Course advising could have been better. It seemed impersonal. I was disappointed as I was not made aware of a co-requisite until too late.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Very good! I stayed in Gannochy House and was pleased to be place on a floor with all women. (Felt right at home!) Bathrooms were very clean and cleaning staff worked hard to keep building clean at all times. I liked my single room with sink included and the bed was comfortable.

* Food:

I was self-catered. (Cooked in the dorm kitchens) Tesco and Sainsbury's were close by, for cheaper groceries ALDI was a 25-30 min walk, fine for a weekly shop. Induction cooktops and ovens worked well. I got most of my cooking supplies in the first week from the (re-use) transition sale for free. (Highly recommend if you don't mind used items)

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Very well! I put myself out there at every opportunity. I enjoyed going to Forgan's Ceilidhs and the various balls. I joined artistic and religious societies as well as sports clubs and had an easy time making friends both international and local. Town is full of charming pubs, cafes, bookstores--you will find a go-to spot during your time there. Concerts/nightlife in Dundee was possible through bus travel. Direct bus travel (2 hours) to Edinburgh on the X59 route allowed for day trips to explore museums, Christmas markets, castle tours, and extensive shopping.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I had no experience with healthcare while there but heard that ambulances were affected due to strikes, so be careful.

* Safety:

It was a very safe area. I would just use general caution. The traffic will not stop for pedestrians.

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

I think that going to a smaller town allows for deeper cultural immersion compared to a large uni Edinburgh. I met a lot of locals as well as Americans and other exchange students. The academics are very good and people very friendly and welcoming. The balls were fun and the community was just big enough. There was always something to do.


* 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)

Depends on if you constantly eat out, got to pubs, and balls. You have to pay for the gym, sports clubs, and society (clubs) memberships. (sometimes quite a bit)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Groceries were about 30 pounds a week for me. Occasional coffee, pastry, pint, didn't rack up too much.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Fruit and veg are cheap and the walk to ALDI is worth it. Take advantage of club/student discounts. Try to get Young Scot card for free bus travel. There is a IKEA in Edinburgh for sheets/towels/etc. Cost of living crisis allowed for cheaper meals at uni cafes. (Take advantage of the meal deals there!)


* 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
  • 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?
  • Traditions
  • Ceilidhs
  • The many clubs and activities
* What could be improved?
  • Advising
  • Academic Support
  • Events for Exchange Students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I was added to facebook groups sooner, knew to reach out directly to the professor/department (instead of advising), and to go on Lady Brae's walk.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Networker
An active student leader, it was important for you to network abroad as well. Once overseas, you sought out student clubs, volunteered with local organizations, or attended community events. You encouraged your friends join you, and often considered how you could reflect your international experiences in a resume.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

PH3061 Quantum Mechanics 1

Course Department: Physics
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This was a challenging course! Take the paired math course, Maths for Physicists, along with it. Math will not be worked out in class and is included on exam so it would be best to take this math class so you are prepared. Lecturer was very clear and very accommodating with any difficulties in material. Not much homework or practice work. 80% of course was based on final exam, so study hard!
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CO2001 Good and Evil

Course Department: Comparative Literature
Instruction Language: English
Comments: I liked the format of rotating and specialized lecturers for each of the works. Tutor generated good conversation in tutorial sessions. We were assessed on two essays, so make sure you start early! Strikes affected this course.
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DI1201 Adam to the Apocalypse

Course Department: Divinity
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Great lectures and clear to follow. Good at generating a narrative. Required reading for essay could have been better. Was a little hostile towards differing opinions. Course fell apart a little at the end due to illness and technical issues.
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