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31 Overall Reviews
4.22 / 5 based on 141 reviews
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Karen
Temple University, Philadelphia, United States
Literature, Undergraduate, St. Andrew's Society Scholar
University of Edinburgh
4.5/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I can't remember anything specific that I wish I had known before going. I know I ran into some surprises along the way but none were important enough that I remember them. It is better not to know everything before you go. Some things need to be discovered, rather than just recognized.
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In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
4
Costs
3
Activities
4
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
The university is very prestigious. It expects a lot from its students and gives a lot in return. I appreciated the academic independence that is fostered there. Professors expect students to take the initiative in their studies, giving them a wide knowledge base in a subject area and then allowing them to pick areas of special interest for in-depth study.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
2
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Take weekends and less-busy days to travel around the country. It is relatively easy to get around and there are many towns, fishing villages, and points of historic interest to explore. Edinburgh itself is a beautiful city. I got into the habit of avoiding the bus because it was much more memorable to walk and enjoy the city.
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Ulrike
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Edinburgh
4.6/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Buy waterproof clothing cos it rains a lot and it's too windy for an umbrella most of the time.
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
4
Costs
1
Activities
3
Campus life
2
Party / people
4
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
The Universtiy of Edinburgh is a great place to be with lots of people to meet and lots of activities.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
1
Final comments
Even though the year was great, I'm disappointed that my home university won't give me credit for most of the courses I took, so that academically I "wasted" a year. Personally, it was the best thing I could have done and I would do it again in a New York minute!!!!
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Nathalie
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Edinburgh
4.7/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I wish I had known more about the actual costs involved.
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
4
Costs
1
Activities
2
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
Edinburgh offers a great academic programm. The courses are generally interesting and offer a good general overview.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Edinburgh is a beautiful city but be prepared for long, dark and windy winters where you are basically confined home. Setting up a bank account requires a lot of effort and is completely useless. A money transfer is more expensive than wihdrawing money with you own card. Try to avoid seeing a doctor there. Try to travel as much as possible. Loch Ness is generally considered a must but St Andrews and the Highlands are also worth a visit. Glasgow is popluar for shopping but personally I did not like it at all.
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daphnechassin
Université Paris-Dauphine, Paris, France
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Edinburgh
4.6/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Information about the Health Care System
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
4
Costs
3
Activities
3
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
Edinburgh University is really well located. Edinburgh is a lovely place to live in (lots of museums, a lovely castle, lots os places to go out to...)
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
While you are in Scotland take the time to travel: I would recomment you to go to Staffa Island (not far from Isle of Mull) just to have the opportunity to see some lovely puffins!!!!
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Avecvous
University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, United States
Business Studies, Undergraduate, American Universities Program
University of Edinburgh
5.0/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I wish I had known it would be so hard to go back to find work. It is hard to apply for a work visa and I can not seem to find any information on how to get back. I had the most wonderful experience of my life and would love to work and live in another country in the future.
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
2
Culture
4
Costs
2
Activities
4
Campus life
2
Party / people
4
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
The University is wonderful and full of knowledge. If I had one personal recommendation it would be to upgrade the technology. It was hard to log on and off of the internet and the best PC I could find had Windows 95 on an old operating system. Students need the world at their fingertips.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
While living in Edinburgh and attending the University I found an internship. I worked at the Royal Bank of Scotland during my time and received and experience I will never forget. The internship entailed working with their international customers and researching other companies through the Business Balanced Scorecard.
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Christiane
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
University of Edinburgh
4.7/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
That it can be very bureaucratic.
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
4
Costs
1
Activities
3
Campus life
3
Party / people
4
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
Take hounors courses. The level of first and second year courses could be a bit low if it is your major!
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
I would recommend the isles f.e skye for travel. The international student centre is a fantastic institution run by students which organises nice excursions and some funny event. You can also be a volunteer for them. In Edinburgh I would recommend you to join one of the hundreds societies - that is a fantastic experience.
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