How I Chose My Study Abroad Program
Hello from Edinburgh, Scotland where I am settling into my apartment and exploring the city in preparation for my study abroad term! I will be spending this term (18F) studying at the University of Edinburgh's New College School of Divinity. Along with nine other Dartmouth students, I will be taking three classes. One will be taught by a Dartmouth faculty member and two taught by University of Edinburgh faculty. Now that I am getting adjusted to a new campus and new roommates (four of them!), I thought that I'd share some of the reasons why I chose to take part in this FSP offered through the Religion department.
- No. 1
Dartmouth offers three different types of study abroad programs: language study abroad programs (LSA), foreign study programs (FSP), and exchanges. Language study abroad programs mean that you take courses learning a specific language, with emphasis on fulfilling your dartmouth language requirement. The program offered in Edinburgh is classified as a FSP, this means that you take classes in a specific subject area, not language. When I started looking into the Religion FSP, I learned that all three courses that I would take abroad would satisfy requirements for my major. Not only do I get to study at one of the top universities in the world, the credits help work towards my greater academic plan.
- No. 2
When I decided to study abroad, I knew that I wanted to choose a location that would allow me to travel and explore other places. While academics are our first priority, a different class schedule allows for extended weekends and more class field trips. Choosing to study in Scotland not only means that it is easy to travel to other places in the United Kingdom, but also relatively short flights to main land Europe. Some of the places I would like to visit aside from Scotland are: Hungary, Spain, Portugal, Poland and Sweden!
- No. 3
Growing up, family history has always been an important part of my life. My dad's family is originally from Scotland and I thought it would be really cool if I could return to a place that has so much meaning to my family. My dad is planning to visit during the term, and we are going to spend some time in the town where we are from. I think there is something quite special about being in the place that my family called home for so many years.
- No. 4
Being a varsity athlete can limit what term you can study abroad. I knew that I could study abroad during summer or fall term and having an internship already set up for the summer, fall seemed like my best option. When I look back, this was probably the biggest factor in choosing my study abroad location. Knowing that I can come home from this fall term abroad and still have a few weeks at home for Christmas before winter term starts is the perfect schedule for me.