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Study Abroad: University of Edinburgh, Scotland or City, University of London, England?

ldeba540ldeba540 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
I'm currently a freshman at the University of Iowa and plan on studying abroad during my spring semester of my sophomore year. I have narrowed it down to University of Edinburgh and the IES direct enrollment program at City, University in London. I've been to London on vacation and loved every minute of it and would love to go back, but am open to other options as well. What are the main differences between Edinburgh and London? What do you think will give me a better study abroad experience? Any and all advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks. :)

Replies to: Study Abroad: University of Edinburgh, Scotland or City, University of London, England?

  • exchangebadgerexchangebadger Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Hi there!
    I currently study at the University of Glasgow in Scotland I can only reccomend Scotland over London. It is a wonderful country with rich culture and incredible people.
    London is beyond expensive and hectic. You won't have much campus life as its right in the city. Edinburgh uni is beautiful and also one of the most prestigious in the country.
    TL;DR: go.to scotland!
  • inthegardeninthegarden Registered User Posts: 878 Member
    edited April 13
    I'm currently planning an upcoming trip to Scotland, and though I've never been , I, personally would also choose the University of Edinburgh ( but, then I'm a lot older than you!) . The city is smaller/ more charming than London, but big enough to find lots to do. It's absolutely beautiful, historic and fascinating. The University of E. has a storied history from the Middle ages. It sits on the edge of the medieval "Old Town" of Edinburgh of twisting, narrow streets. Just a few blocks away is the 18th-century New Town, full of parks and gracious Georgian buildings. The Edinburgh Castle towers above it all. The University is also walking distance to the train station. You can travel by rail all over the country and south to London. Glasgow (bigger, grittier and maybe more exciting in some ways) is only 35 minutes away by train...,so in a sense both cities form one big metropolitan area to explore.

    If you love the idea of living in one of the largest, most diverse and exciting cities in the world, London may be what you're looking for, but it also could be a bit overwhelming (and expensive.) But I have a feeling that Edinburgh could be an easier place to make personal connections and feel at home in quickly. YMMV!
  • inthegardeninthegarden Registered User Posts: 878 Member
    edited April 13
    Also, don't know if you're from Iowa, but if you are, Scotland's rugged landscape would be SOOO different from what you're used to...rugged mountains, jagged rocky coastlines, islands (not to mention castles everywhere...) and a lot of it accessible by train, bus and ferry.
  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 Registered User Posts: 6,063 Senior Member
    Vacation and everyday life are really different things, and imo, Edinburgh will make for a better overall university experience. London doesn't have a campus life- think of it as a commuter college really- which might seem great, b/c there is all that fun stuff to do in London! but it makes it harder to build a friend group. Edinburgh students are spread out around town, same as in London- but it's a much smaller town! I love visiting London, but my vote is Edinburgh.
  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 Registered User Posts: 5,144 Senior Member
    Edinburgh is an amazing city. One of my favorites I've ever visited. The center of the city is a UNESCO site. It's unbelievably steeped in history. The countryside is stunning. The people welcoming and friendly. London feels too much like NYC to me.
  • HarrietMWelschHarrietMWelsch Registered User Posts: 2,365 Senior Member
    Another vote for Edinburgh here - I love the city, and D did her study abroad there. One thing to bear in mind, though: If you're looking at going for the fall term, it is going to be a dark few months. Really. Be sure to budget for some cheap weekends away in sunny places.
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