Hello all, I am a rising senior in the USA who is looking for advice on whether to do four years at a U.K. University. I have traveled to the UK twice before (two years ago in southern England and this year in Scotland) and I love it. My family and I rented a house for a couple of days on the campus of the University of Edinburgh and I thought the architecture and the city as a whole were amazing. I am also extremely interested in the history of the UK. For example, I am currently doing a year-long research project on England and its rise to European dominance.
I have told the people around me that I am considering going for four years to uni in Edinburgh, and they have brought up some thought-provoking points which I would greatly appreciate any comments on.
1. "What if you decide you hate it after your first year and are stuck in dark and gloomy Scotland for three more years?"
2. "All of your connections for after college will be in the UK, so what if you decide you want to live in the US more?"
3. "Why don't you just do one year in Scotland, and then three years at a less culturally shocking US school?"
4. "You can get into Ivy league schools because of how hard you've worked in school, so why settle for a university no one has ever heard of?"
Finally, I have some questions which I would also appreciate if people who have maybe been in a similar situation could answer.
a. I was looking at degrees, and I noticed there were many options with two fields of study (i.e. MA History & Economics). Is this similar to a double major in the US? If not, could someone describe further what this degree is like?
b. Is there any way to transfer at the end of my first year from a UK university to an American one?
c. Does Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh ever get small?
I know this is a pretty dense thread, so I will stop it there. Any comments will be extremely helpful in allowing me to make an informed decision!