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This guide was created to help you navigate the different aspects of travelling abroad as a UCEAP student. All important aspects of attending university in your host country are addressed here, including academic information, extension of UCEAP participation, cultural awareness, orientation, transportation, finances and much more.
 
Remember to also visit the Participants section of the UCEAP website for important information and deadlines.
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Your UCEAP Network
 
 
 
 
 
Academic Information
 
Program Overview
 
Academic Culture
 
 
 
 
Course Information
 
 

For which courses should you register?

You are encouraged to take classes from all 4 years of an undergraduate degree; however, there are some conditions you have to consider.

  • During their first year of study at a Scottish university, Scottish students are already closer to the equivalent of the sophomore year at a U.S. university. Taken over 1 year, prospective university candidates sit “Scottish Highers,” the main University entrance exam. Students are expected to take between three and five Highers (subjects) in their fifth year of secondary schooling, when they are approximately 17 years old. Students who are particularly competent in a subject stay on for a sixth year at high school and take “Advanced Highers.” Advanced Highers offer the opportunity for in-depth study, specialization, and the development of independent learning skills. Advanced Highers can also offer direct entry into the second year of a Scottish 4-year degree program.
  • Because Scottish students have studied a particular topic in much detail prior to entering a university, the majority of courses you will be taking at a U.K. university are upper division, except for some first or second-year courses that are very introductory. Second and third-year courses are typically considered “equivalent” to the junior year at a U.S. university. As a UC student you most likely will be placed at this level for work in your major department.
  • For enrolment in third-year Scottish courses, you usually need to have taken 3-4 upper division courses with good grades (B and upwards) in that particular subject. But even if you have a good background in a particular subject, we recommend that you do not take all third-year courses during your first semester at a Scottish university: since you will be adjusting to a new academic system, we suggest that you take a combination of second and third-year courses. If you are there for the entire year, of course, it will be easier for you to gauge what level of courses you will be taking in the second term.
  • Fourth-year courses at a Scottish university are quite advanced and require thorough knowledge in a subject. If you are not sufficiently prepared for these courses, you might be struggling with this level. Also, even if your home department has pre-approved you for fourth-year U.K. courses, you might be told by the host university that you do not have enough background to take that level because fourth-year courses are particularly specialized. In addition, if your GPA is not high enough, you may be restricted to taking lower level classes in your major.
Conclusion: You can register for courses at all four levels; however, do not register for third and fourth-year courses thinking only these courses are upper division. If you want to take third and fourth-year courses – and many UCEAP students do – you need to meet the pre-requisites, and you have to understand that these are specialized courses that can be very demanding.
 
 
 
 
Host University Information
 
Internship Opportunities
 
Extending UCEAP Participation
 
 
Cultural Awareness
Educate Yourself
 
Social Conduct
 
 
Official Start Date & Mandatory Orientation
 
 
Travel Planning
Travel to Your Host Country
 
 
 

Travel to the Host University

During the UCEAP orientation abroad, you will receive information about traveling to your host university.
 
Students going to the same host university often decide that they will travel as a group to their destination. Many students travel together by train or bus to their host university. However, if you decide to fly from the orientation to your host university, you are advised to make the airline reservation when you reserve your initial flight from the U.S. Note that luggage weight restrictions for international flights differ from regional ones, so it is important to find out requirements for the internal flight to your host university. UCEAP students who could not take their luggage in the past (and thus could not board the flight) were also unable to secure a refund from the airline. Your UCEAP program calendar shows the date and time of day you will depart from the UCEAP orientation site. Be sure to find the correct date before making the airline reservation.
 
Travel Documents
 
 
 
Packing Tips
 
 
Insurance for Personal Possessions
 
Return Travel
 
Financial Information
Understanding Your Finances
 
Your MyEAP Account & Budget
 
 
Handling Money Abroad
 
 
Communications Abroad
Internet Access
 
Phones
 
Mail & Shipments
 
Study Center Contact
 
Housing & Meals
General Information
 
UCEAP Orientation Housing
 
How to Secure Your Housing / Housing Contracts
 
Know Before Choosing Your Housing
 
Your Host Institution Housing

University of Edinburgh

Housing is guaranteed if you submit the housing application along with the host university application. You may stay in any of the university-owned housing (a mixture of traditional halls of residence and flats) or find private housing on your own. Students say there is a good selection of private housing in the community.
 
Past UCEAP participants say different options appeal to different expectations. For example, College Wynd, Robertson’s Close, and Kincaid’s Court are conveniently located close to campus and the city center. However, they can be very noisy at night and on weekends due to freshers and nearby bars.
 
Fraser Court, East Newington Place, Sciennes, Sciennes Place, and South Clerk Street are convenient if you are taking classes in King’s Buildings, but are a distance from the city center.
 
Warrender Park Road and Warrender Park Crescent are in a pleasant residential area and well liked. Students are often concerned about the 15-minute walk across The Meadows at night to return from the central campus. The Meadows is a beautiful park for the daytime walk to class.
 
Past students have recommended Kitchener House, Hermit’s Croft, and St. John’s Hill (next to the sports center), as well as Darroch Court and New Arthur Place, which are centrally located.
 
Pollock Halls include meals, and are recommended if you do not want to deal with grocery shopping and cooking. However, Pollock Halls house about 1,800 students, predominantly freshers and foreign students, are very noisy, and have had numerous room break-ins and thefts.
 

University of Glasgow

The range of accommodations includes halls of residence, student houses, and flats. Detailed descriptions will accompany Glasgow’s official offer of admission. Following a written response, you will be offered a place in a university residence. Your first choice cannot be guaranteed. You must then write again to accept the offer. Respond promptly to all communications, as housing is in short supply. A signed housing contract is binding and you will be required to pay the full cost even if you do not remain in the housing for the full contract period. If living arrangements have not been finalized before departure from the U.S., you may face difficulties finding accommodations in Glasgow.
 
Past students recommend the self-catering Kelvinhaugh Gate, Kelvinhaugh Street, and Queen Margaret Flats. There have been complaints about the Murano Street Student Village, which is thought to be far from the university and less safe. There have also been complaints about Wolfson Hall’s cleanliness and neighborhood. Students say Cairncross is poorly maintained. Otherwise, UCEAP students rate the housing from “fine” to “great” and describe the city as providing an enormous variety of things to do, including many concerts with low admission.
 

University of St. Andrew’s

You will be housed either in a hall of residence, including McIntosh Hall, Andrew Melville Hall, and New Hall; or in a self-catering apartment, such as David Russell Apartments, or another apartment at Fife Park or Albany Park. Housing contracts are for a full year, and moving mid-year can be difficult. Most halls are about a 20-minute walk from the town center, and the Parks are about 40 minutes away. Both types of residences have laundry facilities. The halls vary in size and locale, the smaller ones being in old buildings in the center of town.
 
Students have been happy with the housing, especially New Hall. However, they note that catered Andrew Melville Hall houses many freshers and the food is not very good.
 
Daily Life Abroad
Local Transportation
Extracurricular Activities
 

University of Edinburgh

Every summer the city hosts the largest cultural festival in the United Kingdom. Also the site of the 1999 reestablishment of the Scottish Parliament, the city prides itself on being the center of Scottish culture. With rich offerings in music and theater, it has become a European cultural center as well. The university operates the Bedlam Theatre, which is the only entirely student-run theater in the U.K. There is a popular series of on-campus lunchtime concerts with visiting artists as well as student performers. The student volunteer group, Action, posts a variety of openings on its website.
 

University of Glasgow

Rich in cultural and recreational resources, the city served as the European City of Architecture and Design in 1999. The university Potholing Association is for spelunkers. Clubs include sailing, visual arts, cross-country running, and Ultimate Frisbee (the national champion team).
 

University of St. Andrew’s

The city is about 45 miles from Edinburgh and 13 miles from the rugged North Sea coast. It is famous for its golf courses and is considered by many the birthplace of golf. Student clubs and societies cater to all interests, including flyfishing and wine and cheese.
 
Students with Disabilities
 
Travel Sign-out Form
 
Travel within the U.K. and Europe
 
 The UCEAP Student Budget does not include funds for recreational travel.
Working & Volunteer Work
 
Insurance
UCEAP Insurance
 
National Health Service (NHS)
 
 
Staying Healthy
Local Medical Facilities
 
Physical Health
 
U.K. Health Care Glossary
 
Mental Health
 
 
 
Health Risks
Prescription Medication
 
Staying Safe
Minimize Risk
 
Crime & Prevention
 
Civil Unrest
 
Traffic & Transportation Safety
 
 
For authoritative information on road safety in Scotland, visit the Road Safety Scotland website.
 
Emergency Service Response
 
UCEAP Contingency Planning
 
Fire Safety
 
 
In An Emergency
 
 
 
 
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