Studying Abroad in Dundee, Scotland

A unique element of Dundee's downtown.

A unique element of Dundee’s downtown.

As I’m closing in on the end of my first week in Dundee, Scotland, I decided to share some of my experiences with the rest of the world.

I was in culture shock the first few days here in Dundee, not to mention extremely tired from the flight and jet lag. I didn’t feel much like leaving my dorm room, but you get hungry eventually.

My first meal was at a Kentucky Fried Chicken. I was surprised to see it here, and I wanted to see how KFC in Scotland compared to KFC in the U.S. Turns out portions are much smaller here in Scotland, which in a way I think is a good thing. It discourages overeating. They also give you french fries with your meal instead of mashed potatoes.

It’s really interesting how close all the stores are here in Dundee. I can walk anywhere I need to go. Some, but not all the stores here close around 6 p.m. I like that idea as it allows the employees to be home at night with their families.

I assume because Scotland is so far north, it tends to get dark here very early. The sun starts going down around 4 p.m. It’s a little hard to get used to.

As for the people of Scotland, I have never met such friendly people before. Everyone is so happy here and willing to help you with anything you need. It’s definitely something I’m going to miss when I go back to the States.

My first class is tomorrow, and I’m excited to see how it goes. I’ll write more about it soon!

About the author

Seth Snyder

I’m currently majoring in Fine Arts-Studio Arts and upon completion I plan to transfer to Edinboro University, where I will start working toward my bachelor’s degree in Film and Animation. I have a strong interest in drawing, cartooning, and animation. I will be studying abroad in the spring semester at the University of Dundee in Dundee, Scotland. It has been a life long dream of mine to travel to Scotland. It’s a dream which I never thought would come to fruition, but with hard work along with winning the Gilman Scholarship it has become a reality.