Meet Adam from California, USA…

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… by Adam / from California / went to Tamalpais High School / now studying International Relations (UG) / Class of 2017

Your Time at Edinburgh

Why did you choose to study abroad in Edinburgh?
I’d never been to Europe and for some reason studying in a (relatively) big city in the UK sounded like a good idea. Edinburgh has a population of about 500,000, a bit bigger than Sacramento, but it’s the second largest and capital city of Scotland.

What do you enjoy the most about your degree programme?
I feel like I can now give a bit of critical insight when people ask me about current global political events, which feels pretty good.

What opportunities did you take advantage of at Edinburgh?
I rowed crew in second year and have been a member of the Edinburgh University Windsurf and Surf Club (surf club for short!). Access to the surf lockup (boards, wetsuits, boots & gloves all for club use) is awesome and surfing is a really good way to get out of the city for a few hours (even easier if you know anyone with a car!). You can find out more about the Surf club at There are great beaches for surfing with about 1 hour from the city!

Final Thoughts

What words of encouragement would you have for students from your home state or province thinking about applying to Edinburgh?
Make sure you’re absolutely sure of what you want to study before you come, whilst there is some flexibility in the degree programmes in Scotland, it’s not nearly as flexible as the US liberal arts style we are used to, it’s not as easy to change once you get here. I’d also recommend staying at Pollock Halls, and in particular I’d recommend the vibe in Ewing, Grant, or Lee House for Californians!

If you would like to get in touch with Adam or another one of our North American students to find out more about what it’s like studying in Edinburgh, get in touch with Tessa and Shannon via email, and they will connect you!

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