17 Things You’ll Only Understand If You’re an International Student In Scotland
Being an international student alone is a pretty unique experience, but studying in Scotland as one is something else entirely. Here are the things you’ll know to be true if you’re studying abroad in Scotland:
1. Immediately loving how friendly Scottish people are.
In general all international students would agree that Scottish people are just so friendly and welcoming. They could speak to you forever and would always be very interested in your background and views of Scotland.
2. But they speak so quickly!
You love chatting with them, but you always find yourself nodding and smiling through the entire conversation.
3. And you’ll never quite get over the accent.
Regardless of your English proficiency level, when it’s spoken in a strong Scottish accent it might as well be another foreign language.
4. Scottish life as an international student is so different that you might start to question your choice.
While moving away from home is in itself a huge change for all students, on top of that, you are exposed to a completely different culture, thousands of miles away. Feelings of nostalgia and doubt start to emerge – but they’re a vital part of the transition for all international students.
5. Until the university life takes over and you start adapting to the new environment.
You’ll quickly get over these feelings and start meeting new friends. What’s more, the universities in Scotland welcome a significant number of international students who are sharing the same experience and may even come from the same country.
6. Although it takes you a while to adapt to the fact there are wild animals EVERYWHERE.
Probably one of the biggest surprises every international student experiences: endless encounters with wild animals. Foxes everywhere, deer and other animals are a lovely attraction even in the big cities.
7. Your face the first time you saw a deep fried Mars bar.
8. But when you do finally brave the local cuisine you actually love it.
Everything from haggis to a deep fried pizza is basically what sums up your diet. Friends and family back home will never understand your new addiction.
9. Until you start to dramatically gain weight as a result, of course!
10. Which might also be because the Scots really love drinking.
Who doesn’t love a bit of Scottish whiskey?
11. Exchanging many cultural experiences.
Not only are the Scottish people incredibly friendly and welcoming, but they are also extremely open-minded when it comes to experiencing your culture. Food and drinks appear to be the most popular cultural currency.
12. Ceilidh, Ceilidh, oh, and more Ceilidh.
The most entertaining traditional dance. The best part is, you can still enjoy it regardless of your dancing abilities.
Experienced my first ever ceilidh tonight and it was magical
— Caitlin (@caitlinvmcc) January 25, 2017
13. That moment when you realise Scottish people actually do wear kilts.
We have all heard of the traditional Scottish clothes and the men in multi-coloured checked skirts, but having to see it in person, especially in lectures or at events at the university, is a very unique experience.
14. Never getting enough of the architecture.
The castles in Scotland are the first thing you show to your family and friends back home.
15. And fully buying into its mysteries.
Has anyone not heard of Nessie? Loch Ness is on the top list of places to visit in Scotland for all international students.
16. Not being sure you’ll ever fully understand the Scottish sense of humour.
Scottish people are not only good-hearted but also have a great sense of humour, which might take some time to get used to, especially if you’re an overseas student.
17. But definitely being sure that you made the right decision to come to Scotland.