That's Limerick Citayy! a.k.a. the best time of my life. Past Review

By (Political science, Bradley University) for

AIFS: Limerick - University of Limerick

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I made lifelong friends, and have memories that will last forever. I only regret that I had the best time of my life at the age of 21, so I guess it's all downhill from here?

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Why I gave it 4 instead of 5? It was a weird adjustment for me, personally, switching from a medium-sized school to such a large school. The switch to large lecture halls was difficult, but I had an overall positive learning experience. The teachers were very passionate about their subject-areas, and I especially loved my class on Irish Politics which coincided with the Irish elections.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

AIFS had amazing support on campus. One of my housemates had an emergency, and I thought they handled it very well. Elaine was our contact person, and she was amazing! I always knew there was somebody to help me, if I needed anything!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Lived in Plassey Village, housing village located on campus. It was a great place to live. We only encountered a few problems, but really good experience for the most part.

* Food:

Ireland is not known for its food. It was not bad, though. There are plenty of places to get food on campus, and our housing had a rather large kitchen with full cooking amenities. "Aldi," the grocery store nearby sold pretty cheap food.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Really great trips planned through AIFS. I would suggest attending all of them.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Had to take my roommate to the emergency room, they provided us a cab to and from the hospital, and told us exactly where to go. Very helpful. Safety: just like any city, you need to be smart and you'll be fine.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Cultural immersion
  • Field trips
* What could be improved?
  • Housing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I am a real "people person", and so I'd say my very favorite part of Ireland was the people I met, and their incredible sense of humor. It was so great to be in a place that embraced my sarcasm, and I didn't have to sensor myself constantly. If you like to meet new people, and experience different things, I couldn't recommend this program more!