The time of my life Past Review

By (Centenary College of New Jersey) - abroad from 09/01/2015 to 12/18/2015 with

AIFS: Limerick - University of Limerick

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Learned how to travel and can now do so with confidence

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Much more challenging than Centenary

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Program director was knowledgeable and helpful

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

No microwave, beds were small, house got broken into, Res life staff was very nice and helpful

* Food:

Had to buy and cook our own, quality of food is much better than the US

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I did not need healthcare but I heard that the wait in the hospital is always very long

* Safety:

House on campus got broken into twice, city of Limerick seemed ok as did the rest of campus

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

Wish I could have stayed longer


* 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)

Food is very cheap there, traveling can get expensive but there are cheaper options for that as well

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $50-$75
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Ryanair is very cheap, you can find cheap hostels to stay at as well but check that they're in a good location, food is not expensive but it goes bad quickly since Ireland doesn't use a lot of chemicals and preservatives like the US


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Other
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The people
  • The culture
* What could be improved?
  • Wanted to live with Irish students not just Americans
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Select own travel with AIFS so I could have spent time travelling after the semester was over, and that there is no meal plan so you have to know how to cook, also how to read a map

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'