Cork, Ireland: would do it again in an instant! Past Review

By (Psychology, Wagner College) for

Arcadia: Cork - University College Cork

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Five years later, I'm still referencing experiences I had while studying abroad. If you're on the fence- go, go, go!

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.

I attended a small liberal arts school in the states, and UCC was a large university- the lectures alone were a big change for me. I found it to be very similar to what I would have expected from a large American university.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I entered the study abroad program based on the idea that I wanted to experience something new and different, so my expectations were easily met. Many of the courses I took were essay driven, something that American students are extremely accustomed to- so it was an easy transition.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My program arranged for me to be housed with another student I knew prior to traveling which was wonderful. We did spend a weekend with a host family when we first arrived in the country- it was a great experience, but I'm glad that the majority of my abroad experience was spent living in an apartment.

* Food:

The food culture was very Americanized- so it wasn't too much of a shock.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

We were Ireland for St. Patrick's day which was pretty incredible, the city's rugby team made it into the finals and won- it was great to see an entire city celebrating.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? If you're not looking for a foreign language component- Ireland is ideal. There's so much to do, and it's to acclimate. You're also so close to Europe travel is very easy!