Great Craic Past Review

By (Marketing., Roger Williams University) - abroad from 01/01/2012 to 05/10/2012 with

Arcadia: Galway - National University of Ireland, Galway

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
So much knowledge about other cultures, new friends, independence

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.

Classroom structure was extremely difficult, multiple teachers for each course, became very confusing

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Very integrated, lived with an Irish student, great experience

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

No health issues, but health center was readily available

* Safety:

Extremely safe. extremely friendly city, many officers

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)

The conversion is brutal and no meal plan so I had to grocery shop very often

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? No
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 200


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Integration
  • Location
* What could be improved?
  • Class options
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That conversion is awful