A fantastic place to spend a semester! Past Review

By (Biochemistry, Barnard College) - abroad from 08/31/2015 to 12/18/2015 with

Arcadia: Galway - National University of Ireland, Galway

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I valued the opportunity to see a different culture and a different educational system from my own as well as the opportunity to travel throughout Europe on a budget.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The courses were not difficult compared to the courses at my home institution.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Arcadia was supportive and available and the trips that it offered were great opportunities to see different parts of Ireland without the stress and time involved in planning a trip.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

While our housing complex itself was fine, our roommates were quite disrespectful, making it the worst part of my time abroad. Many of my peers had perfectly polite flatmates.

* Food:

Groceries are inexpensive and food in town is mostly reasonable. The farmer's market is an excellent place to get great food and meet locals!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

While I definitely made friends with the other Arcadia students, I felt less connected to the NUIG students. Getting involved in clubs is a great way to immerse yourself in the culture. I found the rowing club to be a welcoming environment that helped keep me in shape too!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The staff at the student health center is nice and helpful, but are limited to focusing on one problem at a time, so you have to prioritize. Additionally it is sometimes difficult to get an appointment. I did run out of a medication half way through my time abroad which was unavailable in Ireland and I would have had a two year wait to see a specialist, but fortunately my family was able to send it to me.

* Safety:

Galway was incredibly safe! I returned from trips very late and never felt unsafe walking back to my apartment.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • Friendly people
  • Good support
* What could be improved?
  • Integration into local culture
  • Better screening of flatmates
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had known that Irish students really drink as much as you think they do.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.