Ireland: culturally rich and accepeting Past Review

By (Criminal Justice, Arcadia University) for

Arcadia: Galway - National University of Ireland, Galway

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I have always been accepting to other cultures because I live in a big city in America so it is like a huge melting pot of people. It was a new experience being a minority in an entire country but exciting at the same time. Learinging about the different places and how the people vary from county to county, even the accent, was riviting.

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.

The work load in Ireland is completely different than what I have been used to back hom ein the states. Most modules require only a midterm essay and a final essay, with nothing in between. There aren't any tests that we have taken and the class environment is different as well. I go to a small school and at NUIG the class sized are much larger than the 25 student classes I have been exposed to. The lecturers don't really have any type of open discussion except in seperate classes they call tutorials. Some of these things are especially new to me, things such as the lecturer not caring if the students ever come to class, the times being different (ex. language course at the same times on certain days) the times are scattered and the days are different. In some aspects they are the same though because if any student had a question they have office hours, give out their phone numbers and e-mail addresses, and if it is a question during class it is a comfortable environment to feel free to ask even though there aren't open discussions.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

If anything was needed by any of the international students all we needed to do was ask for help and we recieved it.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

When i first arrived the group of students, including myself, stayed in a hostel for two nights in Dublin. After that we arrived at our apartments we would be in for the rest of our stay in Ireland. After about a week we stayed with a host family for a weekend.

* Food:

I didn't know what to expect before I arrived in Ireland. Anyone I had asked back home told me the stereotypical answers "blood sausage, cabbage, and potatoes" I figured since just about every other stereotype is inaccurate this one was too. And I was right, the food here is amazing. They have some of the same things we would eat back in America,some very different things (black/white sausage) but overall I have not been dissatisfied with what i have eaten during my stay here

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

My cultural experience has just begun. I have met people from all over Ireland as well as in other parts of America and the world. I am going to Northern Ireland in a few days, after that I am going to London, and then traveling more in Ireland to experience the culture of the Country I currently go to school in. The people have been exceptionally nice, they all seem to love America and plan to or have been there as well. It is everything and more than I had expected it to be. The pub scene is fantastic, going to different pubs and enjoying the live music and Irish step dancing and meeting new people is exciting and very different than back home. The way people drive here is a bit crazier than back home, they arent very padestrian friendly, other than that everything is grand.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

There were garda if we needed them, we were given an emergency contact card and the apartment complex where we reside has it's own security.

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)


If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
  • Apartment
  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Other

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Bring as much money as you can, spend wisely, dont drink all of the time, travel, and expand your horizon. Any student who is open to experiencing new things would benefit from this program.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Entertainment Law

Course Department: LW393
Instruction Language: English
Comments: The content of this module is all about the entertainment law in Ireland. Sometimes the lecturer will make a comparison to the states, however, it is nice to get a view on this aspect of one of the country's laws.
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Women in Irish Society

Course Department: SP421
Instructor: Marilyn Moyola
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This class is probably my favorite class. The lecturer is American since she doesnt have the Irish accent it isn't hard to understand what she is saying whereas in some classes i have to guess by what they are talking about and put the pieces together. The class is the most interesting for me as well. Learning about the women of the past and present in Ireland and being able to compare it to women in America and my own experience has been amazing. I had never known what women went through in Ireland and how they were once viewed etc...
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Drama and Theatre Studies

Course Department: EN385
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This course is sometimes difficutl for me. Having to read plays and picture it in my mind has never been something that was easy for me. Trying to understand what is going on in a play then going to class and having the same thing I read reitterated at me is not something I would have even choosen to do it was something that was required of me therefore I am in the class.
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State and Society of Early Modern Europe

Course Department: hi288
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This lecturer is very nice, she has never turned anyone down when they needed help and is always gave specific direction as to what was required.
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The Rise of Modern America

Course Department: HI259
Instruction Language: English
Comments: It is sometimes very easy for me in this class. The content of this course is basically what I, as an American student, have already learned, but i chose to take it because it is always nice to hear other people's perspective on things about my home country's history. I get to hear this during these tutorials while discussing different articles w=required to read.
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Coastal Environments

Course Department: TI248
Instructor: Dr, Kevin Lynch
Instruction Language: English
Comments: I had only just recently been placed into this course, one of the courses I had wanted I was not allowed therefore I am in this one. The lecturer is very nice and explains the material well.
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