my experience living, not just studying, abroad: January 03, 2022

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 09/07/2021 to 12/18/2021 with

Boston University: Dublin - Internship Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was worthwhile because we got to live abroad, not just study abroad. The internship integrated us into local society in ways just taking classes couldn't.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The onsite director was amazing! Very supportive.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Bathrooms smelled of mold and toilets were unreliable

* Food:

Ireland is not known for its cuisine, but its coffee and sweets are to die for!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 50 euro on average
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Budgeted about 1,000 USD pocket money and it was sufficient for weekly expenses, two weekend trips, and a couple day trips.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
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?
  • small program
* What could be improved?
  • covid isolation support!!!!!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The details of the living arrangements (who, where, room style, bathroom style, kitchen utilities)

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

History of Ireland

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Contemporary Irish Society

Course Department:
Instructor: Frank
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International Human Rights Law

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