Good Internship, Okay Everything Else May 01, 2022

By (Economics, International and Global Studies, Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/19/2022 to 04/29/2022 with

Boston University: Dublin - Internship Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about Ireland and how to navigate a new city. I do think it was a worthwhile study abroad, though I’m not sure I would have the same opinion of I didn’t like my internship.

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 classes were very basic and did not require a lot of effort. While I understand some people may be looking for that, I found the academic rigor underwhelming.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The program administrators did their best to address any issues that we had and were easy to contact.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

We had problems with the DCU All Hallows housing, including problems with the hot water. Wile it did improve by the end of the semester it was still a problem for most of it. Other then that the housing was fine. There was a single kitchen shared between 21 participants in the program, but I never had problems with finding a time to cook. Also the kitchen was not well stocked upon arrival and we needed to purchase our own pans/spatulas etc.

* Food:

Food is not provided on campus through the program so be prepared for that. I cooked most of the meal for myself, though I know others agree out.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The way the program is set up is that you do not take classes with local students. I would suggest joining a society/club for more cultural integration. My internship was hybrid so I did see a few of my coworkers twice a week, but the office was often empty,

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I had no health issues on the program so I am not fully versed with this. However, those who did need such seemed to get the care quickly.

* Safety:

I felt very safe in Dublin, even walking alone at night.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I felt like the internship I had was beneficial for me in my career goals as well as was interesting. However, the classes through the program were not very interesting. Dublin is a great city and there is a lot of interesting things around. Traveling to other countries is also easy with cheap airlines.


* 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)

I didn’t go out much and tended to only eat out 1/2 a weeks so my food costs weren’t very high. I also didn’t do much shopping. However, travel is very common which brings costs up.

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If you want to save money I would suggest cooking your food and not to go out very often. International travel could also increase expenses so if you are trying to save their are a lot of relieving cheap places to go in and around Dublin or a train ride away. Make sure to choose student tickets when possible.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • 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?
  • Location
* What could be improved?
  • Housing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I felt like I was well prepared. I guess I wish I knew that sometimes credi cards will require a authorization code sent to a cellphone which I did not have active in Ireland.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

International Human Rights Law

Course Department:
Instructor: Marcus Gatto
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Class was not very challenging, but was very interesting. The professor is well versed in his subject area and tried to make the class both interesting and engaging.
Credit Transfer Issues: