A learning experience March 20, 2018

By (University of Florida) - abroad from 09/11/2017 to 12/18/2017 with

CAPA The Global Education Network: Dublin Study or Intern Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to function effectively in a foreign environment.

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 College used here was Griffith College and most of the courses were masters level and very helpful for my degree but did require work and planning

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The Dublin team was amazing and CAPA was able to handle all issues with a quick chat or email the same day.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Very clean on campus housing at Griffith, though very European and on the smaller size.

* Food:

AMAZING local eateries and places to hang close to campus and very easy to get to town to bigger restaurants.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

It was very easy to integrate and be involved. Very kind people.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

insurance was covered by the CAPA program and the staff was helpful in finding a local physician.

* Safety:

CAPA's emergency report system was perfect for the program and i never felt in danger.

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

There was great help and ability to get involved easily.

Finances

* 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 spent between 100 and 150 euros a week on food and personal expenses. Dublin is a more expensive city and exchange rates change.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100-150 euros
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? i saved $5000 for travel, and all other expenses and only used $4000. many students spent more than this though.

Language

* 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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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
* 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?
  • the capa team
  • internship
  • classes
* What could be improved?
  • living arrangements for fall and spring
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish that i knew more details about student visas