I had a great study abroad experience with some exceptions May 04, 2018

By (Seattle University) - abroad from 09/18/2017 to 12/15/2017 with

CAPA The Global Education Network: Dublin Study or Intern Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Studying abroad was definitely worthwhile. I gained more real-world experience by studying abroad with CAPA.

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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 classes that I took were academically challenging, but not as much as the courses that I take at my home university.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

CAPA has an onsite office at Griffith College in Dublin. This office was very helpful with any questions that I had about scheduling my classes or study abroad related issues. Overall, I appreciated how supportive they were.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The living arrangements were pretty adequate. My on-campus apartment for four guests had a kitchen/living room, two bedrooms, and two tiny bathrooms. It had some maintenance issues that Griffith College fixed. The shower drains did overflow from time to time. The refrigerator and freezer were smaller which made it challenging to store perishable foods for four people.

* Food:

There were so many great food options in Dublin! The CAPA program did not provide a meal plan. The dining hall at Griffith College was pretty limited so I didn't miss much. A grocery store was conveniently located two blocks away from campus, I did my weekly shopping there because it had decently priced products.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt very integrated into the Irish culture and a lot of that was because of CAPA's contributions. For instance, they provided me with a bus pass which allowed me to save money and explore different parts of Dublin. I also took day trips with Irish bus companies and CAPA which gave me opportunities to be introduced to Irish culture outside of Dublin. Everyone who worked at the CAPA Dublin office was a Dubliner and they taught me the cultural values of the Irish. I took an Irish History & Culture class and CAPA's Global Cities class which gave me a lot of insight into the country's past and present-day events. Outside of the classroom, I went to many museums, traveled in and outside of the country, and mingled with the locals.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

CAPA provide me with healthcare information about local practitioners.

* Safety:

Overall, I felt very safe while I was studying abroad. I even felt safer in Dublin compared to Seattle University. Griffith College is protected by security guards and is in a really safe part of Dublin.

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

CAPA was very supportive which meant a lot since it was my first time living internationally without any family members.

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)

Despite saving up money from working full time over the summer, I still needed some financial assistance from my parents. I did not expect Dublin to be as expensive as it is and I think part of that is the conversion of the US dollars to Euros. Food and personal expenses were easy to manage each week. However, certain things like airfare for traveling were bigger investments.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Bring the essentials that you will need from home. Some of the things that I left at home cost more in Dublin. Everything will add up so prioritize what you need to buy first.

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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  • 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?
  • CAPA staff
  • day trips
* What could be improved?
  • class scheduling
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew that CAPA would offer a different amount of credits than Griffith College.

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!