Shrouded in Clouds September 12, 2017

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/23/2017 to 05/20/2017 with

CIEE: Dublin - Arts & Sciences

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Traveling the Irish countryside gave a cool glimpse into a rural culture that's hard to come by, even in the more remote parts of the state. Irish culture is awesome too.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* 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

Good Experience, Dublin is a fantastic city with an awesome nightlife. The pubs and clubs are packed every night. Food is actually pretty solid too. Would recommend!

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100-150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save up a lot before you get there, trying to be stingy with money while traveling can sometimes hinder the experience

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? none
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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 pubs
  • Irish people
  • being in Europe (cheap flights)
* What could be improved?
  • CIEE
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? CIEE's website is not entirely accurate -- there was no internship and very few classes that I was actually allowed to take. Luckily, it ended up working out fine for me, but I know that others on my program weren't so fortunate.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

To help future students find programs attended by like-minded individuals, please choose the profile that most closely represents you.
The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Differential Equations

Course Department: Math
Instructor:
Instruction Language: Eng
Comments: Challenging, learned a lot
Credit Transfer Issues: Don't think so
Course Name/Rating:

Operating Systems

Course Department: Computer Science
Instructor:
Instruction Language:
Comments: Pretty easy, learned some Linux
Credit Transfer Issues: I don't think so