CIS did not ruin Dublin for me February 08, 2017

By (University of Florida) - abroad from 06/11/2016 to 08/08/2016 with

CISabroad (Center for International Studies): Dublin - Intern in Dublin

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I went for an internship, not to take classes, so I'm not sure how valuable this question is to me. However, I did learn a lot about things outside of the school spectrum, like how to assimilate into a new culture.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I'm giving a 3.5 because even though my administrator was one of the kindest people I've ever met, he did not live near Dublin, and that could've been potentially dangerous.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The housing was set up in a rather dangerous neighborhood where people lit cars on fire for fun. Also, the housing complex was two separate buildings, and my roommate and I were separated from the rest of the entire group.

* Food:

Food in Ireland is pretty heavy and fattening, and with the Euro it was a little pricey.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

As an intern working for an Irish business, every aspect of my lifestyle was integrated. I was hanging out and working with Irish people, riding public transportation every day, and going out and seeing vast areas of Dublin.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I had no experience with health care.

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

The high rating is inflated for how amazing Ireland is, and the fact that I wasn't going to let anything stop me from enjoying this once in a life-time experience. However, I would NOT recommend others to visit Dublin through CIS as they are extremely disorganized and hate answering your emails and questions. They hide a lot of costs and information from you and overall exercise poor insight on running this program. Whoever they partner with when matching up students to internships is also a bad business, as myself and others were paired up with internships we had not requested.

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 don't remember exactly how much I spent, but public transportation was the most expensive part of my trip. To save money on food I prepared my own meals from the supermarket, so even though it's not fun, it's easy to stay on budget. However, I couldn't get around not riding in public transportation since I had to go to work every day. CIS does not tell you how much it costs, nor do they warn you that you will be footing the cost of public transportation after you use the 50euro card they give you.

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Stay in to eat!

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Other
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What could be improved?
  • Internship partnering
  • Communication
  • Housing sites
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how expensive public transport would be, and that we'd be living in North side Dublin instead of South side.