Fun Semester in Ireland Past Review

By (Nursing., Fairfield University) - abroad from 12/31/2012 to 05/21/2013 with

Fairfield University: Galway - Semester or Year in Ireland

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
So worthwhile. I am personally Irish, so it was very great to return back to my culture and learn more about it. The people were friendly and it was easy to travel in Ireland. Loved it.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Pretty much no homework, but a lot of assignments and tests during the 3 final weeks,

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Easy to contact professors who were always willing to help.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Very cold and it was expensive to turn on the heat. However, best location in Galway!

* Food:

I had to prepare all my own meals.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

It was easy to integrate with the culture through school clubs and night life.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

No experience.

* Safety:

Felt very safe, even when out alone.

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


* 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 had very minimal money going abroad and felt I had no room to spend money or travel out of the country.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save as much money as you possibly can before going abroad and book flights early and always look for a student rate and deals.


* 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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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • small size of ireland
  • fairfield scheduled events
  • school with irish students
* What could be improved?
  • preparation for going abroad
  • exchange rate
  • aid in organizing trips out of ireland
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? that i needed more money to go abroad.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.