Life Changing Past Review

By (Media Studies, Loras College) - abroad from 01/06/2013 to 05/21/2013 with

IADT - Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology: Dun Laoghaire - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Absolutely worthwhile. The experiences I had cannot be recreated and couldn't have been possible if I hadn't been abroad.

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 Loras classes were quite challenging and interesting. While I found the IADT courses interesting, they weren't challenging.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Location could be improved but nice facility.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Did not socialize with anyone outside of the Loras students.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?


* Safety:

I never felt unsafe.

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)

It was expensive but I did feel well warned about this and I came prepared.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Anywhere from 50 to 100 Euro
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Eating in/cheap and not shopping.


* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The city, Dublin
  • The easy travel
  • Lots to do
* What could be improved?
  • the preparation
  • better living location
  • the local classes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Time goes extremely fast and traveling is fun, but leave plenty of time to enjoy the entire country of Ireland.

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.