A Semester at Trinity Past Review

By (Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Purdue Honors College - Purdue University) - abroad from 01/02/2015 to 05/23/2015 with

IES Abroad: Dublin Direct Enrollment - Trinity College Dublin

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Studying abroad was definitely worthwhile. I learned so much not only culturally, but academically. It was an amazing experience that I would never trade.

Review Photos

IES Abroad: Dublin - Study Abroad at Trinity College Dublin Photo

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 way my classes were structured very differently from how I'm accustomed and I found it challenging to adapt to a different learning style and teaching style.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The IES center in Dublin did an amazing job incorporating our needs and keeping track of all of their students. They always had helpful tips for travelling and kept us updated on local events happening in Dublin.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Our apartment was incredibly nice. They provided us with full kitchen appliances and plenty of room.

* Food:

Any food experience that was bad, was my own fault because my cooking sometimes flops. Aside from that, the food in Dublin is amazing. I highly recommend Beef and Guinness Stew or Pie.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

All of my classes were mainly filled with Irish students, so I felt very integrated into the Irish culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

IES very clearly described the health options available to us and kept us very informed. One of my friends had bronchitis while we were abroad and IES was very quick to help her get the care she needed.

* Safety:

I never once felt unsafe in Dublin and the IES center kept us updated on any events happening in countries we were travelling to.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Around 50-100 dollars.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If you're trying to save money, don't go out as much! Make your own food and have fun nights in to save a couple dollars here and there. It all adds up in the end!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local 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?
  • How helpful and friendly everyone in the IES center was
* What could be improved?
  • Honestly, nothing.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Rainboots are not a thing in Dublin. You will stand out if you wear them! Aside from that, don't worry about trying to fit in based on what you wear, as soon as you open your mouth people will know you're not a local!

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!