A New Home Past Review

By (English Language and Literature, Anonymous University) - abroad from 08/24/2015 to 12/19/2015 with

IES Abroad: Dublin Direct Enrollment - Trinity College Dublin

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned that I was capable of taking care of myself in another country. I can read maps and figure out train/bus/flight schedules. I can get through airport security. I can be independent.

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.

* 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

The direct enrollment was, I think, a huge factor in my overall experience since it allows you to really immerse yourself in the city life.


* 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? 100-200 euros
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy at the cheap stores and in bulk when you can. Try to book travel well in advance so you can get cheap flights and really know the currency of the countries.


* 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
  • 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?
  • Direct Enrollment
  • Food
  • Trips
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing
  • It was perfect
  • Seriously so great
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How horrible the currency exchange in some countries is. Also I wish I had known not to spend so much money in the first week on unimportant things.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.