A great program and educational experience Past Review

By (Knox College) - abroad from 01/03/2018 to 05/26/2018 with

IES Abroad: Dublin Direct Enrollment - Trinity College Dublin

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My experience abroad was definitely worthwhile. I learned so much about Irish culture and history and really enjoyed getting fully involved in the Trinity College community through joining the ultimate frisbee team. I was able to take classes with local and other international students and travel with them all over Ireland. The classes were very challenging and focused on self research and accountability. That really helped me actually focus and learn the material.

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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.

Trinity College Dublin is a very rigorous college experience

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I wish I got to see them more, being directly enrolled I felt like I was on the sideline sometimes when it came to IES events

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Binary hub was beautiful!

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I got sick and needed to see a doctor on the weekend, the office was able to help me easily through text message and provide me with a location that could get an appointment with online.

* Safety:

Keep your belongings safe when walking, don't just stay glued to your phone, and don't walk home alone late! Someone in my group got their wallet stolen.

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

I did a lot of research into my study abroad opportunities in Ireland and I am glad I choose IES and Trinity college because they staff was great and education was tough.


* 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 can be expensive, especially at the very beginning when you need to get the basics.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 75
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Lidl is fantastic and cheap for getting food! Get your food the day of with a plan because everything goes bad quicker due to less preservatives.


* 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
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?
  • Trinity society/club involvement
  • Meeting other students in IES and Trinity
  • Walking everywhere
* What could be improved?
  • More communication between staff and direct enrollment students
  • More preparation about expenses
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? More information on expenses, such as an itemized list with example prices for doctor visits, food, transportation, etc.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Networker
An active student leader, it was important for you to network abroad as well. Once overseas, you sought out student clubs, volunteered with local organizations, or attended community events. You encouraged your friends join you, and often considered how you could reflect your international experiences in a resume.