By (Criminal Justice/ Political Science, Indiana University - Bloomington) - abroad from 09/01/2015 to 12/10/2015 with

IES Abroad: Dublin - Irish Studies

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned about another culture and gained more experience being a swift traveller. It was very worth my semester

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.

Perfect level of difficulty. It left room for travel but also wasn't boring.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The apartment was nicer than my house at school.

* 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

I loved my program. The staff were great, the courses were small and I learned a lot about the culture. The location was perfect and the apartment was so nice.


* 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 depends. Grocery shopping can be very cheap but going out to eat and to pubs adds up.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Unsure.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Book tickets the first weekend you arrive.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
How many hours per day did you use the language? 0
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? My courses were more about learning the basics than using the language everyday as most people in Dublin converse mainly in English

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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  • Americans
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 country itself
  • my courses
  • my volunteering
* What could be improved?
  • integration with Irish students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That I could've joined clubs at Trinity in Dublin

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.