"This isn't college, this is study abroad!" Past Review

By (Sarah Lawrence College) - abroad from 01/04/2017 to 04/15/2017 with

IES Abroad: Dublin - Irish Studies

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was certainly worth while! I learned a lot about Ireland, about history, international politics, how to travel, the Irish school system, etc. IES did a great job of getting us out and about in Ireland and Dublin. We saw lots of plays, story slams, movies, etc. I appreciated everyone at the IES center, especially Stephen, Jackie, Regina, and Meghan.

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.

It was not as rigorous as my home institution.

* 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? No

I would do a program that involved more culture shock/a language barrier. Also a program with less emphasis on Americans.

Finances

* 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? Not sure
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? $2,000-3,000

Language

* 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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  • 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 IES Staff/Professors
  • Dublin as a city
  • Opportunities to Travel
* What could be improved?
  • More rigorous academics
  • A different professor for a specific immersion writing course
  • More opportunities to meet Irish students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Pack lighter; don't bring Ulysses.

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.