Amazing Memories Past Review

By (Pennsylvania State University - University Park / Penn State) - abroad from 06/05/2017 to 04/15/2017 with

IES Abroad: Dublin - Irish Studies

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I definitely learned to relax a little bit and really take in where you are. Being able to travel opened me up to so many different cultures and lifestyles.

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.

I was able to not only studying classes that were similar to my major but also expand my knowledge on Dublin and the Irish culture as well.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I caught a cold while I was there and everyone through IES was more than willing to help me whether it was a doctors appointment or just a smart pharmacy to go to. They were always willing to help.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

We were in a brand new building in south Dublin. The location was a little iffy but the building was very nice.

* Food:

Dublin is such an international city that there are different cuisines from all over the world. Fish and chips are a must-have while you're there.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt very integrated. People loved to talk and get to know you especially if you were at a pub sitting at the bar. I met so many interesting people while I was there.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

As stated above doctors appointments were very easy to come by and the program leaders helped you out.

* Safety:

I felt very safe in Dublin. Just using common sense like keeping aware of your surroundings and not walking by yourself at night is good to keep in mind.

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

I loved all of the people on my program. Even though we were all American we were able to bond so much living in the same building and taking classes together. I wouldn't change it.

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)

Pricing was never crazy expensive especially for groceries.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? around 200 to 300 dollars
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? When traveling really think about where you want to go. Don't waste money on a trip you aren't that interested in because you could invest in it elsewhere.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
  • Hotel
* 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • City
  • People
  • Food
* What could be improved?
  • Housing location
  • Length of Classes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I did not need as many shoes as I brought with me. I probably used only 4 pairs constantly.

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.