Dublin Adventure Past Review

By (University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill) - abroad from 06/06/2018 to 07/21/2018 with

IES Abroad: Dublin - Irish Studies

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was absolutely worth while. I learned about a new city and got a sense of traveling alone and being independent. I learned that its easier than I thought to connect with different people and that traveling with people who share the same interests can make the experience so much better.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

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:

The food was not provided by the program. We were responsible for feeding ourselves.

* 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 memories and friendships I created in Dublin are ones that I will always cherish and never forget.I would tell future students to embrace every moment of being abroad. It went by so quickly and I would love to go back even to just hangout with those same people again. I feel a lot more confident after this experience. I talked to people of different culture and even made friends with some people who I found very different than myself.

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? 1,000
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try not to each out too much. If possible go to a grocery store and buy your own food, it will save so much money!

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?

Select all that apply

  • 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 staff and classes
  • the location
  • the people I met
* What could be improved?
  • More mandatory meeting beforehand
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew more about the weather and night life in Ireland. I brought a lot of the wrong clothes and had to do some shopping there.

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.