The Summer Like None I've Ever Seen Past Review

By (Texas Christian University) - 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?
I learned how to navigate and travel through a populated city on my own, buy my own food and prepare meals, as well as plan with others on where we would travel within the country as well as more. 100% totally worth it!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

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:

* 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

Summer abroad was amazing, and perfect for the time I had available during the summer months to take care of classes as well as study.

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy from the grocery store for food, especially if you want to save money in the long term. Eating out tastes and feels great, but starves your wallet and bank account! Average about 80ish euro a week for groceries and you should be fine to go out every so often.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The people I met
  • The country I traveled through
  • And the food I ate
* What could be improved?
  • All good!
  • Maybe one or two more student guide events!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew just how amazing the people I'd wind up with were and are, and to focus more on building relationships with them as well as my school work.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.