Never Try and Keep Up With an Irish Girl Past Review

By (Berea College) - abroad from 01/03/2012 to 05/07/2012 with

IFSA: Cork - University College Cork

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Of course it was! Everyday is a learning experience!

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.

There was no attendance policy, we never had homework or quizzes, and the classes were too large for discussions. I had one paper due in each class and a final exam. There was never any feedback on anything that was turned in and I'm still in the dark about what overall grade I made in the class.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

I bought my own groceries

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I had heard horror stories from the other girls at the school concerning going to Health Services and getting turned away. Fortunately (or unfortunately) I was knocking on death's door by the time I got there that they felt it necessary to assist me immediately.

* Safety:

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


* 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)

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? No
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100 Euro
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? You have to choose between food, alcohol or traveling. You can't do all three. Or two for that matter.


* 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?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
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 independence
  • The housing
  • The time off
* What could be improved?
  • Everything was grand
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I'd known to bring my high heels