Study Abroad in Galway, Ireland : The Best Time of My Life Past Review

By (HISTORY., Fordham University) for

IFSA: Galway - National University Ireland

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Absolutely, between the friends I made and the places I visited, as well as the academic differences which made for a more interesting semesster, it was fantastic. I hope to spend more time in Ireland in the future as a result.

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.

The transition was simple, it was extremely interesting class material, I loved it.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were fantastic, the program was unbelievable. I have nothing to change about it.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The housing authority were a little too strict, as far as other students entering the complex. Other than that it was fine.

* Food:

The food in Ireland is not great but very manageable, cooking for oneself is the best idea.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The trips arranged by the program were unbelievable. I am forever grateful

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Everything was fine, healthcare was easily accessible, and it was a very safe place.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? about 50-75 Euro on food and probably another 50-75 on other expenses.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Nothing was unanticipated.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • International Students
  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The staff
  • The group excursions
* What could be improved?
  • The housing
  • The registration format at NUI-G