A Good Bit of Craic Past Review

By (ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS., Trinity University) - abroad from 01/01/2012 to 05/19/2012 with

IFSA: Galway - National University Ireland

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The way of interacting in a different culture, and I daresay it was worthwhile.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The classes, while interesting, lacked a sense of challenge. This was compounded by the fact that few of the home students bothered much about attendance and their assigned work.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Friendly and supportive, although it could take some time before issues were addressed.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Off-campus housing, while fairly basic, provided all necessities and was within a five-minute walk to grocery stores.

* Food:

While most food I ate while abroad in Ireland was hardly gourmet, little could be found wrong with it.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Ireland, when I visited, required no vaccines or other extra health precautions. Thankfully I never found the need the test out health services otherwise.

* Safety:

While I was careful about where I kept my wallet while it was on my person, I felt safe at just about all times and doubt my wallet paranoia was necessary.

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)

If one was careful not to buy anything superfluous, it was possible to live on a reasonable budget. Still, the conversion rate between the U.S. dollar and the Euro still tended to make me cringe whenever I spent any money.

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? No


* 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
* 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Exploring a new country, especially with the time allowed by my schedule
  • The experience of living in a place where I relied far less on the people around me
  • The Butler-chosen trips
* What could be improved?
  • Communicating across program lines (such as Butler to Arcadia, etc)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The general way of interacting with and getting to know Irish students.