An Experience to Never Forget! Past Review

By (University of Tulsa) - abroad from 01/02/2017 to 05/05/2017 with

IFSA: Galway - National University Ireland

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained independence to live with people I didn't know and be responsible for everything I wanted to accomplish in the short five months.

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 Psychology courses I took were intense, but the Archeology of Irish Castles was my favorite class.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The on-site administration was there for everything: when I got sick as well as bringing our American group of students together. The orientation was very important as well.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My apartment was fine, it had 3 double bedrooms with a living room and a small kitchen.

* Food:

Irish soda bread and vegetable soup!!!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Living with Irish students was very helpful in integrating me 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

If I were to do it all again, I would always chose IFSA. I was engaged with the IFSA staff and they were there for orientation into the country and settling us in housing and on campus with classes. Yet, I got to engage with the local Irish students as I lived with two and took all of my classes at the local university.


* 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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Staff
  • Galway as a city
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had known that I would be able to take two Irish culture classes because they were my favorite!