Incredible Past Review

By (Community Health and Preventive Medicine., Illinois State University) - abroad from 05/23/2012 to 06/13/2012 with

IFSA: Limerick - University of Limerick

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Friends and diversity, and yes it was worthwhile :)

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

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


* 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? Yes
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $30.00
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save save save! I went with $1,300 spending cash and I still ran out by the last couple days there, especially with the exchange rate.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
* 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?
  • Being able to meet people from all over and also being able to see where my family started.
* What could be improved?
  • Maybe just make sure that everyone is on the same page with all the information being discussed.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? When I was told that Europeans did not like Americans wish I believed people, because there were some people who were not very nice. But that is just uncontrollable and you will get that at any part of Europe you go to.