A Semester In Dublin Past Review

By (Journalism, Virginia Commonwealth University / VCU) - abroad from 09/14/2015 to 12/19/2015 with

Ireland Study Abroad Reflections: Comprehensive Reviews of Past Programs

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Discovered my own independence, my love for traveling, and learned how to better communicate across cultures/perspectives. More than worthwhile... I learned more about myself this semester than I have the other 3 years of college.

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.

Relatively average intensity. Registration process was confusing for a lot of students. Professors could be unspecific or vague in instructions, but offered an openness in the classroom. Average on-campus resources.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

On-site administration was present, but could be unreliable to communicate with at times.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Decent dorm/suite style living. Each 2-bed room has its own bathroom (a nice feature), but communal spaces, kitchen in particular, was below average.

* Food:

Only a few meals offered throughout the program.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Didn't feel particularly integrated, as Griffith College is pretty independent and did not house a large amount of Irish students. Features of an international school offer an insight into many cultures at once, however.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Health care very easily accessible and mostly covered by program. No particular health issues present in the host city at that time.

* Safety:

Dublin is pretty safe, as long as you're smart. Typical big city precautions: watch your belongings, walk in brightly lit areas, travel in groups, etc. Area around Griffith feels safe, but there are definitely areas to avoid.

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

The only thing I would change is to possibly pick a smaller Irish city like Galway.


* 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)

Dublin can be a pretty expensive city. Eating out is expensive, and drinks at a bar/pub add up quickly.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? About $100- 150 on average
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Eat at home, make a weekly budget, but know when to treat yourself.


* 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?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • Field trips offered
  • International school experience
  • On-site advisor
* What could be improved?
  • More ability to determine field trip details
  • Clearer course list beforehand
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? To not be afraid to explore/adventure by myself.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.