I feel that it was an excellent experience that will last a life time. Past Review

By (University of New Mexico) - abroad from 07/01/2016 to 07/16/2016 with

Ireland Study Abroad Reflections: Comprehensive Reviews of Past Programs

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I think that the most important lesson that I learned is that it requires a great deal of patience and self control to contend with so many different personalities.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

There were a lot of reading and lecturers. We wrote in journals. and we study architecture and culture.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I thought that the on-site administration did an excellent job. I would have like to have had a little more interaction with the faculty and students at Mary Immaculate College. I wish we could have sat in on a few classes.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I was pretty satisfied with the living arrangements. We had private rooms and that was a pleasant surprise.

* Food:

I think that there should been a few more meals provided for us. This was a very expensive trip and constantly having to buy food made it even more expensive.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt very integrated with the local community. I think that we could have a bit more of the interaction with the local community, but overall I was happy with it,,

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I don't think that there were any health issues so there is no real way to evaluate it.

* Safety:

I felt that the city was very safe. We had a lot of young women who ventured out on their own, and I didn't hear about anyone feeling unsafe.

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

I would. I though that the program was just long enough. We had a chance to visit Belfast and Moor Cliffs. I was very happy with the program


* 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)

I didn't have a problem, but I own a business, and my husband is an engineer. I do know that some of the students were running out of money fast.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I'm sure that I spent over 100.00 each week on food.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Bring more money then you think that you will need and pre-purchase at least two of your meals each day.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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  • N/A
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • I liked learning about the local history.
  • I loved meeting with GOSHH
  • I love meeting the Art Therapy people.
* What could be improved?
  • I think that there should have been more interaction with the faculty and students at Mary I
  • I think that there should be more detail about the activities that the students are going to be involved in, and how to dress for it.
  • I think that we should have had at least one day off and several evenings to ourselves.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? There isn't a lot that I didn't expect. I thought that the program was well prepared. I wish we had more information about the activities that we were going to participate in.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Medieval Studies

Course Department:
Instructor: Albreht Classe
Instruction Language: English
Comments: I thought that the course wasn't terribly challenging, but it was interesting. I liked studying architecture and learning about the history and connection to certain times.
Credit Transfer Issues: I haven't had any issues yet. I am hoping that it all goes well.