Taught me about myself Past Review

By (University of New Mexico) - abroad from 06/30/2016 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?
Not only had i made some great friends, i also have some insight on another cultures sense of community, there are somethings i'd learned that id like to hold on to and carry with me and hopefully apply to other communities

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.

Very educational, not only in the Medieval aspect but also in global/ community involvement.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Host country was very welcoming and well prepared for our arrival. Had plenty for us to do, i was never bored.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

It was minimal but had everything we needed, in a great area that was safe and made it easy to walk to and from town.

* Food:

I loved the food, very different from what i am accustomed to.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt very integrated into the local culture, the people were very friendly and more than willing to discuss their culture with us and also wanted to learn more about ours.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

i did not have any healthcare assistance, but it was made clear to us where we could go.

* Safety:

Very safe area, i felt more than comfortable walking around town with friends.

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

This was an excellent program that involved us more in the community rather than seeing what tourists see. By the end i felt apart of the community and had made many local friends.


* 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)

2.5; thankfully we were provided food a lot of the time, but i can imagine that if i were expected to purchase all my food i would need more money than i had.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
  • Other
* 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?
  • Professors
  • People
  • Exploring
* What could be improved?
  • More description of what we will be doing
  • Maybe an idea of what to bring (for example; working clothes, hiking boots etc...)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? that we'd be doing more hiking/ walking around than i originally expected

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.