Cloud 9 ! 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?
I gained a taste of cultural newness all over again. The friendships I gained will be irreplaceable and the memories we shared. Not only while learning about Ireland, but we learned about ourselves and how to manage and multitask while learning, taking in the sights and being able to work with people we've never met before. It was most definitely worthwhile.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

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

The experience is something I can always look back at and view with great admiration in that, our group was the first test group to pursue the service learning in Ireland from our home university. It was worthwhile and did encapsulate everything I expected and more within a two week timeframe.


* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I spent close to $100-$200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If you know you are going to be indulging in the local cultures food and shopping, set aside funds well before and do not use until you're in the study abroad location.


* 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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  • Americans
  • International Students
* 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?
  • Cultural Interaction
  • Host School
  • City
* What could be improved?
  • Provided meals
  • Length
  • Itinerary
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I would have set aside more money before hand.

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.