Great experience, but would not go back. Past Review

By (National University of Ireland, Galway) - abroad from 06/09/2019 to 07/26/2019 with

Ireland Study Abroad Reflections: Comprehensive Reviews of Past Programs

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Great work/research internship skills. Experienced a different culture and made more friends from Lehigh. I think it was 100% worthwhile.

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.

I felt like there was not much help once we were thrown into what we were supposed to be doing.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Not good at all, the kitchen did not work. We were supposed to have a kitchen so we could make food but ours did not work.

* Food:

The food in general abroad was good but I am a picky eater. Also everything was super expensive.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Not really, for the most part we integrated with other American schools.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I didn't have any experience with this.

* Safety:

Very safe place, never was scared or anything. Even when I was alone on runs or something.

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

I loved it, but next time I just want to go somewhere else.


* 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)

It is do-able. I did it, but you just have to be careful. That means that if everyone else goes out for every meal just be aware of what you are spending and if you actually need like 800 shirts or magnets that are exactly the same.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 150ish
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? You don't have spend money when everyone else is.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

There was one class. Mostly an English speaking country.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? na
How many hours per day did you use the language? 0

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • the group
  • the independence
  • the research/work aspect
* What could be improved?
  • the living place
  • the food
  • the overall academic support
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? A better packing list/ pack lighter on the way there so you can easily bring things back.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'