Irish I never had to leave! Past Review

By (West Texas A&M University) - abroad from 05/31/2017 to 07/01/2017 with

ISA Study Abroad in Galway, Ireland

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned I am a lot more independent then I realized. I learned how much a love and appreciate other cultures. I will go back to Ireland again, I can promise you that!

Review Photos

ISA Study Abroad in Galway, Ireland Photo

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Kate and Ash were so amazing and did everything they could to help the students out!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Food was not included in my program but the food in Ireland was wonderful! Not too expensive either.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I did not have an experience with healthcare. However, other girls in my program did and they seemed very satisfied.

* Safety:

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

I was so nervous to go and leave my family and friends for a month while experiencing a new country alone. However, the friends you make and the on site staff make you feel like you were at home. I made so many memories that I will never forget!


* 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)

Food was not included in my program so I had to by groceries weekly plus the cost to go out to eat. There were also excursions that cost extra. I spent a little over $1000 of my own money while I was there.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I applied for a scholarship which helped a lot! Also if you figure out how much money you are taking to spend you can split that up into how many weeks you will be there and then limit yourself to only spending that much each week.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • 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?
  • On site staff
  • Culture
  • Getting to be independent
* What could be improved?
  • Clarity of how to earn credit
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The world is not as scary as it seems. It is okay to leave your country and experience something new

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.