Trip of a Lifetime Past Review

By (National University of Ireland, Galway) - abroad from 06/29/2017 to 07/22/2017 with

National University of Ireland, Galway/ NUI Galway: International Summer School

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I stated and traveled for two weeks after and saw and immersed in rural Ireland! Truly spectacular. I learned about teaching hours and responsibility without included prep hours. Teachers cover 7-12 subjects and are fluent in Irish! I'd love to get certified and come teach here! Special needs are being addressed and autism is prevalent. Educate Together schools are amazing and offering professional development and training.

Personal Information

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

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* 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

Meeting teachers with a common goal was fabulous! We had time to report out and share best practices. The speakers and lectures were amazing, professional, heartfelt and patient. I loved learning about the history of the country and the included field trips.


* 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? 250
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Get a credit card that has no international fees for purchases! I shipped ahead toothpaste, vitamins and protein powder for sizes and soup mix. The homestay was more expensive but completely worth it!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • History
  • Class trips over lectures
  • Long weekend to travel
* What could be improved?
  • More international students
  • Info regarding homestay/ guesthouse
  • Culminating event- class ended and that was it
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Keep an open mind, put yourself out there, talk, share and immerse yourself. You get what you give!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.