Caherconnell Archaeological Field School November 13, 2017

By (Eastern Illinois University) - abroad from 05/28/2017 to 06/10/2017 with

National University of Ireland / NIU: Galway - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned the processes and the intermediate level skills of archaeological excavation. I learned the varied methods used by archaeologists to excavate different types of site and provide experience in a number of necessary skills, including intermediate levels of recovery and recording, feature excavation, and basic excavation responsibilities and team supervision.

Review Photos

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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

* 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

I would choose the same program because I would still need field experience in hands-on archeology.

Finances

* 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? $20
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Do not buy cheap souvenirs and make sure you have cash on hand.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

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

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • 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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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
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?
  • recovery and recording
  • sourcing and interpretation of aerial photographs
  • hands-on experience
* What could be improved?
  • GIS digital processing
  • surveying
  • lectures
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I would have known of the lack of wifi there would be during the program.

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.