Best summer of my life! October 14, 2015

By (Politics/Sociology, New York University) - abroad from 07/04/2015 to 08/15/2015 with

New York University: Dublin - NYU Summer in Dublin

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was incredibly worthwhile. I didn't have time to spend an entire semester abroad, but the opportunity to spend six weeks in Dublin more than made up for that. I gained a better understanding of Irish Culture, Politics and Sociology, and I had the opportunity to meet and talk to a number of local citizens about what I had been learning in the classroom.

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.

Studying abroad in Dublin was absolutely one of the best experiences of my life. Not only did I meet some incredible classmates, friends, professors, and administrators, we also had the opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful and historic sites in Ireland. It gave us the chance to visit Ireland in wonderful way - by allowing us to learn about topics and events in the classroom and then bringing us to the places we learned about and bringing our classwork to life. Beyond that, the program gave us a number of opportunities to bond as a group and to explore on our own. Our activities and excursions were well-planned and organized, but gave us ample opportunity to see and explore what interested us most. I HIGHLY recommend Summer in Dublin.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The opportunity to stay on campus at Trinity College in the heart of Dublin was absolutely invaluable.

* 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

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)

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Weekend/Day Trips
  • Classes and Material Covered
  • Classmates/Professors/Administrators
* What could be improved?
  • More time at specific sites/Cities during Weekend Trips
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had known how much of the excursions involved hiking/walking/traveling in the Irish wilderness. While I packed and was well-prepared, I think its important going into the experience to know that hiking-boots or sturdy sneakers are a definite necessity.

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.