One of the best experiences I’ve ever had! December 05, 2022

By (Health Science, Sacred Heart University) - abroad from 08/26/2022 to 12/10/2022 with

Sacred Heart University: SHU in Dingle

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I was able to learn about different cultures and see how different each place I visited was. This experience was definitely worthwhile!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Overall, the academic experience was very positive, even though there were a few concerns that were had during my time here. These were addressed with the best resources available.

* 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?

Dingle is the most welcoming place I have ever visited. Locals, people who work in the shops and restaurants are so kind and helpful.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I never felt unsafe while living in Dingle.

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

I would most definitely study abroad in Dingle again! I would probably try to take a smaller course load because at times it could get overwhelming, but everything else was amazing.


* 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? $150-$200


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Other
* 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?
  • Location
  • Travel
  • Activities
* What could be improved?
  • Professors
  • Program preparation
  • Meal plan/money
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had prepared myself better for how to balance school along with all of my other experiences.

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.'