Good craic Past Review

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 01/11/2018 to 05/11/2018 with

Trinity College - Dublin: Dublin - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot more about being independent and speaking up for myself, which was definitely useful

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.

The upper level English department classes made me think a lot, but the sciences were entirely stiff lecturing without useful supplements meaning I essentially had to teach myself. If I emailed professors, they would provide vague answers instead of actual help.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Not great at reaching out or getting back through email, but going to them in person they were very responsive.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

It was a really nice community and space. Was a little pricey though

* Food:

I cooked my own

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I was able to interact with locals, but only by really reaching out on my own first.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Not applicable to me, but fairly standard from my peers' experiences

* Safety:

I lived in a more run down part of Dublin but still felt really safe walking along in the day and with other people at night.

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

Despite not loving Trinity's academics that much, the connections I made with the community around me were incredible and the location in the middle of Dublin was ideal


* 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)

Discounting travel to other countries and immigration free, it was fairly easy to support myself. Housing itself was expensive though

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Cooking for yourself instead of eating out and walking as much as possible are great options. Also finding museums, pubs, parks, etc without entrance fees. Always ask for student discounts anywhere you go.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Direct Enrollment

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • 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?
  • My housing community
  • Dublin city life
  • Joining the quidditch team
* What could be improved?
  • Trinity's incorporation of international students
  • Housing expenses
  • More helpful resources pre-travel
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It goes by quickly so make every second count

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.