Walking across cobblestones is hard but we pretend it is not. Past Review

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 08/27/2019 to 12/18/2019 with

Trinity College - Dublin: Dublin - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned mostly about how to situate myself globally and how to adapt to a different culture, a different sense of humor, and a different mode of conversation, as well as how to manage my time and manage a commute. I absolutely fell in love with Ireland and with Dublin and it 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.

* 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

Trinity made it possible for me to challenge myself as much as I wanted. The library's resources were vast, and having access to the entire city of Dublin made all the time I didn't spend in class or at home immersive and eye-opening.


* 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? $100


* 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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  • Dorm
  • Other
  • Apartment
  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • 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?
  • Dublin as a city was not super touristy and felt very lived-in, so that by the time I had left I felt like I belonged and I had a place and a stake in Dublin and in Ireland.
* What could be improved?
  • The housing situation is less than ideal. Dublin is in the midst of a housing crisis and the housing available to us was incredibly expensive and is a part of the process of horribly gentrifying the Liberties.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish that I had gone out to Sandycove first, because the people at the Joyce tower were lovely and would have given me a good place to go back to and make more connections.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!