Have to try really hard to enjoy experience Past Review

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 01/15/2019 to 05/01/2019 with

Trinity College - Dublin: Dublin - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Learned to live in a city, but really difficult social culture. Wouldn't do it again.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Unbelievably expensive.

* Food:

No meal plan, no assistance with kitchen equipment etc.

* 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? No


* 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? $120


* 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? Exchange

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Cultural opportunities
  • Professors
  • Weather
* What could be improved?
  • Cost
  • Checking on students
  • Rental programs for housing equipment
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? If I had not had family in Ireland I would have spent astronomical amounts of money and effort acquiring essentials like bedding, kitchen supplies, and other household items. I couldn't afford to carry all of that from back home and it would be ridiculous and wasteful (and expensive!) to have bought all new things abroad I wouldn't have been able to afford to ship back home either. There should be programs in place for people to rent or borrow very basic supplies abroad.

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!