nice town, but look into UCD maybe? January 05, 2024

By (Economics, Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/04/2023 to 12/15/2023 with

Trinity College - Dublin: Dublin - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained valuable experience in living independently, adapting to a new city and academic structure, and traveling alone and with others. I think it was worthwhile overall. I also really enjoyed some of my classes and learned a lot from them.

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.

The classes were interesting but support systems and feedback were severely lacking.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The visiting students program seemed understaffed or did not anticipate the number of students who would be attending orientation programs. Administrative tasks were functional but time intensive.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Off campus student housing was expensive but nice enough. The University does not guarantee housing but was able to secure it for single semester students (albeit with much stress and uncertainty and at the last second).

* Food:

Highly recommend Lidl for groceries, food was not prohibitively expensive especially if you're mostly cooking for yourself.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I was able to feel somewhat integrated into the culture of some campus societies and with my roommates, but less so with the local culture. Classes are large and provide less of an opportunity for meeting people than tutorials, which are infrequent depending on the course.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I didn't have a notable healthcare experience. I was able to successfully get cold medicine for my roommate from the pharmacy and that wasn't too expensive. I sought campus mental health support and that was free but understaffed (would recommend joining the waitlist sooner rather than later if you think you will want support).

* Safety:

For the most part, on a day to day, the city felt very safe, with the most glaring example to the contrary being the riots in late November. I think TCD did a decent job reacting to the situation and offering help to students on campus, but it is worth noting and the city did feel different and had a more visible police presence for the remainder of my time there. My safety advice would be largely the same as any other city -- be aware of your surroundings, especially in busy areas, and it's helpful to have access to immediate or local information whether through friends or neighbors or social media to hear about and keep track of developing situations.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

TCD is a much larger school than I'm used to and that was somewhat expected, but I didn't anticipate the almost complete lack of feedback in most of my classes. There were very few assignments going into each course's grade and beyond that the assignments I did submit I received little and belated feedback for them (almost two months since submission).


* 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)

Housing was by far the most expensive thing. Groceries were extremely affordable and everything else is variable. If you get a student/youth pass for transit everything is half fare in Dublin, as well as some trains going to other cities -- very worthwhile to look into.


* 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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  • 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Location
  • Course material
* What could be improved?
  • Administrative communication
  • Academic feedback
  • Academic structure
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That not only administrators but lecturers and professors will be very scarce in communication. Additionally, you can only register for courses within your stated fields of study, so listing only a major or major/minor might not provide the breadth of potential courses you are interested in.

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!