It was a great academic and confidence building on all levels. Past Review

By (Anonymous University) - abroad from 06/29/2017 to 07/22/2017 with

University of Galway: International Summer School

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned that Americans really do not know the mindset of a country and reading about it only takes you so far.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Very pleased with a locked room, en suite, and clean laundy several times a week

* Food:

The school did not have any dinner facilities so we had to go to Galway City for an evening meal every day or cook. The shuttle bus did help.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

very please with the country's hospitality and helpfulness.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I did not have a problem with health care there.

* Safety:

The host city provided cab, bus and shuttle bus services. The lighting and streets were paved.

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


* 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)

I ran into a problem with my debit card not working to get withdrawals and complained to my bank. That was the biggest problem for me.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? around 50 euros with grocery shopping and university cafe meals.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Overall, try to go grocery shopping early and spend one meal cooking in the evening. It really cut down expenses.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? beginner
How many hours per day did you use the language? 0
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Probably some kind of immerson like a skit or audio of a play but I think hearing the language could help.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* 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?
  • different lecturers
  • day trips
  • school visits
* What could be improved?
  • better food choices on campus
  • rubric for final project
  • access to campus opportunities like lecturea and films
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I just wish I knew how important to pace the schedule as we were in a classroom for many hours each day with the exception of day trips which were great.