Best Experience Ever Past Review

By (Communication Arts, Marywood University) - abroad from 01/20/2015 to 05/20/2015 with

University of Limerick: Limerick - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Study abroad was the scariest, coolest, most thrilling and most fun thing I have ever done. I learned so much about my favorite culture and many others too. The things I learned while abroad are things I would never be able to learn at home and it's an opportunity of a lifetime. To travel on your own and be so independent at this age is amazing and I believe everyone should do it. Through meeting so many great people from all over the world I have learned a lot about myself and my place in the world. The world is a whole lot smaller now and I will have these experiences with me for the rest of my life. I am so thankful for this opportunity and it has changed my life in the best way possible. Study abroad is the best thing someone our age can do so easily and it's a priceless adventure.

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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.

All my lecturers were very helpful during class and willing to stay and answer all my questions after class. I had trouble in the beginning especially, because they weren't answering emails. But I learned it was better for me to ask questions in person and they helped me. It was a little difficult to adjust to the different way the courses are taught, but the teachers were especially helpful to the international students.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The conditions were not the most luxurious, but it was fun and convenient living in student accommodation.

* Food:

Meal plans were not a thing here so you're on your own for food. There are plenty of delicious places to eat on campus, but it's quite expensive. There was a grocery store close by and all student accommodations have kitchens so it's not bad.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

This is what you make of it. I was very integrated with the Irish culture because I put myself out there and made it happen. Although some international students were put in housing with Irish people, I was with all international students. I got to know my neighbors and met Irish people through the clubs and societies I joined. Irish people are very friendly and hanging out with them is the best way to really absorb the culture. It's easy to make friends with Irish people but I know a lot of people who only hung out with people from their country, so I guess it's based on personal preference.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I had a very good experience with healthcare. I got very sick with a viral infection and gingivitis when I was in Italy for spring break. When I got back to Ireland, I went to the walk-in clinic off campus (right next to my student accommodation). I asked to make an appointment and asked if they took the insurance I had. She gave me an appointment for the next day and all I had to do was go to the insurance company's website and fill in a request for an appointment and it was approved. The doctor was quick and helpful and gave me a prescription for the pharmacy which is right next to the clinic. And the insurance covered the appointment, there was no copay. I just had to pay for the medication.

* Safety:

Limerick has a reputation for being unsafe, but I did not feel unsafe at any time. I went to the city at night, I was in the area where nightclubs are, and I always felt fine. With any college campus, there are dangers, but as long as you're hanging with the right people you're fine. Some house parties off campus were crazy but if you don't put yourself in those situations you won't be exposed to it.

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)

It depends on what you're doing. If you go out drinking a lot your money will fly away. If you eat out a lot, you'll be broke fast. I suggest cooking at home and drinking at home, too. It's okay to indulge but most of my money went towards traveling. I can't put a number on how much I spent per week because I wasn't doing the same things every week. But a typical school week I'd say maybe $150 or less and I spent a lot of money on a lot of things I didn't need to. My spending habits were a little crazy here (you only study abroad once) so I would prepare to spend more than you need to. Think about the souvenirs you'll want to buy, the cost of transportation if you plan on traveling, and make sure you have enough to treat yourself to a pint or two.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Cook instead of eating out!! Groceries are so cheap, I realized I was making myself meals that cost like 2 euro to make where I'd be spending at least 10 euro at a restaurant. It's fun to cook, too and you can get all your friends together in your house for a meal. Also, if you're going to a pub or clubbing, drink before. Have a predrinking party with all your friends before you go out so you're not spending a fortune because drink is so much more expensive when you're out. Also, if you have a good group of friends, it's fun just to have a house party. They're not strict about it on campus as long as you're not too loud and you're not smoking indoors. Also, pre-plan any transportation if you're traveling so you get the best deal. Make sure you pay attention and read the fine print with traveling, too, so you don't make any mistake and have to pay ridiculous fees. But the biggest thing is to go out less so you can spend more money on traveling and buying things to bring home!


* 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?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • the international integration
  • the classes and lecturers' helpfulness
  • the irish culture
* What could be improved?
  • make sure all internationals live with at least one irish person in accommodation
  • more travel advice during orientation
  • more forced mingling with orientation
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It's not as scary as it seems. Well, it is scary to leave home for so long but it's fine once you're here. I missed my parents and friends but I had a whole new life here and I was in a separate world having the time of my life. I really matured on this trip and growing up is scary but it's also one of the best things ever. Also, I wish I saved more money for this trip than I did. It's so cheap and easy to travel all around Europe while you're here, and you don't always get this opportunity. You can go to a new country every weekend if you have the money. Also, give yourself enough time. I booked my flight home for 3 weeks after my school ended but I wish I had more time. So I would wait to book my flight home until you are here and know what you'll want to do after the semester. I know a lot of people who are spending another month abroad traveling all around Europe before going home. I know four months away is a long time, and although I miss home, I could definitely stay another month. There is so much to do, so save up as much money as you can, way more than you think you need, because there are amazing opportunities you'll have that you'll never have again so make sure you have the time and money to do what you want while you can. I'm broke after this trip and going to have to work hard & often when I go home but it was worth it because I know I'll never have the opportunity to see and do the things I've done at this age again.

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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.