Best experience of my life! Past Review

By (History and Social Sciences, Illinois State University) - abroad from 05/23/2012 to 06/13/2012 with

University of Limerick: Limerick - Summer School Programme

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was definitely worthwhile. I learned so much about the Irish culture. It was great to experience it first-hand. Interacting with the locals was very exciting. I was surprised as to how nice the locals were. I learned to be independent and now I know I can go abroad by myself again and I will be okay!

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


* 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)

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 20 to 30 euros
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? It is really great to set a goal of bringing a good amount of money you took to Ireland, back home. That way you know how much you are spending and what you have left. I brought back just a little less than my goal. So I think I did great. Definitely do this!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • 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?
  • The people in the program
  • The cultural shock when in Ireland
* What could be improved?
  • The communication between ISU and UL
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? A good idea of how much money you would be spending there.