I mean...its Ireland...what could go wrong? Past Review

By (Theatre Arts, California State University - Chico) - abroad from 09/16/2012 to 05/31/2013 with

USAC Ireland: University College Cork - Undergraduate Courses

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Life lessons learned. Self discovery, new culture, experience of a lifetime.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Grading system is different. Less possibility for good grades.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They are very helpful, even if their system is unorganized.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Price was the best thing about it. I wish the program had helped or given me more living arrangement options. Saw some much nicer places.

* Food:

Food is ALWAYS good.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The Irish are very fun and lively. Integration is easy.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The school its self was more helpful than the program.

* Safety:

Way safe. No rapes or murders...the occasional drunken brawl but no big deal.

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)

Shits expensive here.

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? cook at home. drink at home...then go out.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local 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? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • people
  • place
* What could be improved?
  • living arrangements
  • price
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I guess what things are hard to get and which are easy. English speaking country but still a language barrier in the way we use the language.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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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.