What was the most positive characteristic of your time abroad?
“THE PEOPLE! I met the best people, both American and Irish, in the program and at DBS. They definitely made my experience so fabulous”, Kristyn K., UC San Diego

“My host family”, Deanna P., Wheeling Jesuit University

“I could have never learned what I learned in Ireland in 3 years at home, what I learned in one semester. It wasn’t so much the academics, but more of the “life experience” aspect that I really enjoyed”, Laura B., Lock Haven University
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What kind of student would be best suited for this program?
“A student who loves to walk would be suited for this program! I basically walked everywhere within Dublin, even [to] my internship which was 2.5 miles away. If the student is open to meeting great people, being in a smaller, more relaxed city filled with amazing sights and entertainment, then they would love this program”, Colby R., Marist

“A flexible student willing and open to engage him/herself in a new environment”, Alyse K, Elon University

“As long as a student is independent and has an open mind, he or she will absolutely love the program”, Kristen C., Marist College
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Were you happy with the length of time you studied abroad? Please explain.
“Yes, but I wish I had gone for a whole year. While I LOVED my time abroad, I didn’t want it to end and I found myself wanting to stay when the 4 months were over. If I had to do it over again, I would do it for a year”, Meredith D., University of Iowa

“I think no matter how long I stayed in Dublin it wouldn’t have been long enough for me. A semester is a great amount of time to be abroad, but once you fall in love with a place, you really never want to leave”, Mackenzie A., Elon University

“Three months was a decent amount of time to experience Ireland, but I think that a whole year would have been much better. Many of us felt that by the time we adapted to the new way of life we had to prepare to go home, which none of us wanted to do”, Stephanie E., Mount Saint Mary’s University

“Yes, perfect amount of time”, Alyse K., Elon University

“I was happy with the length of my study abroad. It worked because it gave me enough time to get to know another culture and still maintain obligations that I had at home”, Laura B. Lock Haven University
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Did you do an internship abroad? If so, describe the experience.
“Three days out of the week, I worked for 6-7 hours per day. Since it was a football club, I would also work match days so I could be there for longer than 7 hours, depending on when they asked me to come in. I had such a good time working there. I was asked to participate on club project discussions concerning things like promotions/advertisements and sponsorships”, Phillip Y., University of Florida

“I did an internship abroad. It was a great experience, but a lot of time went into it. I worked everyday from 10:30 until 5:30, but they were very understanding with traveling. It was great to be able to work with people from an entirely different culture and to see how they did things. I was evaluated based on my experience and the amount of hours put in, also on my weekly journals and cultural assimilation papers”, Colby R. Marist College

“It was hands down the BEST part of my studying abroad. I loved the people and the environment and how I got to learn and participate with international business and finance”, Amy C. Washington & Jefferson College

“I did do an internship abroad and it was a great experience. I worked at a primary school in the city and was in a classroom with children ages 4 and 5. I went two days a week for the full school day. I will receive 3 college credits from the internship”, Kate E, Marist

“Yes, the internship was one of the most positive aspects of the program….[it] required 270 hours, which turned out to be about 4 days per week….[and it] allowed me to interact with the Irish culture, to observe the workplace and social interactions and to meet truly wonderful people. Due to the organization being a small, non-profit charity, I was able to take on several projects and responsibilities which helped me to gain valuable skills for the future”, Ashley C. Marist
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What cultural and social adjustments did you have to make when you arrived in the host country?
“Had to adjust to the mellow nature of the Irish people. I am more of a busy, ambitious person and to have the ability to be laid back and open to anything took me awhile”, Amy C. Washington & Jefferson College

“I think the biggest adjustment was the relaxed way of life. Everything in the US is done in a hurry and here you take your time and enjoy things. I think adjusting to the host culture was a lot easier than adjusting back to the US when we came home”, Stephanie E., Mount Saint Mary’s University

“Being in Ireland meant being much more relaxed and easy-going. Whereas as Americans, we were apt to keep busy and go, go, go, we had to adjust to the more laid-back culture and society, where time didn’t mean much”, Lauren F., Mount Saint Mary’s University
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Comments about the host city:
“I absolutely loved my time in Dublin! The city is beautiful, clean and compact, so it’s really easy to find my way around. I really felt comfortable and safe there and the people are so friendly towards foreigners. I enjoyed attending the cultural events, like the St. Paddy’s Day festivities. It was also very easy to travel throughout Ireland….[and] find very cheap and convenient flights from Dublin to anywhere in Europe!”, Shannon M, St. Norbert College

“Very safe, lots to do, good attitude toward foreigners, convenient to get around, lots going on”, Alyse K., Elon University

“Dublin is a fantastic city to live in. I personally don’t like cities, and so when I arrived I was wary and honestly didn’t like it. But as the three months went on, I found myself getting very comfortable with directions and with the shops, restaurants, pubs, etc. By the time we were leaving, I was terribly attached to Dublin”, Lauren F. Mount Saint Mary’s University

“I felt very safe in Dublin. All of the Irish people were extremely friendly and always interested in where I was from. I loved the nightlife and how vibrant it was”, Katelyn R., Lock Haven University
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Comments about housing, meals and the commute:
“We got our meals by grocery shopping and occasionally going out for dinner. This was a satisfactory arrangement; I enjoyed that part a lot”, Stephanie E., Mount Saint Mary’s University

“The neighborhood was quiet and the commute was nice. Granted, it was quite a walk, but you got to spend the morning with Dublin. I loved my walks up and down the Liffey. Just turn on your iPod and give Dublin it’s own soundtrack!”, Mackenzie A., Elon University

“I went to the store and bought [groceries]. It was fine. One of the nice things about the apartments was that cookware is already there for you. Also cooking dinner was always a fun time to talk about your day with your roomies. Dinner was always a social gathering”, Laura B., Lock Haven University

“It was a good experience to be completely on your own and have to buy food and everything in a foreign country. I think it allowed us to adapt better to the culture. I really enjoyed the apartments”, Stephanie E., Mount Saint Mary’s University

“Living in an apartment far away from school gave me so much experience in living on my own and being independent. I had to clean, shop, cook, etc., all by myself. It made me realize that I am able to live alone”, Lauren F. Mount Saint Mary’s University
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Comments/advice about expenses and saving money:
“The best advice I can give is to be extremely conscious of how much money you are willing to spend. If you are like my friends, who said “I’m here, I might as well enjoy myself” (and if you have the funds to live like that), than I would say don’t worry too much about money – it’s only three months. But if you’re like me, and your goal is to be frugal and cheap, then know that it is possible to still have just as much fun. For anybody really worried about money, I managed to spend under $2,500 during the entire semester. My limit was $3,000, so I was happy with that. That money includes all of my groceries, toiletries/accessories/electronics/clothes that I bought there, daily transportation, traveling (including airfare, hostels, etc.) plus gifts for my family and myself. I still went out with my friends, but I just didn’t spend hundreds of dollars a week”, Lauren F. Mount Saint Mary’s University
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Has study abroad changed the direction of your life in any way, academically, professionally, and/or personally?
“Studying abroad made me understand the meaning of the “world”. It showed me the diverse people that live in our world and how I want to continue to see them and their lifestyles. It’s made me think about my future and career and opportunities I have to live and work outside the States”, Amy C. Washington & Jefferson College

“I would say yes, that study abroad had changed my life….I think that I am a more confident persona after this past semester, and I have even had friends at home and school notice the change as well. I’m glad I put myself in a situation to meet new people”, Kristen C., Marist College

“This experience has changed my life in many ways. I have always wanted to travel and now want to continue to travel when I get a job and I would also like to spend a year abroad working…Studying abroad was the best decision I ever made and would do it again in a minute”, Stephanie E., Mount Saint Mary’s University

“Life-changing experience, one of the most personally meaningful experiences of my life”, Alyse K., Elon University

“I am much more aware of my independence. I had never been away from home and my parents, and I realized that although I missed them, I am completely able to take care of myself, and to live in a city. In addition, study abroad made me realize a lot about myself – it really makes me mature faster, because you have to grow up. I am much more aware of culture, and incredibly appreciative of my opportunities to travel”, Lauren F. Mount Saint Mary’s University

“Overall, studying abroad was a great and life-changing experience. It allowed me to become more independent, aware, responsible and self-sufficient. I learned about how to live in a big city, how to manage (and spend) money, how to balance work, school, travel, and a social life. I learned a great deal about myself, and I feel that it helped me to become more mature”, Ashley C., Marist College
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Would you recommend this program to a friend?

“I definitely would recommend this program to any of my friends that want to listen”, Mike P., Indiana State University

“Absolutely, it was the time of my life and I wish everyone could experience what I did”, Kristen C. Marist College

“It has some of the best support people to help along the way”, Amy C. Washington & Jefferson College
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Do you have any regrets?
“Not seeing more of Ireland”

“I would do it all again in a heartbeat”

“YES! – Travel more, do everything, go everywhere! Don’t ever just sit in your room, and don’t every sleep in, because you’ll regret it as soon as you leave”, Lauren F. Mount Saint Mary’s University

“I regret not traveling more throughout Ireland before I started traveling in Europe. I would recommend that students really get to know their host country before traveling to other countries”, Shannon M, St. Norbert College
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