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National University of Ireland, Galway

111 reviews
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mcasad
University of California, San Diego, San Diego, United States
Biology, Undergraduate, University of California Education Abroad Program
National University of Ireland, Galway
4.0/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
taking both science and nonscience classes at the same time is difficult, and I wish I had known more about the quality of the science dept here, although it probably wouldn't have affected my decision much.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
3
Costs
3
Activities
3
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
It takes a while to figure out how they have organized things, but it always worked out in the end.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
2
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
From Galway you can take day trips or weekend trips all over for really cheap, so it is a good hub to stay in.
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Diana
Loyola College, Baltimore, United States
History, Undergraduate, through Arcadia University
National University of Ireland, Galway
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings<br> A private grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
Food is about the same price as home. I bought a cell phone and had to use that for all outgoing calls, which got very expensive. But using a calling card helped. Drinks are about the same price as home... but since I went out more often, I spent a lot more. I travelled for 2 weeks consecutively around Europe during spring break.
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Overall, Travel, Telephone, Nightlife:
was more expensive than at home.
Food:
was the same price as at home.
Housing:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
I didn't realize I would be grocery shopping once a week, usually costing me about 30 euro per week. The refrigerators are very small (like dorm fridges) so I couldn't buy a lot at once. Using the computers on campus are free, but I had to pay 10 cents to print each page. You have to pay for everything on campus with cash, whereas at my home university, I use a swipe card and pay at the end of each month. I couldn't find any secondhand books. There are a decent amount of ATMs, I didn't find it necessary to open an account in Ireland. Be prepared to spend a lot of money on nightlife!
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Amy
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, United States
Literature, Undergraduate, Butler University exchange program
National University of Ireland, Galway
4.3/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I wish I had known SOMETHING. I went over a complete blank slate, being the first among my friends or family to travel abroad.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
3
Costs
3
Activities
2
Campus life
3
Party / people
2
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
Excellent place to study if you are a self-motivated learner. Fabulous social scene, though.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
2
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Galway was a great place to start my international experiences. This university setting helped me develop independence in my studies and personal motivation. It may be a different experience for those who are more urbane and better travelled than I was, but for a first international travel experience, I cannot recommend a better place!
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Julie
Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, VA, United States
Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, Undergraduate, University Agreement
National University of Ireland, Galway
4.0/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
More along the lines of cost.
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
2
Culture
3
Costs
3
Activities
4
Campus life
2
Party / people
4
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
A great learning experience for me.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
1
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
2
Final comments
I got to not only learn about another country, but I got to learn about myself. It helped me to gain a love for international aspects and made me want a career on an international level.
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Diana
Loyola College, Baltimore, United States
History, Undergraduate, through Arcadia University
National University of Ireland, Galway
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Home university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
I met a lot of students through living in Corrib Village, the on-camping housing arrangement.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
Our room was an en-suite apartment with 4 single rooms and 4 bathrooms. I had a private room with bathroom and it was great! We had a kitchen and common room with TV, which was a definite plus. It is close to campus but far from town (about a 15 to 20 minute walk.) However it was worth it because I never thought I would have a single. And it was easy to cook in the rooms, which saved money.
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spanish_eire
Universidad de Oviedo, Oviedo, Spain
Literature, Undergraduate, Erasmus
National University of Ireland, Galway
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
I'm actually living in Galway again at present. The on-campus accommodation was far too expensive and I needed a change. I'm happier now living in a lovely apartment in the town centre! It's better value for money
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
even if it was way too dear, I have great memories of the months I stayed there. It gave me the oportunity to live with Irish people and also to make great friends. i don't regret having chosen that accommodation in the first place. But a year is enough, I think.
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