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National University of Ireland, Galway

108 reviews
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hnichola
Middlebury College, Middlebury, United States
Literature, Undergraduate, Independent
National University of Ireland, Galway
3.5/5
Academic
Course recommendations
Most of the classes are large lectures, and I would recommend taking seminars whenever possible. Avoid at all costs "Women in Contemporary Irish Society"!
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My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Variety of courses
Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
The system is such that it demands a great deal of independent motivation (unlike colleges in the US) -- to get the most out of classes, one should read as much as possible.
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My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
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megpc03
Providence College, Providence, United States
Political Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
National University of Ireland, Galway
4.5/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Wish I had gone for longer and would love to go back and work.
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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
4
Costs
2
Activities
4
Campus life
3
Party / people
4
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
The International Student Society was more geared towards the European visiting students (ERASMUS). The Americans didn't have an organization that organized trips and outings.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
2
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
Travel light - you can buy almost everything there (towels, cosmetics, clothes). Make sure your accomodation is in a desirable location - can make or break your experience.
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Diana
Loyola College, Baltimore, United States
History, Undergraduate, through Arcadia University
National University of Ireland, Galway
3.0/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
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, Telephone, Travel, 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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spanish_eire
Universidad de Oviedo, Oviedo, Spain
Literature, Undergraduate, Erasmus
National University of Ireland, Galway
5.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
As a student of English in such a demandin university as Oviedo, my knowledge of the language was pretty good so I never had basic problems when it came to understand the locals. But I really improved as regards fluency and the use of informal expressions. I learn a bit everyday as I'm always mixing with Irish people.
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Diana
Loyola College, Baltimore, United States
History, Undergraduate, through Arcadia University
National University of Ireland, Galway
3.0/5
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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megpc03
Providence College, Providence, United States
Political Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
National University of Ireland, Galway
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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Nightlife: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities, Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Galway definitely has an active nightlife. There is always somewhere to go or something to see. Students are everywhere so I don't think you could ever be bored. Although the city itself has so much to offer I would make sure to get out and see other parts of the country - buses and trains are easily accessible.
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