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National University of Ireland, Galway

21 Overall Reviews
4.09 / 5 based on 111 reviews
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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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hnichola
Middlebury College, Middlebury, United States
Literature, Undergraduate, Independent
National University of Ireland, Galway
4.3/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I wish I had understood that incorporatiing oneself into another culture is difficult when one is a student -- more so than if one is working.
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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
4
Culture
4
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
4
Party / people
4
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
It's one of the best in Ireland. It's large but very friendly.
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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
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
2
Final comments
Try as hard as possible to find Irish roommates upon arrival -- otherwise it is very easy to stick with only Americans.
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spanish_eire
Universidad de Oviedo, Oviedo, Spain
Literature, Undergraduate, Erasmus
National University of Ireland, Galway
4.7/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I had been in Ireland before so I was quite familiar with the country, I always knew that it was the ideal place for me. I wouldn't have gone anywhere else.
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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
4
Culture
4
Costs
3
Activities
4
Campus life
4
Party / people
4
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
If Galway is the university of your choice, you're not gonna be disappointed. But take into account that you're gonna experience a different way of living. Therefore, be open-minded and positive (never think your country is the best in everything, it's just different) and try to have fun. Make the most of your Erasmus experience cause it's a once-in-a-lifetime one.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
4
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
Well, the fact that I'm still living in Galway (and I don't plan to leave the place in the near future) sums all up. I'm half Irish at this stage and love it.
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megpc03
Providence College, Providence, United States
Political Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
National University of Ireland, Galway
4.6/5
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
4.9/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Whatever you bring, you will end up wearing all the time and will get very sick of it, so don't stress too much about packing!
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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
4
Party / people
4
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
Galway is one of the most fun cities I have ever visited. While the school itself is not fantastic (the facilities are lacking and it is very overcrowded), the city and the people more than make up for it. You don't spend too much time in school anyway!
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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
4
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
Try to go through a university instead of going independently. I met all of my friends through the program I went through. The weather is not as bad as most people think it is! If you are looking for a completely relaxing, fun, and memorable semester, come to Galway. It is the best decision I ever made!
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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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