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National University of Ireland, Galway

111 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
5.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
My home country speaks English, so I had no language difficulties.
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Amy
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, United States
Literature, Undergraduate, Butler University exchange program
National University of Ireland, Galway
5.0/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
Family<br> Personal savings
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
Living in Ireland is less expensive than living in the US.
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Food, Nightlife, Travel, Telephone, Overall, 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
none
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Amy
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, United States
Literature, Undergraduate, Butler University exchange program
National University of Ireland, Galway
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
Take the seminar courses if you're accustomed to a small student-teacher ratio. The lectures are just that - lectures. Little to no interaction during class.
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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
none
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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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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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Amy
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, United States
Literature, Undergraduate, Butler University exchange program
National University of Ireland, Galway
3.8/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
none
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Amy
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, United States
Literature, Undergraduate, Butler University exchange program
National University of Ireland, Galway
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
I liked the autonomy of living on my own, as this had been my first experience of real independence.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
It was great. Coming from a residence hall at a state university in the US, this was heavenly. It was very utilitarian, but I had more space than back home.
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