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Name: Kate Shuemaker
Study Abroad Period: Fall 1999
University Attended: University of Ireland, Galway
The university provided a beneficial orientation program upon arrival:
The university provided opportunities for those native to the country:
The Language barrier was easy to overcome: Not Applicable
The university explained the country's educational system (grading
scale, assessment, teaching style, etc ): Agree
Overall quality of the university met my expectations: Strongly
Overall learning experience met my expectations: Strongly
I experienced little or no culture shock upon my arrival: Disagree
I experienced little or no culture shock upon my return home:
Please rate your experience overall: Excellent
What would have better prepared you for your study abroad experience?:
Speaking with anyone that attended that University.
What are the most significant things you learned while abroad?:
Independence/self sufficiency, European culture and history, travel
smarts, overcoming culture shock, experiencing different academic
procedures, developing intelligent worldly views.
Would you recommend going abroad to other students?: Absolutely!! For
all the reasons I mentioned above...plus it's a huge resume builder and
will inspire further travel.
How difficult was it for you to adapt to the environment?: You must
be outgoing, or at least learn to be. Talk to locals, ask for help when
you need it, be aware of the school's resources (especially when finding
Give us an idea of class availability, recommended course load, and what
class you took while abroad: I took 12 credits which was perfect. I
was still on track for graduation (by taking one summer class when I got
back), the course load was manageable, and it allowed me to have Fridays
off to travel on the weekends. I took Business to Business Marketing,
Marketing 101, Statistics, and Literature.
Looking back, provide us with some tips on how you would improve your
experience: Staying longer!
Tuition Cost: approx. $3500/semester
Room & Board Cost: approx. $2500
Amount of Airfare: approx. $400
Approximate Cost of Semester Travel: extensive travel $2500