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Great experience, but poorly planned and executed.
Overall, the program was good. I got to meet some amazing people and see some amazing things. However, I felt like this program was very poorly planned. On the way to Scotland, no one knew what we would be doing because she was calling places the day we arrived in Scotland. It just felt ridiculous. I felt way too rushed at every place we visited. The only time I felt like a considerable amount of planning had gone into our time was in Ireland with our guide there. She planned better and pretty much taught us during that time. The only thing out teacher told us was that we had journals to do everyday. Ireland was the only place that I felt that I earned any type of academic credits and it was because of our guide and bus driver. They were amazing and very easy to talk to if I had any questions. I have loved everything I have seen, however, I felt like it was just thrown together at the last minute. I also thought it was ridiculous that I had to pay $12,000 for this trip and I couldn't even keep my Oyster card. You would think that somewhere in all that money they would budget to let me keep that as a souvenir. Also, there was really no help in the budget ing department. I was very unprepared to pay for every single meal for the first 2 weeks. I lost a good chunk of my money all on food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
I felt as though the teachers we had were really only wanting to be there on vacation, not for a study abroad trip. One of them was a good teacher. However, I felt like one of our teachers didn't really know anything and that she didn't really want to be there teaching us. She would have rather been out exploring London. I loved the guide we had in Ireland though. She was amazing! I learned so much from her, but she wasn't really our teacher. I learned WAY more from the guides on this trip than the teachers.
Snoozles was a nice hostel and so was the hostel in Dublin. However, Backpackers in Belfast was awful! There were 8 people in a room that probably was only meant for 4. I also ended up getting bedbugs from this hostel. It was terrible! I also paid 4 euros for my laundry to be done and they didn't even do it. The hostel in Edinburgh was nice. It was a little cramped here and the shower was always either boiling hot or freezing cold. It was, however, one of the favorite places we stayed at. Roehampton was a nice living situation as well.
We went to some amazing places. However, we would only get to spend at most an hour at places that you should spend a lot more time at. When we were in Northern Ireland, we only got to spend 20 minutes at Dunluce Castle after we had been on the bus for about 3 hours. The worst was when we were in Scotland. We drove 6 hours to get to Loch Ness and then spent 30 minutes there. We then got back on the bus and drove the 6 hour back to Edinburgh. I felt way too rushed at everyplace we went. I would have loved to have more time at these places because I might never get the chance to go back.
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Reviewed by Alexa Fedrigon on .
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Reviewed by Casandra Morales on .
I enjoyed the town. The people in the there were very rude. Also CIS was totally clueless. I felt like I was going to school through Jackson University not CIS. The housing was nice. I met a lot of people from all over the United States that i know i'll keep in touch with. The classes were okay. They weren't hard but more-so pointless. The food in England was horrible! nothing had flavor! The excursions were pretty great! I enjoyed almost all of them! The beginning of this trip was WAY to overwelming and wore me out so fast that I was over touring London by day 4. It is definately a place to travel to, but I'd never go back for a whole month.
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Reviewed by Cassidy Ellis on .
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Reviewed by Shannon Witte on .
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