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Study Abroad in Ireland or England?
Hi everyone, I have decided to study abroad in the Fall of 2018 but I am having trouble deciding between National University of Ireland Maynooth (Maynooth, Ireland) and Saint Mary's University (Twickenham, England). I was hoping to gain some advice and perspective on this situation from anyone having experienced these two areas or even better the universities themselves. Maynooth is approximately 30-40 minutes from Dublin and Twickenham, being in South London already, is about the same distance to the centre of London.
A few factors contributing to my decision:
- Accomodation (Maynooth will provide me with a shared flat between 4-5 other students with a communal kitchen, lounge and dining area and private bedroom with an ensuite for approx $4500 AUD, whereas Saint Mary's accomodation is just a private bedroom and ensuite with no shared living areas apart from the large communal kitchennette shared between all students in the hall for approx $6500 AUD) I feel as though the Maynooth accomodation will be more beneficial for the social aspect of my experience, not to mention the drastically cheaper cost, but would love advice on this.
- Modules/Units/Classes (In order to ensure I am taking a full load of classes transferrable at my home university I would need to undertake between 4 and 6 modules/units/classes at Maynooth but only 3 at Saint Mary's) I usually take 5 units at my home university and this is already more than most Australian students and classed as an 'intensive semester' so am not too keen on upping that number and overstressing myself with no free time while abroad.
- Travel (Domestic travel within Ireland seems very accessible and beautiful while London is undeniably a gateway to Europe) I would like to spend any free weekends I have experiencing affordable travel destinations.
- Overall social/emotional wellbeing (I have heard that Dublin is a much more happy and welcoming place than London, but not sure if this is true or not) Ultimately, I will be going away from all my friends and family all by myself for 4+ months and the social/emotional experience is super important to me. I want to be able to integrate well and feel at home in my exchange university.
If anyone has attended these universities themselves I would love to hear thoughts and opinions particularly on the accomodation living situation :)