Skylar Platte, Ireland, NUI Galway (History)


  1. What was your biggest fear about studying abroad that turned out to be no big deal?

My biggest fear about studying abroad was not finding housing. It ended up not being a big deal because I applied to be on the waitlist for various student housing and was able to get student housing a month in advance before I left for Ireland.

  1. What do you wish you had done to better prepare before going abroad?

I wish I would have researched more about places to travel abroad so that I could better plan out my trips on the weekends.


  1. What were your favorite classes abroad? How did they compare to UCSB?

My favorite classes that I took studying abroad were the ones about Irish history or Irish culture. Some of my favorite classes included “The Family in Modern Ireland,” “Imagining Modern Ireland: An Introduction to Irish Culture Studies,” “Life and Death of Victorian Britain”, and “Irish for Beginners.” They were very similar to my classes at UCSB because of how the lectures and sections were structured and how we were examined by taking a midterm and a final.

  1. What is one of your best memories from abroad?

My favorite memories abroad were making friends with Irish students and traveling abroad with my new friends that I made on the UCEAP program.


  1. What was your biggest challenge abroad?

My biggest challenge studying abroad was organizing trips to different countries. I think if I was more prepared and more knowledgeable on how to effectively travel across Europe, I would have been more successful in visiting more countries.

  1. What is your favorite aspect of your host culture?

My favorite aspect of my host culture was how friendly and outgoing Irish people are. I always felt welcomed and I loved learning about their history and experiencing their culture.


  1. Did you intern, volunteer, or conduct fieldwork or research abroad? If so, tell us about your experience.


  1. What local food or drink do you miss most now that you are back?

I miss the hardy Irish dinners, especially Irish stew. I was really surprised about how much I loved the food in Ireland.


  1. How have you changed since your time abroad?

My studying abroad experience has made me more assertive and confident in my daily life and has made me more knowledgeable on a wide span of topics.

  1. What is your advice to prospective UCSB EAP students?

I would advise prospective UCSB EAP students to research and plan out your trips far in advance while you are studying abroad. Also, even though studying abroad gives you opportunities to visit and explore other countries, make sure to explore your host country as well! I visited about 12 different cities in Ireland and really immersed myself into Irish culture and I feel that because of that, I got the most out of my study abroad experience.


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