Matt Kelley ’13
Where did you study abroad and for how long?
I studied abroad at the National University of Ireland in Galway for the 2011-12 academic year.
Why did you choose this country/program?
I have family that live in Ireland, and have always wanted to visit them. I also had an interest in learning about Irish history, so I attempted to trace my own family history while abroad.
Favorite class while there?
My favorite class was my history lecture on Medieval Ireland taught by Daibhi O. Croinin.
Favorite outside-the-class experience?
The Saturday farmer’s market right in the city center was a great place to get local produce as well as experience “authentic” Irish culture. I also got involved in mountain climbing, which is something I never thought that I would do. That experience was one of the most rewarding experiences I have from going abroad. I also was able to travel to other parts of Europe and see many places that I thought I would never see.
What did the opportunity to study abroad mean to you as a Providence College student?
Going abroad was the best decision I ever made. The experience of a new culture was invaluable to me. The experience of a different learning environment, as well as different teaching methods has given me deeper insight. I also gained a new perspective in which to approach my education and general outlook. I would not trade my experience abroad for anything, I was able to travel and see parts of Europe that I have always wanted to see and was able to see many of the places I have often read about or studied in my history classes. I also made great friends from other countries, and I still hear from them regularly. I am very thankful that I had the opportunity to go abroad and experience everything that I did. I would strongly encourage anyone considering studying abroad to do so. It can be truly life-changing.