Freshman Fall in Dingle

Kathryne Stowell

Exercise Science

I've always wanted to study abroad but being an Exercise Science 3+3 major I new it would be difficult with my workload. The Freshmen Fall abroad program was perfect because I was able to go abroad while staying on track with my courses. I was a little nervous at first but going abroad, especially to Dingle, Ireland, was one of the best decisions I've ever made, because I feel I learned a lot more about myself then I would have on campus my first semester. I gained independence and confidence in myself through daily activities and my travels through Europe. I was able to experience real Irish culture and see some of the most breathtaking views, all while forming long lasting friendships and gaining memories that will last a lifetime.

Kaitlyn Dilk


I had an amazing time studying abroad in Dingle, Ireland. We did a lot of activities as a group such as hill climbing, horseback riding on the beach, and even traveling to Galway to see the Cliffs of Moher and to Dublin to explore the city. I loved the pubs and the little shops, and being so close to the ocean was beautiful. This was definitely an experience I will never forget.


Pre-Fall Heart in Ireland

Joe Laspina

Communications and Media Studies

I have found my study abroad experiences to be very beneficial. The first thing I did before starting school was the Pre-Fall program in Dingle Ireland. This was a very good thing for me, as it helped make the transition to college easier and allowed me to meet other freshman like myself. Through my first travel abroad experience I gained friends who I still remain in contact with. Dingle was a very beautiful place to travel to. From the Great Blasket Island to the Skellig Michael, the sights I saw were unbelievable and unforgettable. Also I found the whole atmosphere in Ireland to be very different. Everybody seemed to be kinder and more open to others.


SHU in Dingle

Rebecca Lee


My heart belongs to Dingle, Ireland. That quaint fishing town became home in a way I never could have imagined. I was homesick in the beginning but quickly came to love Dingle so much that it was painful to leave. Pictures cannot do it justice. Pictures can't capture the smell of the salt water in the bay, nor the bleating of the newborn lambs as you walk back to the cottages from Main Street. It felt like coming home when we returned to Dingle from our spring break travels to Paris and Barcelona. I felt completely safe and welcomed there, and it was great to get to know the locals on a first name basis. To say I miss Ireland now would be an understatement- looking at the pictures I took makes me want to laugh and cry, and laugh at myself for crying. I am so incredibly grateful to myself for taking that opportunity and staying despite my homesickness. It truly was a once in a lifetime exper ience to fully live in, and not just visit, another country.

Megan Sirois


I had the amazing opportunity of studying abroad with the first nursing class ever at Sacred Heart to be able to go to Dingle Ireland for a full semester. With being a nursing student and having a strict class schedule and curriculum, two nursing professors from SHU had to come over and teach the courses. In Ireland I took the courses Health Assessment, Pathophysiology, Music, Celtic Religion, and History of Ireland. In between all my classes, Sean Pol organized trips and excursions that we went on. These included a trip to London, Galway, Kilarney, Cork and Dublin along with excursions like horseback riding, kayaking, multiple hill walks, surfing, Irish step dancing, Mount Eagle climb and marching in the St. Patty’s parade. On our own, my friends and I traveled during spring break to Barcelona and Paris and visited all the main attractions along with going to a rugby and Gaelic football game in Ireland.

Keara Kirk


Studying abroad in Ireland was the best four months of my life. I got to travel all over Ireland and see such amazing things. From the busy city of Dublin to the small town of dingle, I loved it all. I made amazing friends that I will forever keep in touch with both from SHU and from Ireland. I went on amazing adventures, hikes, and activities and enjoyed the beautiful scenery around me. I can honestly say I am a very lucky and happy girl to be given this opportunity that has impacted my life forever!

Deana Kosmalski


Studying abroad in Ireland was truly a life changing experience. To create a life for four months in another country is incredible. I learned a different life between having to walk everywhere and the severe rainstorms and hail storms (haha). Studying abroad gave me the opportunity to travel to many places including all throughout Ireland, England, France, Spain, and even meeting my mom in Italy for Easter! Something unique I got to do while abroad was have an internship. It was really cool to be able to have a job because it gave me even more of a feel of living there and gave me the opportunity to make greats friends that I still keep in touch wth today! Studying abroad was amazing, and I would love to do it again.


SHU in Dingle - Summer

Thomas Bonelli

Sport Management

Studying abroad was hands down the best decision I have ever made. During my time in Ireland, I met some of the friendliest, most hard working and genuine people in the whole world. Being able to live in a different culture for two weeks is something that I will remember forever. What made this trip even more special is that on top of being in such an amazing place, I was able to gain academic credit for my major. The hands on experience of the Sport Marketing Course was incredible. We were able to help out the local Rugby club with marketing ideas, while also getting insight on running your own business from a local gym owner. If I can give one suggestion to anyone going abroad, it would be to go with an open mind and take advantage of every opportunity you get. In my two weeks I took in all the beautiful sights, met some amazing people and had the best time of my whole entire life.

Samantha Bartol


A typical day for me in Dingle was waking up early and walking into town to go to the Treehouse Cafe with one of my housemates. Our really good friend worked there, so we would go to visit her, and I'd always get soup for breakfast, because Treehouse has the best soup in town. After, we went to Bean, which is a coffee shop, that our friends own and run. We would either study or meet up with friends there. The rest of the day was set aside for exploring, and there is plenty to see in Dingle. A lot of the time I would go for a walk around the marina, or go to collect sea glass at the beach. Tuesday nights were my favorite time of the week, because no matter what was going on, I took a break to relax with local friends that I had made in Nelly Fred's Bar for an acoustic music session. I played my ukulele, they played their guitars, and we all sang together in the corner of the bar, and we all became really close friends that way. It was an incredible experience, and led to Dingle becoming a second home for me.

Monica Arrigo

Exercise Science

I was able to not only take an elective in my major but I was able to study abroad, and make it back before my required summer class started. I loved having class in a gym called WK Fitness, having guest speakers almost everyday made class interesting and interactive. Multiple parts of our class involved activities outside the classroom, like doing an interactive workout, or going on a hike in a historic graveyard, or learning how to play a traditional Irish sport. The class itself was one of my most favorite, when the workload was tolerable and I still had plenty of time to enjoy and take in the beautiful country of Ireland. I made friends that would last a life time, whom I still talk to on a daily basis. I learned so much in my class, from others native to Ireland, and also about myself. This was not only a growing experience educationally, it was a growing experience as an individual. I feel like I gained a better appreciation of others lifestyles and cultures as well as my own. Studying abroad was probably one of the best decision I could have ever made, the other... was choosing Sacred Heart University for my education.

Cathryn Spears


I studied abroad in Dingle, Ireland for two weeks in May. I took a Child Development class during that time and was able to receive college credit. Although my professor was from Sacred Heart, she brought in many guest speakers that were from Ireland and spoke to us about various Irish development topics. Outside of the classroom, I was able to go on hikes, went horseback riding on the beach, traveled to Killarney, and much more. I met locals and was greeted by sheep outside my window every morning! I now have a better appreciation for the Irish culture, all thanks to my study abroad experience.

Liz Bouchard


I always thought I wanted to study abroad, but I had to ask myself, do I want a different academic and culture setting? Did I want to discover more about myself and who I was as a person? My answer to both of these questions was “yes”. So this was a dream come true studying abroad. This trip to Dingle, Ireland was a chance to study in a foreign country. I was able to learn so much and get more out of my study abroad experience by being immersed in this culture. I took the late spring semester for two weeks to get my feet wet. I must say, I can’t wait to go back and stay for a whole semester. The course I studied introduced me to discover new methods of studying and research. What I learned you would not have been able to get the same experience back at SHU. Being in Dingle, I accomplished a lot. Besides getting credits and the academic knowledge, I gained friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.


SHU in Dingle - Winter

Jessica Duthie

Athletic Training

Not only did this trip make me laugh from the minute I woke up to the minute I went to bed every day, it made me happy again and brought me closer to new people. I made friends with many of the local people in Dingle, many people on the trip and learned so much about Irish customs and traditions. I loved the beautiful land that I was able to explore and the memories that got my threw one of the hardest points in my life. Thanks to the Dingle winter trip I learned that not only was Sacred Heart my home away from home, but traveling was a huge passion of mine and something that I hope to do more of in the near future.



John Cabot University

Michelene Scarchilli

Graphic Design

Studying abroad for me was the most eye opening experience of my life. I met so many different people from around the U.S. that attended John Cabot University as well as people from around the globe. Everywhere I went I met someone different and someone who was native to wherever I was. To be able to bond over traveling or a shared interest was absolutely amazing to me. The school part of studying abroad was also very tough to me because I was traveling every weekend, but that was also my motivation; finish this art history homework that's due next week before you travel so when you get home you don't have to worry about it. The most important thing I could say to someone who is studying abroad is to not be afraid. Yes you need to be cautious, but you can't be afraid of the world and what is out there. The possibilities are endless and there is no point in holding yourself back.

Heather Markert


I didn't study abroad with anyone I knew, I left America with nothing but positive thoughts on what was to come. Many people just think about traveling when they think of studying abroad, which was a huge component. I made sure to see a lot of Italy, including Florence, Venice, Sicily, Pisa, Ancona, Naples, Capri, Ostia and obviously Rome. I was able to travel to The Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, and Greece. One of my hobbies is photography and being able to photograph such beautiful places around the world made me the happiest girl on Earth. Overall i wouldn't be the same person today if it wasn't for my study abroad experiences.

Gabrielle Diaz

Health Sciences

My study abroad experience was truly one I will never forget. I was able to spend four months living in the beautiful city of Rome, Italy. I lived in the part of Rome called Trastevere which is such a cute area full of plazas, shops, and food places. I was a 15 minute walk from The Vatican and a 20 minute walk from the Colosseum. While living in Rome, I was able to travel to 23 different cities within 11 countries (Paris, London, Prague, Amsterdam, and Dublin to name a few) with 7 of my new best friends. We shared first time experiences together while eating delicious food and taking hundreds of pictures. Living in Rome and learning the culture taught me so many things that I will never forget. There's not a day that goes by that I do not think about my study abroad experience. I have no regrets with my trip and I hope someday I will be able to make it back.

Anna Leone

Graphic Design

In my time abroad I traveled to 10 countries and 15 cities in total. The four months I was in Rome (or traveling) was unforgettable and I was always amazed by the views and culture of every new place. Each country or city was a new adventure and experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. Aside from the traveling, I learned so much about myself and my major. The professors were superb and were always willing to work with me when I needed help. I could not have asked for a more remarkable experience and I can't wait for my next opportunity to go back!


John Cabot University - Summer

Cristina Cassidy


My study abroad experience was more than I could have ever imagined. I experienced so many different cultures and their way of life. I didn't only go to Rome; I went to Spain, Greece and other beautiful parts of Italy. Getting to explore and travel the world as I did with my friends is something some people could only dream of doing. Going to Europe for six weeks was definitely a dream come true. Yes, at some points it was tough, but getting through all of that was easy because I got to visit some of the most beautiful countries in the world. Ever since my study abroad experience, I appreciate the world and what it has to offer even more than I did before I left. I would highly recommend studying abroad to any future students, it was by far one of the greatest experiences of my life, I would do it again in a heartbeat. If you are a student reading this and are nervous or hesitant about studying abroad, my advice to you is try to overcome that fear and go; if you don't take the leap you'll definitely regret it.

Jillian Labriola


If I could choose one word to describe my experience abroad, it would be UNFORGETTABLE. Studying in Rome for the 5 weeks I was there was the experience of a lifetime and I wouldn't have changed anything for the world. From exploring and photographing the ancient city of Rome in my photography class, to the delicious food and welcoming Italian culture, this program was perfect for me and immersed me into an amazing experience abroad. I absolutely loved being able to study and live in such a beautiful city, where history, knowledge and new experiences were available around every corner. I think one of my favorite things about Rome, other than eating endless pasta, pizza and gelato, was the ability to walk through the streets and pass the Roman Coliseum, Pantheon, or any other ancient roman architecture anywhere you went. I felt safe, unbelievably happy and enriched while going through this experience and I would recommend it to anyone who h as interest in studying abroad.

Heena Damania

Health Sciences

Over the summer, I had the privilege of going to a 5 week program in Rome, Italy. To say it was the best five weeks of my life is an understatement. I met so many incredible people and travelled to some of the most beautiful cities in the world. Rome has the bustle of any major city but living in the neighborhood of Trastevere, it quickly became my home away from home. Gelato, pasta, culture, museums, monuments, these are a few of the things that make Rome such an incredible place to study abroad. It is an amazing feeling living in a city with thousands of years of rich history and culture. Roma is a city that is worth visiting in your lifetime; I am so glad I got to do it during college and meet lifelong friends. I advise everyone to study abroad during college because it truly changes your life and perspectives!