CAS '21 Juliann Barbella

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SA: Trinity College Dublin

Program Abroad:

  • Semester Abroad (SA): Trinity College Dublin

Ask me about...

  • The process of signing up for courses at Trinity. The film studies program at Trinity is so small that I was able to get to know the rest of the third year majors and learn about the modules. Working with the module system instead of our course unit system was challenging yet rewarding.

  • Traveling through Ireland. Because Ireland is a pretty small country, I was able to make the most of my time there and explore the different pockets of the island.

  • Feeling at home abroad

  • How to take advantage of being in Dublin

My Experience Abroad:

During my semester at Trinity College Dublin, I took courses in Film Studies which directly transferred to credits in Cinema and Media Studies at Penn. I was able to view Irish films, better understand Irish culture, and discover film theory through a new lens. My Melodrama, Experimental Film, and Digital Theory and Practice courses included overlapping groups of students who I was able to learn from and get to know. The professors offered interesting insight into alternate modes of teaching, creating films with minimal resources, and thinking outside of the box.

Other Highlights:

  • Traveling to 7 countries and 15 cities during the semester

  • Exploring the local pub scene was a ton of fun! I attended local events every week and truly felt at home in my host city.

  • Making amazing friends who made the time so worthwhile. I still keep in touch with all of them. Everyone was so open to new experiences and the people in Dublin were so incredibly friendly.

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