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Incredible experience, but some difficulties could be avoided
Studying at DCU was an incredible experience. You are more integrated with Irish students, especially socially, than in most places. It is an adventure to figure out how to live in Dublin that is both challenging and rewarding. The cultural experience that I had is in no small part owed to Ireland. The Irish people are colorful, friendly and are totally irreplaceable.
Not all teachers were prepared to handle study abroad students who are outside the normal programs DCU offers
Kind of far outside of city center, but close to DCU and reasonably close to a grocery store
There wasn't as much support from the host university about getting study abroad students involved with campus activities past orientation. However, integrated classes was a great experience.
I essentially learned to cook for myself during my study abroad experience.
I got mono while abroad, and there are definitely resources for students in need.
The towns outside of Dublin, such as Howth, Bray or Greystone are great spots most tourists don't get to see!
Other Reviews on CISabroad - Semester in Dublin
CISabroad - Semester in Dublin Craic Kills
Reviewed by Nathan Schwartz on .
Let me begin by saying there is no way to describe a semester abroad in one little comment box. It just can't be done and give any justice to the breadth and depth of the experience. That being said each person's experience is their own. If your coming for the pubs, your in the right town for sure. If your coming to meet Dubliners, hit the pubs and you won't be able to avoid them! If your coming to follow James Joyce's characters, it truly is worth the trip. If your coming for academics....you may wish to look elsewhere haha. This is a city of experiences, you can grab them or not, and invariably you will have to pass on some, but the choice is yours. If culture shock terrifies you than let me pacify those fears, Ireland is Westernized enough to feel familiar but it also has it's own identity that makes the entire trip exotic.
CISabroad - Semester in Dublin Dublin is great
Reviewed by Eric Engelken on .
Dublin was a fun city, it rains a lot and the weather is so unpredictable here but it has many good qualities about it. It's fairly international and has many great pubs and clubs for night life. It tends to be more expensive than most european cities but overall its a city that has great character and the people in general are very kind and funny.
CISabroad - Semester in Dublin Immersing yourself within a group of international friends
Reviewed by David Fidrych on .
It's definitely a really good idea to kind of branch out from what you know you'll be comfortable with. When I first got here, my idea was that I can hang out with Americans in America, so I tried to branch out a bit from the core group of Americans. I've still got a bunch of really good American friends in CIS and some other study abroad programs, but you just have to think about why you came away in the first place.Act natural, the friends will come to you and friendliness definitely pays off.
CISabroad - Semester in Dublin Ireland was the best choice I could have ever made.
Reviewed by Kaley DeBoer on .
Ireland is an incredible place to study abroad, you get a whole new cultural experience without being too overwhelmed. Also, you meet many people from all over the world who have traveled to Ireland to also study. I've learned more about my self, my country of origin, and people form other parts of the world in 4 months than I have in my entire life. Not to mention, that once in Europe, you can travel anywhere for a very reasonable price; on top of exploring Ireland, I went to France, Spain, and Belgium. To say goodbye to this country will be hard, but it only makes me more curious to leave and travel to other places.
CISabroad - Semester in Dublin The Irish Experience
Reviewed by Lauren Qualters on .
Dublin was such an amazing experience! I met amazing people, had amazing adventures, and made memories that I'm going to have with me forever. Everyone is so welcoming and instantly make you feel at home. I'm not looking forward to leaving, but I know that one day I'll be back!
CISabroad - Semester in Dublin Amazing Experience
Reviewed by Julie Harris on .
Studying abroad in Dublin was a great choice for me, and one I'm glad I made. The school is a short bus ride away from city center, so it is easily accessible. The nightlife is great, and there will never be a dull night in town.
The classes and grading system are much different in Ireland than in the U.S., as professors put more emphasis on students learning on their own.
The friends and memories I have made here will last a lifetime.
CISabroad - Semester in Dublin I loved living in Ireland but the program at DCU was not up to par.
Reviewed by Allison Shubert on .
I had an amazing time studying in Ireland. I met so many people and went to many different countries. It was an amazing semester!
CISabroad - Semester in Dublin Heads up
Reviewed by Sarah Lilly on .
Dublin is a city with a small town vibe, but it's still a city. Keep your wits about you.
CISabroad - Semester in Dublin Ehh
Reviewed by Maggie Siegler on .
Loved the experience, not so much the program
CISabroad - Semester in Dublin An absolutely amazing experience!
Reviewed by Melissa Brennan on .
I am so happy that I was able to study abroad out here in Ireland. It was a truly wonderful experience; the atmosphere is great, Dublin City University is great, and most importantly the people are great. I would definitely recommend this trip to people. :)
CISabroad - Semester in Dublin Life in Dublin
Reviewed by Molly Carbin on .
Overall it was a great experience coming to DCU through CISabroad. For the most part it was well organized and I feel as though they did a lot for me in terms of getting me situated as a student at DCU.
CISabroad - Semester in Dublin The time of my life.
Reviewed by Rudi Rauschenbach on .
I literally had the most phenomenal time abroad! The staff of CIS beforehand made me feel super comfortable and were always really helpful and made it easy for me to get excited for my time in Ireland. It was the best three months of my life by far!
CISabroad - Semester in Dublin Semester in Dublin
Reviewed by Lindset Miller on .
Dublin City University was a great place to study abroad for the semester. Dublin is a great city and the Irish always make you feel welcomed. Some of the best fews months of my life.