I had the pleasure of being the first student from my school to attend Dublin City University this spring. It is a wonderful campus that offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees of the highest international quality with research opportunities in technology, engineering, business, communications, humanities and science and health. DCU is the fastest growing University in Ireland with 22% of the student population consisting of foreign exchange students.  Here is a brief tour of the main campus in Glasnevin, one of four campuses of DCU. Sylas S. is the…

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Are you pursuing a major that is homework-intensive and cannot imagine being able to juggle studying abroad while still accomplishing credits towards your major? Well I am living proof that it is possible! I am a senior in mechanical engineering on a five-year plan. I didn’t put much thought into studying abroad  until my junior year. Junior year is the most typical year students commit to studying abroad. It gives the student another full year at their home university so they can walk at their graduation. Just because…

It’s hard to believe that I have already been in Ireland for over three months. I have grown so much as a person. Over my time here I have wrote down my suggestions for those thinking about studying abroad and those visiting Ireland. Make a budget I can’t stress this enough. Know how much you have set aside for the semester and plan each week for what you can spend so you don’t have to cancel trips or not be able to do activities that you want to. Within…

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When  my CEA coordinator asked if I would be interested in surfing in Ireland, I immediately responded with a, “YES!” I had no clue that there was surfing in Ireland and as a guy who fell in love with surfing the last time I went, there was no stopping me from trying it out in the beautiful country. My trip started with me missing the bus from DCU to east side of Dublin. So I called the surfing company and informed them I was going to be a…

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I’ve been in Dublin for over two months now and I would like to say that I have the city down pretty well. Here are a few of my favorite places. City Centre To get from Dublin City University to the city centre, I always take a bus using the ‘Moovit’ app. Buses are cheap and they have WiFi on them! The bus from DCU to the centre is about twenty minutes, from there you can walk just about everywhere. The city centre itself is not that spread out….

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Scotland is a breathtaking country.  Only a 40-minute plane ride from Dublin on Thursday and a quick evening in Edinburgh, I rented a vehicle with some friends and we started our adventure. For most of it, I couldn’t believe that what I was looking at was real. There are so many spots along the road while you’re driving to pull of just to look at the scenery. I probably pulled over at these stops for a good hour throughout the trip.  Our first stop was Loch Ness where we did a short hike in the woods on the…

CEA Dublin has planned an activity for me to do almost every week since I’ve been here. We’ve learned how to Irish dance, did an International food night, went bowling, and enjoyed a day trip to Glendalough. Irish dancing was a blast! It was an amazing new experience, as everything else has been, to learn some traditional Irish entertainment. I loved International food night. It was truly amazing to see and taste all the diversity in cultures around the world through their different foods. The Irish blood sausage was…

So London! I would suggest a longer visit when you stay here, but one day was still amazing. I went with three quality people, John, Cara, and Alex. Our squad felt like we did really well keeping a faster pace but still being able to take the destination in. Our flight left at 6:30am and then back to Dublin for 8:30. We were in the city centre for about ten hours and walked over 7 miles. It was a delightful trip. Sylas S. is the Spring 2017 MOJO Blogger in Dublin, Ireland. He…

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My journey has officially begun! I was lucky enough to sleep nearly the entire way on the plane ride to London and then again from London to Dublin, giving me the energy to begin explore this beautiful city with only a slight neck cramp. I got to experience the classic arrival in the terminal with a man holding a sign that was picking me me up. I met another student, Mycayla, that is in the same program as I am and we instantly became friends. We were taken…