“It’s a bit like prom…only so much better!” Our student ambassador from the University of Limerick shares with us her first taster of an Irish style “prom”, and she seems to have enjoyed herself!Read More
Natan Heltzel was one of the participating High School counselors that came to Ireland in March for Education in Ireland’s first ever all Ireland tour of the seven universities. Here Nathan shares his thoughts on Dublin City University:
On the morning of Tuesday, March 6th 2012, I was part of a group of over 20 esteemed high school college counselors from the United States and Canada arriving on the Dublin City University campus. The look and feel of the campus closely resembled the look and feel of a large regional high school in the United States in both architecture and prowess. However, a closer look at the DCU campus revealed a vibrant student population with a refreshing amount of international diversity and grounded intellectualism. Upon first glance, one might not give this campus on the outskirts of Dublin a fair shake, but one would be remiss to look past the tangible amenities such as single bedroom / ensuite bathroom quad dorm rooms with kitchenette suites (a big plus rarely found anywhere in the states), an incredible new fitness facility, on campus grocery store, restaurants and café facilities, and easy access to transportation in one of Europe’s more thrilling cities.
DCU struck me as a solid fit for American students in particular because of its passion for extracurricular and co-curricular student involvement in both clubs and athletics. This not only gives international students the opportunity to meet new friends from different places far from home, but it also helps students become involved in the campus community. DCU is what we might call a suitcase campus in the United States. Many students live in apartments off campus or at home, however because of its location, DCU is anything but calm on the weekends and students congregate in many of Dublin City’s weekend hot spots.
The culture of Ireland and much of Europe inspires more independence by students from their parents at a younger age, with parents being much less hands on while students are in college. On the other hand, professors at DCU compliment the academic preparedness of U.S.students compared with their Irish counterparts. American students consistently received accolades for their ability to generate classroom discussion, think critically and generate questions to problems, not just answers. This was also emphasized by Logan White, an American student, who is on study abroad for a full academic year from Rice University, whom I ate lunch with.
Of interest to prospective American students would be major offerings in Health and Sciences, Engineering, Business with an emphasis on languages and Humanities and Social Sciences including a 3 year undergraduate law program which prepares graduates for employment in a range of international institutions while providing an excellent foundation for postgraduate studies in law at both Masters and Ph.D. level. Graduates are also eligible to take the bar exams in New York.
I especially appreciated the convenience that one could be in language class today and fly to the city of native tongue within 2 or three hours the next day! Tuition varies by academic program from 10,700 Euros per year to 15,200 Euros per year. Tuition fees really are very competitive when compared to private colleges and universities in the United States! Bottom line, you are getting a world class education from a prestigious Irish university at nearly half the price of a private American college including room and board!
Our Student Ambassador Marielle Rocca has been awarded the much coveted title of Trinity Scholar after successfully completing the Schol exams held annualy at Trinity College Dublin.
Foundation Scholarship is perhaps the oldest and most intact of Trinity’s traditions. On Trinity Monday, the College’s primary feast day that falls in April every year, the Board of Trinity College Dublin elects the new scholars and fellows. Having met in the Public Theatre to make the appropriate oath and approve the elections, the members of Board assemble on the steps outside, and the Provost reads out the names to an anxious crowd that will have gathered for 10am. The new fellows’ names first, greeted with sober applause and no surprise; followed by the new scholars, greeted with screams of raucous elation.