UQ Program: Bachelors of Arts/Law

the Cliffs of Moher, in the west of Irelanda pint at the top of the Guinness Storehouse in DublinGoing on exchange to UCD in Dublin was a great experience for me. I was in my final semester of an Arts/Law degree, having finished my Arts courses at UQ, I enrolled in six 3rd year Law modules at UCD. While I was a little worried about the increased workload at first, the modules had significantly less content than law electives at UQ, the lecturers are extremely helpful and the final exams not too stressful. Most of my modules focused on international law, with the added bonus of being from a European perspective. The lack of group work in the law modules means it is not as easy to meet people in class as it might be studying in other faculties, but there were a number of social events organised through the law school.

Choosing Dublin for exchange means that you can take advantage of Ryanair, the flights around Europe are cheap and as I only had one assignment my weekends were very free to travel. UCD has an active Erasmus society, ESN, which organizes trips, which are a great way to meet people and explore Ireland. I spent a lot of my time with other exchange students, everyone is keen to make the most of going abroad for a semester and I made some great friends, many of whom I will be visiting in their home countries over the European summer.

Dublin is a welcoming and exciting city, not so big to be overwhelming but not so small you’ll get bored. I was pleasantly surprised, for the most part, by the weather. It doesn’t rain as much as people say! Studying overseas for a semester is something I would recommend to everyone.

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