Bachelor of Arts/Laws
Bachelor of Arts/Laws

People often say their overseas exchange was the “best experience ever!” Having now studied abroad, I finally understand the truth behind this statement.  

I studied law electives at University College Dublin in Semester 2, 2013. I chose Public International Law, Matrimonial Law, Commercial Law, European Human Rights Law, Law, Religion and Secularism, and Employment Law.  The system at UCD is not dramatically different to UQ, except none of my courses had tutorials. I recommend choosing subjects with a good mixture of assignments and exams. Sitting 6 100% exams at the end of semester would not be ideal! It’s also nice to choose classes so that you have Fridays or Mondays off to travel.

I lived on campus at Merville Residences. I highly recommend Merville. It is close to university and Centra (the local supermarket). Glenomena is also great but more expensive. Living on campus means you meet plenty of Irish and international students, can get to class within 10 minutes and ease your transition into Irish university life. Finding an apartment in Dublin is difficult – so if you decide to do that, plan ahead! Some Erasmus students were living in backpacker hostels for the first month trying to find a place.

I also recommend joining some societies at UCD – particularly ESN and ISS. They organise weekend trips around Ireland and are a great way to meet other international students. The range of societies and sports clubs at UCD is impressive. Special guests are often invited to speak to students so also keep an eye out for that!

Most importantly however, Dublin was a marvellous city to get to know. It has an abundance of great cafes, restaurants, venues, galleries, libraries, markets and attractions. It really felt like home. A semester does fly by so make the most of your time in Dublin! Seize the day and all that. You'll make lifelong friendships and hilarious memories.

Top tips:

  • Travel Ireland! I recommend a Paddywagon tour to Cliffs of Moher, Galway and Connemara.
  • Organise a weekend away through Ryanair. That said, make the most of Dublin and attempt to travel outside exchange. Once you get to Dublin and settle in, you won’t want to leave.
  • Go to Comedy Crunch at the Stag’s Head for free weekly stand-up comedy and ice-cream.



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