UQ Program: Bachelor of Arts/Social Science

Me in Krakow, Poland on mid-semester breakMy semester at University College Dublin was an amazing experience.  I loved Ireland and could have spent the entire four months just exploring Dublin.   You can’t go far without encountering amazing bands or street performers, and it would take years to visit Dublin’s endless pubs.  Make sure that you do make it to the Brazen Head – Ireland’s oldest pub, established in 1198, and Mulligan’s – which is rumoured to pour the best pint of Guinness in Dublin. 

The study load at UCD is higher than UQ, with six subjects per semester, however the work load for each subject is much lower than that which is expected at UQ, leaving plenty of time for weekend trips.  Make Ryan Air your home page! If you check the site regularly, you can get some amazing deals on flights to destinations all over Europe.  Dublin is also a good base for visiting other parts of Ireland – no more than a few hours bus ride from Galway, Cork and Belfast. 

Me with my housemates, Sophie Debouche (Belgium) and Bella Kelly (UQ) at GlendaloughWhen it comes to getting around Dublin, the bus service is good, but my top tip would be buying a multi-trip card as soon as you get there – it will save you money and the hassle of trying to find exact change for the fare.

I was very lucky with the weather – the four and a half months that I spent in Dublin were some of the driest in recorded history.   You get used to the cold very quickly, and you’ll find yourself lying in the sun as soon as the temperature gets up to a warm 12 degrees!

The Irish are very friendly, and always willing to give directions or invite you in for a pint. I met so many amazing people during my semester in Dublin, both locals and other exchange students from all over the world.  It is an experience that I would recommend to anyone.  

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