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Perhaps your last name is Irish and you’ve always been curious about your roots – or even have a close relative from Ireland who has told you about it.  Maybe you’re a huge U2 fan and want to make a pilgrimage to Windmill Lane.  Or you’re a budding author who wants to trace the footsteps of Joyce, Yeats, and Beckett.  While these are the most frequently cited reasons for coming to Dublin, you don’t have to have a longstanding interest in Irish culture to appreciate Dublin’s charms.

There are no thatched roof cottages in Dublin – it is a very much a city, and a modern one, at that. Do keep in mind, however, that Dublin is a small city.  This has great advantages for newcomers (both to Ireland and city life in general): it’s a bit easier to learn the lay of the land and the people are very warm and welcoming.  Dubliners see themselves as a breed apart from the rest of Ireland and would have a certain disdain for anything “culchie” (country) or “diddly-aye music” or “oirish” bric-a-brac trotted out to please tourists; the Dublin of real Dubliners is modern and outward looking and YOUNG – half the population is under the age of 30. You’ll find Dubliners are well-read, opinionated, and always ready for a joke.

No matter which reason you chose to go to Dublin, you’re bound to love it as much as we do. Depending on what your home university’s program includes, experiencing Dublin with EUSA means activities like trips to a hurling match, sightseeing trips to Glendalough, learning a few words of the Irish language, or a trip to the famed Abbey Theatre.

Part of the thrill of living in a new city is the chance to discover it for yourself – but as a EUSA student, you won’t be by yourself. Our Dublin team is only a phone call away in case of emergency – 24 hours a day, every day.

 

Internships

Dublin is the center of Irish industry, and has a very international, cosmopolitan workforce, so depending on the industry in which you are interning, the person at the next desk is as likely to be from County Tipperary or Latvia as they are from Dublin.

It’s impossible to generalize about internships in Ireland – we’ve found placements in fields from taxidermy to forensic accounting, and you might be working for a two-person home grown company or a multinational bank – but most students working for Irish organizations have reported that

  • The Irish workplace is generally more intimate than American professional settings. Not only are most companies smaller than their US counterparts, staff tend to socialize together more frequently than in the US, and they know each other better.
  • The office environment is more casual than you might expect. It is not unheard of to hear office banter, gossip, colorful language or joke telling are commonly heard at the water cooler.
  • Hierarchy is not as strong in Irish offices as it may be in the US. In Dublin, EVERYONE will make tea – from the intern to the Managing Director, and clerical work is a part of everyone’s job.
  • Irish work culture is less “PC” than in the States – don’t be shocked if someone asks about your love life or tells the odd off-color joke.
  • Dubliners don’t take themselves – or anyone else – too seriously. The concept of “blarney” definitely exists (though Dubliners almost never use that word) – Irish people use language very playfully. “Slagging” (gentle teasing), from co-workers is a sign that you’ve been accepted.
  • Small, informal work environments also mean that placements may lack the formal structure you’re used to.  Don’t expect formal induction or training days – you may have to show the initiative in introducing yourself to your coworkers.
  • There is no typical work day – some companies work 8-6, others turn up around 10:30 or 11 and leave at 4. Irish people tend to have a casual approach to timekeeping. They are generous with their time: they will not cut short a conversation or meeting just for the sake of time, nor will anyone think it’s odd to stay late at work to finish the job.

“My placement in Dublin was, without a doubt, the absolute best experience of my undergraduate career! I have kept in touch with my former supervisor who supplied me with a great letter of recommendation for grad school. Studying in both London and Dublin was the best decision of my life so far. I realize how lucky I was to get the opportunity that I did in my stage of undergraduate study, and your efforts allowed me to get a thoroughly unique experience. Those eight weeks have shaped my interests and perspective more than I could have imagined.” – Kristine, Boston University

 

Housing

You will be housed in Dublin city in a dedicated student residence with shared kitchens and living areas. The kitchen is fully stocked with cutlery, crockery, cooking utensils, as well as an iron and ironing board and microwave.ShanowenSingle

Rules are broadly similar to most U.S. dormitories: no smoking, no large gatherings after midnight, and respect for fellow residents and neighbors of the complex. Residences are in safe, quiet residential areas, and have on-site security.

Past students have been housed in Shanowen Square Residences near Dublin City University or on the University College Dublin campus. For a small number of programs, your university may have opted for alternative housing. Full details of your housing will be sent to you a month before you depart for Dublin.

You may be sharing your apartment with students from your own university, from other EUSA programs, or from schools in Europe and further afield. In general, the apartments are co-ed, but every effort will be made to provide single sex accommodation if there is sufficient demand. During the summer months, there may be some residents who stay for shorter periods of time who are not associated with a university program.

 

Academics

Your EUSA academic program in Dublin is determined by your home university – in some cases this may mean independent research, or compiling a journal and portfolio of work to support your internship experience, along with small seminars designed to help you understand the culture or industry in which you are working.  Other programs may have full semester courses with a workload equivalent to your home campus – these may be taught by faculty from your own college or by local faculty. Most of the local faculty members are accustomed to working with American students, but will still bring a more Irish style of teaching.  Because European students tend to specialize in one subject very early in their college careers, typically this means that you are expected to take the initiative in learning and go beyond the required texts to develop a deeper understanding of the subject.

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