Study in Ireland, Where?
Replies: 25 - Last Post: Aug 1, 2012 2:50 AM Last Post By: jitsketje
Jul 29, 2012 3:19 AM
Study in Ireland, Where?Next schoolyear I am planning to study a semester abroad and I am thinking about Ireland.
With Erasmus its pretty easy to arrange but its hard to choose the city and university.
My university (Utrecht - Netherlands) has some arrangements with university's in Ireland.
I can choose between:
Dublin - Trinity College Dublin.
Belfast/Northern Ireland - Queen's University.
Limerick - University of Limerick.
Maynooth - National University of Ireland.
Cork - University College of Cork.
I need to make a Top 3 and from my first choice I have to make an motivational letter.
What would you recommend?
I am searching for a great Social Sciences department because I am studying to become an children's psychologist but I can also take a few classes from other departments.
Further I would love to hear experiences about studying in Ireland.
How is it? Is it hard? How much money did you spend? How did you arrange accomodation? etcetera..
Hope to hear from you!
Jul 29, 2012 3:59 AM
Jul 29, 2012 4:25 AM
2Trinity has the highest international ranking and is in a fantastic location - a beautiful historic campus right in the city centre so it has a great social life. But I'm sure everyone has the same idea so most applicants will have it as #1.
I don't have much experience with Queens, but it is a top class institution and well located. It is of course with the UK so its in Sterling area, so that might (depending on exchange rates) could be a complication for you.
Limerick is a good modern small sized University, but its located at the edge of the city in a big campus - not the best for living or social life. It specialises in a few specific areas of study (it has a world class Sports Science centre) but I think social sciences would be considered a little peripheral so its department might not be the best.
Maynooth is a very small university, located in a nice little town about 25 Km from Dublin. It used to be a seminary so it has quite a catholic ethos.
Cork University is small, but it has a nice campus, just a few minutes walk from the city centre. It has a reputation as a fun place to study, and Cork is a nice small city with lots of character.
Most Irish campuses will have some student accommodation, but I think you''ll find most students prefer to live off-campus. Dublin is the most expensive to live in, but generally rents in Ireland are quite high, that will be your biggest expense, after beer.
Jul 29, 2012 5:06 AM
Budget taken into consideration.... I'd choose Belfast.
Jul 29, 2012 5:22 AM
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Jul 29, 2012 5:41 AM
Jul 29, 2012 5:56 AM
7I know Belfast is British but its Northern Ireland that why I did put it on my list.
So trinity for now is the one who you advice as number 1.
How much will rent cost a month in Dublin?
I probably will have around 900 euro's a month to spend for everything..so rent, food, books, travel etcetera..
Would that be enough for Dublin?
Jul 29, 2012 5:58 AM
Jul 29, 2012 6:47 AM
Jul 29, 2012 7:54 AM
Jul 29, 2012 10:35 AM
Jul 29, 2012 12:16 PM
12For choosing between Irish universities, it is not necessarily a question of which has an overall best rating in some, probably not particularly reliable, international beauty contest. Different universities are stronger in different subjects. So you should be more concerned about which has the best social science department and, in that department, offers the courses that most interest you.
If you haven't already done so, you should check out the courses offered, and staff lists, of the social science departments in these universities. These should be available on their websites and list the research interests and publications of the staff, which should help you make up your mind.
For what it's worth, I have an impression that social science is pretty good in Trinity, but for all I know it may also be just as good in the other universities you mention.
For the quality of life in the Irish cities you're looking at, I would definitely go for Dublin or Cork over Belfast or Limerick, but others may disagree. Maynooth would leave you either living in, or daily commuting to, outer suburbia.
Cork should be a good deal cheaper for accommodation than Dublin. 900 euros sounds tight-ish for Dublin to me.
Jul 29, 2012 1:35 PM
Jul 30, 2012 4:08 AM
14Why Trinity last?
Galway isnt possible because my uiversity doesnt have any arrangment with that university.
Can you maybe explain your choices..why Belfast 1st, Cork 2nd etc..
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