By Céline Brandstötter [Visiting Student Blogger]
You will meet a lot of students on exchange who have plans to travel around Europe. People’s excitement to travel is contagious, so you will definitely also want to travel. However, student budgets are small and you will want to get the most out of your trips. Living in Ireland has many advantages and one of them is Ryanair, the low-cost Irish flight company that can bring you to almost every place in Europe, so definitely make sure to check out their website. For low-cost housing options, see Hostel World and Airbnb. I have listed my favourite European cities and what I enjoyed the most during my time visiting them. Hopefully this gives you some tips on what to see, what to eat, and maybe inspire you to visit, too!
Continue reading Eurotravel: How to see Europe from Dublin
By Sydne Tursky [Visiting Student Blogger]
As my time in Ireland dwindles down to a matter of days, I find myself ever more appreciative of Dublin. Though I have always loved this city and have been so happy to spend time here, I am realizing more and more how much I have taken it for granted. It has been the home to come back to after gallivanting through central Europe for a week; it has been my lively surroundings during many late-night walks back from the library or a pub; it has been host to many laughs and cries and laughs that turned into cries. But my life here has become a routine, and that means that sometimes I am oblivious to the most wonderful parts of Dublin.
Continue reading The Best Things About Dublin
By Abigail Borges [Visiting Student]
Hi! I’m Abby, a third year, single semester visiting student at Trinity College Dublin and a junior at Brown University in spirit. I am from the small town of West Greenwich in the small state of Rhode Island, where I attend Brown and study History and Political Science. I am in the same course at Trinity, and have been spending my time studying (of course), sampling desserts (necessary), and exploring as much of Dublin and Ireland as I can squeeze into four months.
Continue reading Semester Start Up Programme – A Reflection
By Kelly Konya
Hey everyone! My name is Kelly and I just started working as a Global Room Student Ambassador this very Monday morning. Already today, I have assisted a tour of campus with Byrne Hacking, where we met students from the University of Macau (who all loved Trinity!), and I’ve helped with the set-up of a lunch reception for a graduation ceremony. My first day on the job has already rejuvenated my love for this university and my on-going excitement to be doing research here. I am currently an M.Phil in Irish Writing student but will finish up this August and jump right into my Ph.D with hopes that the momentum will allow me to write my first book!
Continue reading Global Room Student Ambassador Perspective…
By Anna McAlpine (Visiting Student, Study Abroad Blogger)
Whilst it is great (and encouraged) to explore Dublin, and the beautiful country that is Ireland, whilst you are studying abroad here, it is worth bearing in mind that Dublin makes for a great base from which to see the rest of Europe. Ryanair always has some cheap flight deals on trips to the well known capitals of Europe which is something you might want to take advantage of whilst you are here. Hailing from Europe myself this was not one of the factors I took into account when deciding to apply to study in Ireland – however, I know that a lot of study abroad friends I have made here, particularly those from America have taken full advantage of Ireland’s great location within the world by using it as a springboard to see other cultures and countries. I think then that this is definitely worth bearing in mind if you are thinking about studying abroad in Ireland.
Continue reading Travelling Outside of Ireland…
By Madison Tucky (Visiting Student, Study Abroad Blogger)
One of the best things about being from the US and studying abroad in Europe is how easy it is to get to other European countries. Dublin is a great location, and while I’ve spent plenty of time exploring Ireland, I’ve also taken several trips to other countries and have become quite the expert in international travel.
Continue reading Travelling Outside Ireland
By Viviana Lletget (Visiting Student – Department(s) at Trinity: English, Political Science, and Sociology – Home University: University of California Berkeley, Ethnic Studies)
Part of the reason I came to study in Ireland was to learn more about its political history, particularly Northern Ireland, which is one of the four countries that makes up the United Kingdom. British colonialism ended with the Irish Partition in 1921 under the Government of Ireland Act 1920, making Northern and Southern Ireland UK territories operating in different Home Rule fashions, but in 1922 with the War of Independence, Southern Ireland became independent as the Irish Free State. Belfast has always been a place to protest and voice your political position within the mainstream two factions of Irish Nationalism or Unionism. Belfast is saturated with social movement histories, and has been affected by violent pasts that seem to still plague the city besides its increasing social solidarity among citizens. People get along, though generally speaking, Catholics and Protestants don’t really hang out in each other’s neighborhoods, but no one is bombing or vandalizing a rival’s area as before. Things have changed in Belfast, though the city is definitely still segregated.
Continue reading My Trip to Belfast