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Why Go To University In Dublin?

30 July 2014

This blog post was primarily written for those non-Irish prospective students who are considering moving from overseas to Dublin to study. Whenever you make a big decision like this it can be hard to know whether you should ‘take the plunge’. So here are 6 reasons why I think you should come to Dublin to study.

(1) Because of the Guinness. It really does taste better than Guinness anywhere else in the whole world. Read this post for more details…

(2) Because the Irish love the ‘craic’. What better place to study and have the time of your life than amongst the outgoing and fun-loving Irish, the most welcoming people in the world!

(3) Because of its vibrancy and beauty. Dublin is a city famous for its culture, history, tourism, music, sport and much more. It used to be famous for its Guinness and Jameson Whiskey factories but nowadays it’s better known as home to the European headquarters for Google, Facebook and many other worldwide, billion-dollar businesses. Dublin is also as beautiful as it is cosmopolitan. It has the picturesque River Liffey running through it and sandy beaches are only 15 minutes from the city centre. It is a short drive to the stunning Wicklow mountains and the west and south coasts of Ireland are breathtaking.

(4) Because there are 4 great universities in the city. Dublin is home to around 75,000 students. University College Dublin (UCD) is on the southside (25,000 students), Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is in the city centre (17,000 students) and Dublin City University (DCU) is on the northside (11,000 students). There is also the Dublin Institute of Technology, which has around 22,000 students among its various campuses. So Dublin is geared up for students with 100s of different courses.

(5) Because you’ll end up with much less debt. Whilst living costs in Dublin may be higher than in the UK, tuition fees for EU residents are much cheaper. Studying in the UK could cost you up to £9,000 per year but most EU students studying in Dublin would pay student fees of around £2,000 per year. This means you could save up to £7000 a year and around £21,000 over 3 years! So whilst there may be higher costs in the short term for studying in Dublin, imagine what you could do with a long-term saving of £21,000?**

(6) Because we are launching a church in a unique time in Irish history. Christ City Church DublinIn recent years Ireland has seen turmoil at its core – political, economic and religious. The very foundations of society have started to crumble. This has led to a collapse in hope and identity. This September we will be launching our church into the heart of the city centre (filmbase) with the aim of being a blessing to the city of Dublin, inspiring 18-35 year olds to discover their true purpose and to invest in the good of the city. To find out more check out www.christcitychurch.ie or e-mail hello@christcitychurch.ie.

 

If you want to read more about living in Dublin, do read this blog called “10 reasons Dublin is a great place to live”

 

* The Irish equivalent of UCAS is CAO (Central Applications Office). In Ireland applicants are made offers after receiving their exam results (this week), and any available places will then be advertised on the CAO website.

** Please note that fees in Ireland aren’t incorporated into a student loan as they are in the UK and that you may not be eligible for the same loans that you could apply for in the UK.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Michael Jennings permalink
    31 July 2014 5:26 am

    You make me want to sign up, Steve!

    Sent from my iPad

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  2. 15 September 2014 5:18 pm

    Hi Steve – also worth adding I think (though I am biased!) that there is also the option of doing a UK Honours degree in theology (York St John University) at an excellent Bible college located in the heart of Dublin – Irish Bible Institute. Also significantly less expensive than UK university fees, and studying in a lively community of faith with a passion for applying learning to the Irish missional context.

    • 17 September 2014 8:56 pm

      I should have put IBI on the list, thanks for adding that on and I look forward to working together

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