Your journey begins in the cultural center (and the heart) of Ireland: Dublin. Just think, you’ll be studying in the City of Literature that’s home to such literary greats as George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, William Butler Yeats, and Samuel Beckett! Stroll around Dublin to see how the historic architecture blends with modern design. Enjoy the energetic music scene and lively theatre. And when you need to get away, you’ll discover outdoor adventures just a short train or bus ride away.
Dublin is a city in rapid transition. Although it is one of the smaller EU capitals, it is growing and modernizing fast. The transformation of Dublin is exemplified by the hip Temple Bar area, which, once decayed and earmarked to be flattened to make way for a bus station, is now one of the city’s main attractions. In spite of the rapid changes, Dublin still manages to remain a place with soul: the city’s literary history seems to bump against you at every corner, and the pubs are open to everyone. Irish literature, whether on the stage or on the page, is more vibrant than ever, with a hugely disproportionate number of new plays, novels and poems emerging from this tiny island.
Dublin is also a city on a human scale, (just over 1.5 million people) which is easy to get around on foot. It retains much of its 18th Century Georgian charm whilst striding confidently into the new millennium. Ireland’s long history of scholars and storytellers has resulted in a lively and vibrant, theater, music, and arts scene – imbuing Dublin with an exciting and cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Above all this is the fact that Dublin has a reputation for being a friendly city, and Dubliners show the same interest in outsiders as they ever did. Pubs, small restaurants, and cafés are the ubiquitous hangout of students from Ireland and around the world. It is a place to which travelers return, and of which they retain fond memories long after they are gone.
Trinity College was founded in 1592 by England's Queen Elizabeth I. The school is Dublin's most prestigious and oldest college. The Library of Trinity College houses more than 4.5 million books, manuscripts, and maps, and is the largest in Ireland and the UK. Many writers, politicians, and other notable people have matriculated at Trinity.
St. Stephen's Green is a city centre public park in Dublin, Ireland. The park is neighbor to one of Dublin's main shopping streets, Grafton Street. At 22 acres, it is the largest of the parks in Dublin's main Georgian squares.
"As cliche as it may seem, there's something so quiet and calming about St. Stephen’s Green even though it's right in the center of everything. Of course, the beauty of the place is a plus!" -Carrie Buchwalter, Ithaca College
Constructed in 1230 for King John of England, the Dublin Castle is a beautiful medieval structure. The Castle was built as a residence for the King and a place to protect the King's jewels. Since Ireland became independent from Britain in 1922, the Castle has served for ceremonial purposes, such as the Irish President's inaugurations.
This famous brewery is not just for Guinness fanatics. Labeled the "#1 international visitor attraction," this seven-story building is shaped as a Guinness glass. Take the tour of the brewery and learn the secret to their beer. On the top floor, visit the Gravity bar and enjoy a 360- degree view of Dublin while drinking a complimentary glass of Guinness.
What is it really like to live in Dublin? Check out our virtual tour of all the places you’ll come to know and love when you study abroad there—GO!