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people associate Transylvania with Dracula, but most people are bloody
wrong. Bram Stoker, the author of the novel, hailed not from the dim,
grim gray landscape of an 'ania, but from the lush green loveliness of Dublin, Ireland. Through study abroad programs in Ireland,
many students have discovered there's a lot more to learn about this
fascinating country - so why haven't you? What exactly are you waiting
all, just because you rock the latest U2 album on your iPod, or read a
bunch of James Joyce, or dated a redhead, doesn't mean you're down with
Irish culture. Ireland has a lot more to offer than great music, Nobel
Prize-winning authors and...wait for it...the crowning achievement of
Irish culture, that's right...RiverDance!
abroad in Ireland and be welcomed by a warm, hospitable population that
will share its lengthy history, vibrant culture and stunning landscape.
and universities in Ireland place great responsibility for learning on
the student. Don't expect many weekly assignments and exams-you will
learn in large lectures and smaller tutorials and labs. As cool as not
having those assignments sounds, if you decide to study abroad in
Ireland you need to work hard to structure your own reading and
Higher education in Ireland is internationally ranked and has been committed to excellence for centuries:
environmental studies is your thing, then a study abroad program in
Ireland will be a dream come true! After all, Ireland was formed by
volcanic eruptions and extreme weather, only to become the flourishing
green country you've seen in pictures and images, with the awesome
castles seeming to burrow out of the grass.
environmental studies is kind of obvious, right? Okay, so what may
surprise you is that Ireland is a popular study abroad destination for
That's a pretty impressive resume for a little island in the North Atlantic!
if the slow evolution of history is more your speed than the zippy
revolutions of technology, Ireland's long and sometimes tumultuous past
will fascinate you. Students who study abroad in Ireland and focus on
history will find the country teeming with must-sees:
and Irish studies students alike will want to visit the medieval town
of Kilkenny. And no, that's not a South Park reference! Kilkenny was
established in the 6th century by early Christians, and students can
explore Kilkenny Castle, Kyteler's Inn and Kilkenny College.
you're a city dweller or a 'culchie' (country person), you'll take
advantage of every moment when you study abroad in Ireland. Most people
want to climb up Blarney Castle to get a stunning view and to 'kiss the
Blarney Stone.' It's a local legend that getting up close and personal
with the stone will give you the 'gift of eloquence.' Now that's what we
at StudyAbroad.com call tonsil hockey!
are some other reasons why study abroad programs in Ireland are so
popular and why thousands of tourists hit up the country each year:
you study abroad in Ireland, odds are you won't want to limit yourself
to all things 'touristy.' Irish culture has influenced so many other
cultures, giving us visions of leprechauns, fairies and pots of gold.
But the fun to be had on the 'Emerald Isle' is anything but
make sure you visit Northern Ireland as well (which is a part of the
United Kingdom). Pay special attention to the city of Belfast, where the
nightlife has been budding for years. Belfast is small enough to walk
on foot, so be sure to stroll past the more than 20,000 roses in the
International Rose Garden. Plus, back in the Republic of Ireland, Dublin
and its pubs, cafes and clubs are crawling with students, while in the
capital city, you can grab a 'jar' (pint) with a friend at 'the Local,'
or the nearest pub. And nab some souvenirs for your buddies back home at
the Guinness Hopstore!
from all over the world are drawn to Ireland when it comes time to make
their decision about where to study abroad. Maybe it's the abundance of
nightlife opportunities. Maybe it's the tourist attractions. Maybe it's
the superb education they receive. Maybe it's the fact that it's
another country, but English is spoken. Why don't you study abroad in
Ireland and find out for yourself?
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