Student Stories

Below are the thoughts of DCU Language Services students on their time at Dublin City University:

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Szilvia from Hungary | studied IELTS preparation course

I took an IELTS preparation course in DCU for 6 weeks. I enjoyed every single day of it. The classes were informative, interactive, well-structured and fun at the same time.

We had plenty of opportunities to practice our English thanks to the small class sizes. We learnt a lot about different cultures while preparing for the speaking part of the IELTS test. We read a great volume of academic literature and interesting science news to prepare for the reading part of the IELTS exam. The homework structure was well balanced and those who requested more were provided with additional material to study at home.

All in all, this course was an amazing experience. I had an excellent teacher and nice classmates from all over the world. I will never forget them. As a result, I passed my IELTS exam with a great score and got access to third level education here in Ireland. Thank you DCU!

 

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Oumayma Douhèret from France | studied TOEIC and General English

I studied in DCU for one month. The first two weeks were General English classes and the last two were TOEIC exam preparation classes. I really enjoyed every day in DCU. All of my teachers were amazing and taught me a lot. The teachers struck a perfect balance in DCU as the classes were entertaining and informative.

My classes in DCU finished at 1pm which gave me time to go sightseeing in Dublin. I also left the capital and visited the Irish countryside. The Irish landscape is incredible and travelling around Ireland was a breathtaking experience.

I've met people from all over the world in DCU. It was an amazing experience and I would love to do it all again. I've really enjoyed being in DCU and in Ireland and I highly recommend this experience!

 

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Anna from Russia | studied TOEIC

I came to Ireland for one week with my friend.  The primary objective was to improve my speaking skills as I hadn’t practiced for a number of years. I also wanted to learn more about the Irish culture.

The environment in DCU was excellent. Our teacher Collette was friendly, supportive and intelligent. I made new friends from all over the world. I went on some trips organised by DCU Language Services and I really enjoyed them!

I stayed in a hotel in the heart of Dublin city. All of the best places of interest – Trinity College and St. Patrick Cathedral - were within walking distance from the hotel. It was great!

I am planning to do another course in DCU this Winter.   

 

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Vivian Chauvin Rivet from France | studied TOEIC

I came to Ireland for 1 month with my French class. The objective was primarily to prepare for the TOEIC exam.

My time in DCU was divided into two parts: the first was General English, the second was TOEIC exam preparation. I really enjoyed the course and made rapid progress. Living with a host family also helped me to improve my English and learn more about Irish culture.

DCU is really the perfect place for students. The campus is great and includes a supermarket, pharmacy, restaurant, hair salon and great music room. The staff are really good listeners and we were very well received. The different teachers I've met have all been great, very friendly, attentive and enthusiastic: they really helped me make rapid progress !

Additionally Ireland is a beautiful country with great places to discover: Giant's Causeway, Cliffs of Moher, Connemara, Kilkenny and Dingle. My time in Ireland and DCU was amazing!

 

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Sasa Chen from Taiwan | studied General English (Upper Intermediate)

I studied in DCU for one month. The environment in DCU was excellent. I made a lot of new friends and we still keep in touch. My teacher’s name was Karol. He was really nice and funny. I found the conversation and cv classes to be fantastic.

I lived with a great host mother named Geraldine. She was so kind, caring, treated me like her daughter. I always told her that she was my Irish mom. I enjoyed the time that we spent together. I really miss everything about DCU.

 

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Henrica from Germany | studied General English (Upper Intermediate)

I went to Dublin for 3 weeks with two aims, to travel and to improve my English. I stayed with a host family who were very friendly and made me feel comfortable immediately. Everything was so easy and well organized at DCU. My teacher and classmates were very funny and friendly. I found talking about all the different cultures including Brazilian, Russian, Japanese, Korean and Irish very interesting. After class, I had free time and was able to go sightseeing in Dublin or go to the pub with friends. One of the highlights for me was visiting the Cliffs of Moher. Another highlight was watching a Hurling game. I was very impressed with it as it is the fastest field sport of the world. I really enjoyed my time in Ireland and DCU and I would love to come back for a longer length of time.

 

 

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Willian from Brazil | studied General English

Choosing to study at DCU was one of my best decisions in this journey that I started almost one year ago.

DCU has great teachers, methodology, staff and infrastructure, what makes the learning process engaging and easier. They are constantly monitoring the course quality. The classes have a good mix of students (so you will not experience the problem of having too many speakers of your native language).
I am happy and satisfied with every cent that I invested in my education. I highly recommend this institution and for sure will use their services again in the future!

 

 

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Haruka Hayashi from Japan | studied Academic Year Programme

When I started studying at DCU, I was shy and very nervous and could not communicate with other people very well. All of the teachers were very supportive and the people of Dublin were really friendly too. I got used to Dublin very quickly!

The classes were great and I could feel myself improving immediately. My speaking skills greatly improved and I noticed a big difference in my ability. Also, I loved making friends with people from all over the world and exploring different cultures.

I enjoyed the facilities at DCU and often stayed on campus after class and went to library to study or to the Helix to chat with my friends. I really enjoyed the activities and day trips organised by DCU. I was able to travel all over Ireland at a much cheaper price than if I organised the trips myself.

I strongly recommend DCU if you want to study English.

 

 

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Yuko Sakamoto from Korea | studied Academic Year Programme (6 months)

I will never forget my first day in DCU. I was very nervous! There were 8 other Korean students including me starting on the same day. There were students from all over the world including Korea, Brazil, Italy and Taiwan in my class. All of the teachers were very kind and helpful and the other students in the class were also very friendly.

I learned so much English and found the classes really interesting. In addition to new vocabulary we learned about each other’s home countries, culture and even learned new cooking recipes using our new vocabulary. I made a lot of new friends. DCU held communication classes, events and organised weekend tours which made it easier to get to know my new classmates.

My host family and housemates were amazing. My host parents taught me many things about Irish culture and sometimes helped me with my writing homework. My housemates were really nice and sometimes we went shopping together. It was really fun.

Ireland is rich in culture, Irish music, dance and history. Many people want to go the USA and UK to study English, but DCU in Ireland is also great place. I would recommend DCU to everyone!

 

 

Antonella Corradini from Italy | studied One-to-One Course

I am an Italian university professor who last year attended a one-to-one course in "Academic Writing" at DCU. My husband -- who attended the course with me -- and I aimed at improving our writing style in English, since almost all of our publications are now written in this language. During the lessons we mostly used our published essays: the teacher read them in advance in order to discuss with us how the same sentence might have been rephrased to render it more idiomatic. On the whole it has been a positive experience, in particular in the second part of the course, as we and the teacher had the opportunity to better know each other, and to try to meet the reciprocal expectations. During the course my husband and I lived with our son in a student guest house that is well organized and very close to the university. Thus, I would recommend DCU language courses to mature English students, too.

 

 

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Ary from Mexico | studied General English

I come from a country quite far from Ireland, and when I arrived here after a long journey I was a bit afraid and I didn’t know anybody. But since I arrived everybody has been really welcoming with me and I quickly felt comfortable at DCU. I’ve been here for a month and a half and now it's like my second home! I live with a host family that they provided to me, I get along well with this family and the house is located 5 minutes walk from DCU so it’s perfect! I also really like the campus, there are nice places to eat and have a drink with your friends, do some sport, and so on… It’s a great place to meet people from all over the world! I joined several trips organised by DCU to go to Corks, the Cliffs of Moher… It’s great that they do this because it encourages the students to travel around Ireland and it is a good opportunity to meet other international students from DCU.

 

 

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Omi from Japan | studied Academic Year Programme 

All teachers that I’ve had so far were great! There is a friendly atmosphere in classes, students feel comfortable to speak and exchange with them.

I met amazing friends from all over the world. All students have different accents and I got used to them, it’s a good thing to know them.

I also went to some trips organised by DCU Language Services on the week end and I was very satisfied with every trip that I’ve been to. The price is less expensive than trips organised by a tour operator, I had great time with my friends and I also learnt things about Irish history.

I really enjoy the DCU campus; I spent most of my days there. There are lots of facilities! I have lunch there, I relax and have a drink with my friends at the DCU bar, and I also go to the gym. That’s a really good thing that there is a Gym sport centre since I go there almost everyday, the machines are brand new and the price is really reasonable. And there is a bus stop just next to DCU so it is really convenient to go to the city centre or somewhere else.

 

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Genesis from Venezuela | studied General English

I’m a journalist in Venezuela and it’s good for my job to speak English so I decided to come here to learn English. 
I think that DCU Language Services is a really good English School. The teachers are really experienced. I really like my class, it is dynamic, and there is a great interaction between the teacher and the students. 
Before coming here I didn’t know anything about English and I didn’t understand anybody. Two months have passed and my English improved, but I still need to work on it! 
I live in a host family and I love them, they are really friendly with me. And I met a lot of people coming from different countries, everybody is so friendly here!

 

 

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Carlos from Mexico | studied General English

When I came to DCU all I wanted was to learn how to speak English fluently, and I did: last week I’ve finally moved from upper-intermediate class to advanced class!

My host family is amazing and open-minded and the teachers are great, but what I love the most about DCU is that I can hang out with a lot of international people: I’ve learned not only English, but also Japanese, Italian, Portuguese and even Korean. At the beginning I was a bit shy, it was strange to meet all these people from different countries, but now I have a lot of friends from all over the world.

Thanks to DCU we travelled a lot together: we went to Wicklow, Cork, Connemara, Galway…

When you travel you discover different cultures, languages, and political and social environments: I’m more mature now, I feel I’ve grown up.

Now I want to travel more: maybe I’ll study in Germany or in Australia, but I want to go to Japan and Italy as well, to see again my friends and learn their languages. 

I have a lot of good memories of Ireland and DCU, and I will miss every person I’ve met.

 

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Sanger from Brazil | studied Academic Year Programme

I was excited to come in Dublin but I was also worried. It is a bit scary to arrive in a completely different country from where you live. I didn’t know where to live because it is complicated to find an accommodation when you don’t live in the country. For these reasons I decided to live with a Host family provided by DCU Language Services for the first 3 weeks, the time for me to find another accommodation for the rest of my stay in Dublin. The family was a couple with two kids and I got along really well with them. We exchanged a lot about our countries and culture, especially about food and music. They were really helpful; they gave me a lot of advice and tips on the places to go and visit, the good neighbourhoods to live in… The location was perfect since the house was located 5 minutes walk from DCU. 
The mother cooked really well and she was open-minded, she wanted to know what I liked and didn’t like. As I love to cook, I cooked for them Brazilian dishes as well. 
They told me I could come back and live with them if I had any problem with my new accommodation. I eventually found another accommodation in a flat share and everything is fine but I will see them again to have dinner!

 

 

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Loïc from France | studied General English followed by a TOEIC Exam Preparation Course 

The classes are way different from those I have attended at school in France. In DCU, the courses are really more interactive and less theoretical than in France. In my country you basically learn vocabulary but you don’t practice your speaking, so you easily forget what you have learnt.
In France when you don’t know a word you ask for it in French and you speak in French with your classmates, but here people come from all over the world and they don’t speak the same language as you, so you have no choice but to speak English. 
I have to say that at the beginning it was a bit hard, but the more it goes on and the more I improve myself, it’s a shame I have to leave! The campus is really nice; you always hang out with foreign students from DCU so you speak English all the time, not only during lessons.

 

Rozerin from Turkey | studied General English

I really enjoyed the classes, they are much funnier than the English lessons I have in Turkey. Here we do lots of different things such as role plays on various topics, oral presentations…My classes were mainly focused on speaking English.
In classes we speak about interesting topics, for example we spoke about the situation in Gaza, in Ireland, etc… We don’t only learn grammar and talk about basic things like pretending to be in a restaurant and ordering food. We speak about real life! The teachers are absolutely great! They are really nice and they gave us advice on the places to go and visit.
Studying here was also a good opportunity to speak with people from different countries, learning about their culture and getting used to different accents. Plus I got along really well with my host family, I went out with them and they brought me to have barbecue dinners at their friends’ place.

 

Elodie from France | studied English & Internship

I am a French student and I am currently doing a three-month English & Internship with DCU Language Services. This is the first time I work in Ireland, everybody’s kind and helpful. The atmosphere is really good as everybody seems to love their work and it is therefore a real pleasure to be there.

 

Adrian Vega from Spain | studied General English

I decided to come to DCU in Dublin and I can say it has been one of my best decisions ever. Not only I have found a very good place to study but also a great staff, available to help students in their always-difficult first days. I really enjoyed coming to Dublin and choosing DCU and, of course, I am getting better with my English

 

Mohammed, Lecturer, Moroccan University

The feedback was exceptionally positive; almost every single student was happy with what they were learning, and more specifically with how they were treated; I have not met with any students that would testify to the contrary. I have been in the teaching profession for upwards of 28 years now, and I can distinguish between a good program and a not-so-good one. The program that the language center offers its guest students is definitely good. I thank everyone who made our students’ trip to DCU a “thing of beauty and a joy forever.