”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 by 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
DCU is served by 19 different buses routes
Located on the north side of the city, close to both the city center and Dublin Airport.
The university is located 5km north of Dublin City Centre and serviced by 19 different buses routes.
There are covered and uncovered cycle racks throughout the campuses.
”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.