The start of a new Fall semester means the start of American students heading off on study abroad programs. This Fall, AIFS Customized Faculty Led locations across the globe will be sharing a glimpse into their programmes by sending us a postcard from their week! First stop… Dublin!
Dia dhuit, a chairde!
We’ve come to the end of a packed first week in Dublin and we can’t wait for what is to come!
Everyone spent the first evening settling into their new accommodation and recovering from a very long journey. When the sun rose on our first morning we immediately set off to explore the city! First stop, Orientation. This is a in depth presentation to help students get accustomed to everything they need to know about studying in their study abroad location. Afterwards, students headed off on a guided walking tour of Dublin city centre. This is a great opportunity to stop by many of the most famous landmarks and hear about their history. After an action packed morning, the next stop was a well desrved Welcome Meal at Dublins oldest pub, the Brazen Head.
Introduction to Irish History
To provide content for the course on The Great Irish Famine, Tuesday morning consisted off a crash-course in early Irish History. Guest ecturer Ciaran McCabe. Ciaran also covered a less serious examination of Irish culture and it’s origins and played ‘Ireland, A Survival Guide.’ Next stop, the National Museum of Archaeology and a demonstration of artefacts from the periods covered in the mornings class.
Urban and Rural
To kick off our Irish Life and Culture course, we spent two days exposing ourselves to very different aspects of life in Ireland. The first outing was a scavenger hunt around Dublin, with great dedication shown by all in searching for all the famous statues around the city; we had to rely on help from locals instead of Google!
On Friday, we ventured outside of the city. Our first stop was Trim castle which is an impressive example of Norman architecture. We then stopped off at Causey Farm. We baked bread, met a host of animals and really committed to ‘exposing’ ourselves to Ireland!
On Saturday most of us caught the train to Howth. We walked along the cliffs and gazed at the stunning views across the Ocean towards Dublin Bay. The walk worked up quite an appetite. The next stop – some proper Dublin fish-and-chips!
Finally, Sunday night gave us a unique opportunity to see the very last performance of the summer run of Riverdance. The talent and skill of the dancers in the show blew us away! Bring on next week!