Thanks to MicroEDU, the application process was really very easy and you could count on being accepted quickly. In addition, you could send any question to MicroEDU (or Ms. Bastian ) and get an answer immediately. Thank you again for this! Before I started, I read a few testimonials and I was able to take most of them on the spot after an accommodationrather than searching for it on draft.ie beforehand. In addition, at that time I still had the illusion that I wanted to live with real Irish people and not with other German foreign students. In retrospect, it was really difficult to come into contact with real locals in general. So my plan was to look for and find an apartment for the first week. However, that turned out to be really stressful and exhausting, as there are really not many apartments in Dublin at affordable prices, especially not at the beginning of the semester and it is very exhausting to do all the apartment tours in a foreign city. So my advice is to arrange an apartment viewing on draft.ie beforehand and then you can also get an affordable, beautiful apartment in Dublin 1 or 2. Visit educationvv.com to get information about California State University Los Angeles student exchange program.
When I arrived at the business school, I was able to take almost all the subjects I wanted. I do Marketing Research, Marketing Essentials, Financial Management, Business Finance, Treasury and Risk Management, and Advanced Financial Management. Here is a little tip: It was not said publicly, but it is possible to attend evening lectures and so you have more freedom to choose your courses. In addition, the evening lectures only last 1.5 hours and not 3 hours like the day lectures. The lectures themselves are not very complex compared to German standards and are easy to follow despite English. What bothered me a bit was that if you only spend one semester there, most of the subjects don’t take an exam, but as a foreign student you have to write a term paper on any topic. The exams take place at the DBSin the winter semester only takes place in February / March and since you leave the business school in December you have to do a written thesis. This means that the majority of the lectures did not play a role for me, in spite of the compulsory attendance. What was really great, however, was how the lecturers looked after you. You could really ask questions, write emails and ask for feedback on homework at any time. Very personable, as I wasn’t used to that from my university. Which was also a bit of a shame that there were a lot of foreign students in the courses and hardly any Irish, mostly French.
Dublin is really great with all the pubs and shopping. The pubs are a real highlight, as every pub is completely different and partying is really fun with really good live music. Plus, all the street musicians on Grafton Street are really good. Excursions through Ireland are really breathtaking no matter what the weather. I was first in the south towards Cork, then in the north and visited Belfast and Giants Causeway and finally Galway and the absolute MUST visit with Cliffs of Moher. The landscape in Ireland is so wonderful !!Everywhere these little houses, green meadows, sheep and cliffs, I was really excited! A tour was organized by the DBS to Galway and the Cliffs of Moher, for the other tours we rented a car from SIXT, which if it is completely affordable. However, it is cheaper if the driver is over 25. You can always take a train to the Dublin coast in about half an hour. There you can eat really delicious fish and chips and take a short hike along the coast. It was a shame that the sports offer at DBS was not particularly large. However, some of my fellow students played volleyball and soccer once a week. All in all, Dublin was really great, especially the life there, all the evenings in the pubs and the trips to small sleepy villages. Also legendary are the Erasmus parties and the Wednesday evenings in the really nice club Howl at the Moon, where all drinks cost only 2.50 euros. Since you are not that busy from the university you can really experience and do a lot there, which is not always easy in Germany during the lecture period.I can only recommend Dublin!