Dublin Business School Review (17)

Dublin Business School Review (17)


Application process

The application process was very straightforward and the contacts at MicroEDU were always very helpful, open and quick to answer any questions. You didn’t have to deal with too much bureaucracy to apply either. I know that differently from the application through my own university in Münster…;) But you have to say that the Dublin Business School is not a renowned university either. Maybe that has something to do with it. I can anticipate that anyway. Someone who wants to use the international university as a figurehead on their résumé should choose a different one. I have it on my résumé, but for me it is more about the semester abroad, the personal experience and, last but not least, the fun, not as busy as at home and meeting lots of new people from different countries. In any case, I have not found any awards or special rankings for the DBS and I also know from the discussions in Dublin that the top universities there are different. But more on that in the next point;).

To build on that right away: My roommate from France was at one of these top universities. What he had to work on every week… Deadlines after deadlines… I don’t recommend anyone who wants to enjoy their semester abroad. Sure, as I said, if you want the university as a figurehead or are interested in enormously increasing your level of knowledge, you will probably see it differently;). Visit educationvv.com to get information about California State University San Marcos student exchange program.

The content in the lectures was quite surprising to me. In lectures on a master’s degree, I definitely expect something different, and that was actually the case with all Germans. These were things that we heard (and that’s not exaggerated!) In part in the basic courses in the first bachelor’s semester or even (as with me) during the high school graduation. Not all the time, of course, but it was quite a lot. For example, in Corporate Financial Management we talked about annuities. Starting with the definition ^^ I knew many foreign students in bachelor programs, there it was apparently similar. And my girlfriend happens to be doing that there too, even for a year. She still moans about the problem of falling asleep too quickly;)
On the other hand, it was of course very relaxing. From my perspective, I didn’t quite understand that people were upset about it. By the way, mostly Germans, which shows on the one hand that we have very demanding universities here and not such a bad education system, as everyone thinks, on the other hand also our negative attitude: P Admittedly, one wonders what the people are all about School and in their possible first degree, because many other students from other countries, including Ireland itself, were new to the material. But I absolutely enjoyed knowing most of them. And the nice thing was that I could only do my work through assignments (i.e. term papers) or group presentations. So I didn’t even have to learn the stuff and, to put it badly, don’t even pay attention. I already knew the stuff anyway. As far as I know, the bachelor courses require that you take the exams, but you have to ask for that for your specific case. It’s certainly not that bad either. After a few weeks I stopped working on the material (looking up vocabulary and that sort of thing) because we simply lacked motivation and there were enough other nice things. But more about that under the item Costs and Leisure ^^ because we simply lacked motivation and there were enough other nice things. But more about that under the item Costs and Leisure ^^ because we simply lacked motivation and there were enough other nice things. But more about that under the item Costs and Leisure ^^

Occupied courses

Corporate Financial Management (10 ECTS) by Cormac Kavanagh
As already indicated, not much was new to me in this course. The course was designed in a very friendly way for foreign students because although it took place twice a week, the main achievement was an exam that I did not have to take. As already explained above;) The only thing I had to do for these wonderful 10 credits was an assignment. That counted 50 percent, but between us: That never stands in the way of the effort that usually enrolled students had to put up there;) Lucky me: P The lecturer is very funny and realistic. It’s a little hard to understand at times and has a pretty harsh accent, but I was never an ace in English and still got along well.

International Financial Reporting (5 ECTS) by James Browne
In contrast to CFM, this course was pretty tough. For me, as someone who already has a 100% accounting focus in the master’s program (WWU Münster), there were not a lot of new things, but the man has already stepped on the gas and also demanded commitment in the assignment. Incidentally, also in the exam, but as you know, they passed me by ^^ This lecturer was also really good. He apparently also holds the evening courses for professionals (i.e. already working people who are heading for the auditor’s exam, for example). Good man!

Personal and Professional Development (5 ECTS) by Brendan Barrett
Tjoa, what can I say. My calculation didn’t quite work out here, but that wasn’t the primary goal either;) Three (!) Assignments had to be written here, there was no exam…: D I chose this skill course because it sounded interesting and is actually part of the Master’s “International Accountung and Finance”. The lecturer got off to a good start in the first lesson and picked us up students with a few psychological tricks. No negative rating, really good. But then… I hope the man never learns German, because that’s the only way I can be honest with you;) He basically repeated his core statement 50 times in every lecture. Somehow nothing exciting was added and in general one has to say that he did not get the full potential of such a lecture. The normal students doing the full master’s degree, were pretty stinky, because they had dealt quite well with other courses and the man got on their nerves a bit. Especially since the first event said: “I already know that you have so much to do in other subjects. Lean back here a little and learn… “. Exactly;)

General information about the courses

To be fair, I have to mention that, as you can see, I only took 20 ECTS. The rule is now 30. I know people who were not working to capacity even with a full workload and I know people who were already busy. That is certainly also a question of how the grades should be (at the WWU in Münster, the grades are not counted, but the courses are only entered as passed, which is fair because of the differences in the grading system) and what kind of expectations you have of yourself represents. Last but not least, what you were used to from your own university. If you were busy at home and know everyday university life, you won’t break yourself here, but the weekly schedule is already well filled with lectures. There is also an obligation to attend. I only accepted 80% of this compulsory attendance, then nobody said anything. Some others supposedly got an email straight away when they weren’t there. Others, strangely enough, wrote two or three names on the attendance list that was always going around during the lectures… and there should also have been people who went during the breaks… but there were also people who didn’t give up after the break the attendance list, because the lecturer is of course not stupid and it notices when suddenly 4 people are missing and then gives around a new list. But it only happened once;) I was told that the compulsory attendance is more important for students who come from countries or universities for which this attendance is a prerequisite for crediting or a valid visa. So it could be

On-site support

To anticipate that: What has made itself felt again and again, be it in lectures, any organizational events or parties at the university: It was usually certain that nothing is certain: D The organization was often gruesome. If I go to an event in Germany that says that students can ask their questions about individual lectures and the lecture schedules, I also assume that a large part of it can be answered. Forget it, other countries, other customs. The Irish are much more relaxed about that. As always, this has many advantages, but it can also be a bit annoying at times. In the end, I just stopped going to such events. Not even those that deal, for example, with career prospects or something. But what I can recommend
Otherwise the care was perfect. The people in charge always tried hard. In the beginning, many things didn’t work. It was never clear (until the beginning of the lecture period) when which event would take place. But that was also due to the fact that many modules were converted in winter. On the other hand, there was also a lot of understanding when it took longer to choose your official course and wanted to try out lectures. Remember that you pay a large chunk of tuition fees there and the DBS is a private university. There is not such a state-run university landscape in Ireland as there is in Germany. You should be treated accordingly nicely, but I can promise you that! We were all given a very warm welcome and tours of Dublin and the surrounding area were offered from day one.

Accommodation search

Finding accommodation is a major challenge. The prices are very high, if you are not lucky enough to end up in a 4-person flat share, you can get by on 400 euros a month. But then they are often Irish. Unfortunately, cleanliness is a foreign concept in most Irish shared apartments. On the other hand, of course, the flat share concept plays a major role. In any case, one does not even come close to the German cleanliness;) My friend is experiencing it herself, but accepts it because, as I said, she does not pay that much and therefore lives with very nice people. Incidentally, the rental prices there are often given with weekly prices, so be careful. Times 4 is the keyword, you don’t always think that with the prices;) At 200 euros you can assume that this is the monthly price.

In any case, the search for accommodation is handled differently. I’m more of the planning type, so I looked beforehand and didn’t want to torment myself on site. You have time for it in the first few days, yes, but you also miss doing the first things with all the new people. And in this first time cliques also form. So I would definitely do it again. For example, my girlfriend flew over there before and personally looked for her room. Costs, of course, but prevents you from being ripped off. But it certainly also depends on whether you spend a year here (like them) or just a semester. DBS does not recommend renting and transferring money beforehand for something you’ve never seen. I heard that myself from fellow students there to whom this happened. The stood on the day of arrival then was stupid. No room, deposit change. However, I think that you can be a little careful and that won’t happen. For example, I booked a room through Vivahouse Dublin. This is a company that manages several houses in Dublin and rents them to students or workers. It was obvious that this was not going to happen to me at this company. However, the relaxed mentality of the Irish showed up again, although the company is run by Italians ^^ I had somehow agreed on a different room than before, but it was a single room and that was ok. I lived on Ash Street (Dublin 8). With 550,000 people, Dublin is really not that big and extremely manageable, even if it doesn’t seem like that to you at the beginning. In Ash Street, however, I lived really centrally and safely. Above all, the Irish are not very familiar with avoiding noise through sensible windows. Vivahouse’s home on Ash Street is on a cul-de-sac. …Message?! Not that many drive long; P Was also necessary because I almost lived on the sidewalk with my huge bay windows: D Unfortunately, it wasn’t always that clean and the Vivahouse didn’t always care. When I complained about the mattress, I got a new one. When I complained about the mold in the shower, it was removed. All good, not a thing. But when we had water damage, it took 4 days for something to happen. And when the affected roommate said something more intensely, he was threatened with expulsion. The same thing happened to other residents of the Vivehouse houses (I knew some who lived in these). I’ve always had very good experiences with the Vivahouse, but unfortunately it wasn’t cleaned regularly and my room (single room with bathroom) was extremely small, including the bathroom. More like a storage room. But rents in Dublin are high, that’s a fact. The lack of space annoyed me in the end, but on the other hand the Vivahouse provides everything (internet, WaMa, dryer,…) and you travel a lot anyway. Personally, I would recommend it, especially if I’ve heard from others where they lived. You should definitely lower your expectations about the standard of living in order to be happy here, and not take the search for a room lightly, then it’ll work: ) Many of those who searched on site and at the beginning of the semester had extreme problems finding what. It was sometimes already tight in the hostel when everyone started;) But the DBS has the advantage that if you take the English courses with you, you are earlier than students from other universities. You should use this time advantage in case of doubt. Speaking of time;)

Leisure and excursion possibilities

What is really great about Dublin is the pub atmosphere. In recent years pubs have apparently been swallowed up for financial reasons, but new ones have sprung up (that’s a trustworthy source, namely an Indian taxi driver;)). There are around 1000 pubs in and around Dublin. Speaking of Indians: Dublin is really multicultural. Around 40% of Dubliners are not Irish. This is certainly also due to the strong industry that has now settled there. Back to the pub. Irish culture is pub, there is no contradiction. The huts are always full, especially on weekends, unless you go to remote areas, which is nice (!). A lot of live music, super open people, dancing without a dance floor, it’s really a nice atmosphere and makes you feel good a lot of fun! I wouldn’t go to the classic pubs in the Temple Bar area like that. The Auld Dubliner, for example, is a great address there, but primarily tourists are in the area. The atmosphere there is sometimes destroyed by puking and rioting tourists. It doesn’t have to be, I think. The porterhouse on the edge of Temple Bar is also really great. But don’t be surprised by a pub crawl. Well then 40 Spaniards come into the hut and blow up the shop ^^ But there are also many discos and bars in Dublin. That was nice, especially at the Erasmus parties. Discey’s is very popular because it is extremely cheap on certain days of the week (e.g. Sundays and Tuesdays) (2 and 2.50 euros per pint !!). I didn’t like the music there, rather RnB and Hip-Hop.

Otherwise, I have to say that there are a lot of homeless people in Dublin, which always frightened me as a “village boy” and that Dublin is not that nice: P Short objection: The Irish are totally impartial and nice with the homeless. There may be black sheep, but many took good care of them, bought them something to eat or called the ambulance and the police in an emergency. I did that myself sometimes and had to find out that these people are really grateful. Not like here in Germany, where you sometimes get the impression that money is earned here with poverty… but be careful in the Temple Bar area, there are hallunks there too. But you can usually see and notice that in them.

Back to Dublin. The Liffey, which divides Dublin into north and south, is of course a really nice thing. Also that the sea is so close. The seaside town of Howth in north Dublin is a must see. The cliffs there are about 60 meters high and there are beautiful hiking routes (also for non-hiking fans;)). But do so at the beginning of winter if possible, the weather in Dublin is not so plump and changes quickly. Malahide is also beautiful (via Howth, also in the north). There are no cliffs there, but a very nice beach. In the south of Dublin, I personally don’t find the coasts that impressive. In general, however, I can only recommend that you drive out of Dublin at every opportunity and explore Ireland. I don’t know living by the sea, which is why I have always liked to visit the coasts in the west or south. Amazing !!! Even so, the landscape is very beautiful and if you think the urban Irish are nice, you will love the Irish, I promise. Ireland is not that big, for example, you can take the bus to the west coast for 4 hours. And it doesn’t have to be expensive either. There are day tours, of course. At 45 euros or more, they are not cheap and the buses often stop in many places. You don’t have a lot of time, even if the guides are often super nice and hard-working. However, there are two bus companies in Dublin (Bus Éireann and one other) that operate many routes in Ireland. The network is really very dense. This is not a tour, you just book a bus trip. That then costs, for example, 16 euros to Galway and back (west coast, so once completely through Ireland!). That’s really cheap. Then you stay there for a weekend explore Galway and drive back. I should have done something like that more often and can only recommend it to you.

In Dublin itself I can now list sights for you, but I don’t want to bore you. I found the Jameson Distillery impressive, but the Guinness Storehouse totally disappointing. Except for the view from the bar on the top floor, in which there is a 15 € guinness “free”: P Admission is around 15 euros and more dollars apart from the Guinness in my opinion;) I was not alone with this opinion there. Otherwise there are still many churches, some of which are also very beautiful. Henry and Grafton Street are a must, but you can’t avoid them anyway. Likewise, O’Connell Street (the central street on which virtually every bus starts or ends), which crosses Henry Street. People shop on these streets.

General do’s & don’ts

Coins are used to pay on the bus in Dublin. Bills? No!;) If you don’t pay properly, you get a receipt and have to pick up the money at the central bus station on O’Connell Street. You can only buy single tickets on the bus. Everything else is also in the central bus station.

The Irish keep apologizing for everything. It’s not annoying, it’s really ingenious and usually suppresses misunderstandings, rabble or fights in the bud. I found it super pleasant and it just brings people together more. What rather annoyed me was the “How are you?” After all, don’t really care how you are doing. Return if you want to be nice. It is seen more than a “Hello!” I found it so wrong that I mostly didn’t reply. And strangely enough, when I did it, there was a correct answer. Strange, apparently someone noticed that I wasn’t just asking;)
Be a little careful with issues like the British occupation and the financial crisis. I didn’t have any problems there, but the Irish, despite their cheerful and fun attitude, are a bit sensitive to these issues. Especially the elderly Irish.

The Irish love irony and fun. But especially when they do it. Don’t just start talking, first listen and make friends. And if someone in the pub buys you a pint, the next round is on you. There is also no question: “Do you like another one?”. It is picked up and done, the Irish are straightforward. But it is part of the culture that you then pass each other on.

Now to be on the safe side, Dublin is said to have a low crime rate, but it’s a capital city. There is a lot of robbery and stealing in capital cities, so be careful. This also applies to looking for an apartment. One cannot generally say that the north is bad and the south is good. You tend to be better off in the south, but the first fellow students (and luckily the only ones) who were attacked lived in the south. So be careful. Inform a little and if possible take the bus or a taxi home when it gets late. Unfortunately, the bus no longer runs after half past 12 and the said fellow students were attacked on the way from the bus stop home, which was only 400 meters. Taxi and cinema in Dublin are the things that are really similar to German prices, so don’t skimp. A few girls were out with pepper spray when they went home. This is just as forbidden in Ireland as it is in Germany, unless it says something about animals (but I only know that from Germany). I know people who smuggled two in anyway. Neither of the two airports took it out or the police spoke to them, but that can theoretically happen to you.

I experienced a lot at my girlfriend’s (North Circular Road in Dublin 7). She lives in the north. She lives there really nicely and the house is great, but you had the feeling that something always happened on this street at night (admittedly, it is also long, she lives almost at number 300;)). A man was lying on the street at night because he was mugged and attacked with a knife, four teenagers broke into a car and were robbing it when we saw it, another time two men robbed a house while I was on the street next to it stood,… I don’t want to unpack any horror stories here. Just take care of yourself when you are around. Nothing ever happened to me and luckily neither has happened to my girlfriend so far. Also in front of my door in Ash Street an Indian was once brutally beaten up. I moved into the house with my girlfriend when the bat moved a few meters away. Happened. With me, however, only this once, with my girlfriend very often. The police call her on 999. They are there super fast and very professional, don’t hesitate! But watch out if you have to give your name and address. A taxi driver once warned us that criminal guys like to come over to you if you make a statement and leave your address. And supposedly A taxi driver once warned us that criminal guys like to come over to you if you make a statement and leave your address. And supposedly A taxi driver once warned us that criminal guys like to come over to you if you make a statement and leave your address. And supposedly
In Ireland you are obliged to report to the police as soon as you leave your name and address there. So, call the police: Yes, definitely !!!!!! Give name and address: Hm, depending on the situation.


Ireland is really beautiful, so travels, travels, travels;) I was at the end, not least because crime increased a little towards Christmas and I wanted to have the German quality of life again, and I was already happy when I went back to Germany. Well, not even three weeks ago, I’m really looking forward to the city again and I’m flying there on January 30th. Not least because of my girlfriend, of course;) But I’m also really looking forward to the pub atmosphere, the Irish and all of Ireland. I can recommend DBS and Dublin with all its advantages and disadvantages. It is certainly a matter of taste and I am sure that I also miss Dublin because of my personal experiences, which you can also gain in other parts of the world. Nevertheless it was a unique and wonderful time that I will remember fondly in my life. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, no problem at all. You can get my email address from MicroEDU. But please no “stupid” questions that you can simply research ^^ All jute!

Dublin Business School Review (17)