How to Study Abroad in Dublin, Ireland

Dublin RiverSo you have always loved St. Patrick’s Day? There’s just something about little men dressed in green, shamrocks, and pots of gold that really trips your trigger? Awesome! You should study abroad in Dublin, Ireland!

Dublin is home to about 2 million people and was founded as a Viking settlement during the 9th century. Although it is not one of the most popular study abroad locations, it definitely has it’s own merits and will serve as a great base for your study abroad location. What exactly can you do while studying abroad in Dublin? Here are some of our tips for getting the most out of your time in this awesome city!

1. Experience a real St. Patrick’s Day. Sure, we dress up in green in the USA and drink green beer on St. Patrick’s Day. But you have not ever really exprierenced St. Patty’s until you have done it in Dublin. St. Patrick’s Day is always on March 17 (which means you would need to study abroad during the spring semester) and there is a great parade in Dublin that features fantastic street performers. The festivities last for about four-days, so don’t feel like you have to skip school on the 17th to really enjoy this event!

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Irish Students Abuse Alcohol More Often than Other European Teens

A long running joke goes something like:

Q: “Why did God invent beer?”
A: “To keep the Irish from taking over the world.”

underage-drinkingThe Irish have always been known for their preference for alcohol; until now, I thought it was just a stereotype that should not be taken too seriously. Turns out though, maybe it is based on the truth.

A recent European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs revealed that 47 percent of Irish 15- to 16-year-olds have been drunk in the past year. This is higher than the European average, which is still high at 39 percent.

The legal drinking age in Europe is 18, so drinking alcohol at 16 is not as unheard of there as it is in the U.S. In fact, 90 percent of students surveyed had tasted alcohol in the past year. But that could mean a glass of wine at dinner. It did not mean “staggering when walking, slurred speech or throwing up,” which is how the survey defined drunkenness. Read the rest of this entry »


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