STUDY • INTERN • EXPLORE

INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIPS

Gain valuable skills in a multicultural environment

FIE IN DUBLIN

Explore the past while creating your future in Ireland

FIE IN LONDON

The world's most popular study destination becomes your classroom

FIE IN AMMAN

Peace and conflict resolution in the heart of Jordan

FIE provides immersive study abroad programs in London, Dublin, and Amman

Dublin Transport


 

 

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There are many public transportation options for getting yourself around Dublin and its surrounds. You can jump on the DART, Dublin's coastal train service, to visit quaint villages along the seafront, or use the local bus network and Luas light rail to traverse the city and suburbs.  

 

Leap Cards

Leap Card is a convenient way to pay for public transport services in Dublin and surrounding counties. It saves you carrying change and Leap Card fares are usually 20% cheaper than cash single tickets. Using your Leap Card is easy. Simply buy your card, Top-Up with Travel Credit or a Period Ticket and away you go. Check their website for information on fares, using your card, card types, and where to buy. 


Buses

Travelling by bus is a great way to explore the wider Dublin area and beyond.

Be aware that busy traffic throughout the capital may mean that your journey isn’t as speedy as by foot or by bike. Check Dublin Bus for city routes.

For cross country coach trips, check out Bus Eireann for routes and pricing. 


Taxis

There are many taxi companies in Dublin. You can call a taxi company and order a taxi, or simply flag one down on the street.

If you’re familiar with ordering taxis with UBER, the Irish equivalent is known as the MyTaxi app, and is very easy to use. 


Trains

The DART Train (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) is a quick and easy way to get around Dublin and the surrounding seaside towns. It runs along the coast of the Irish Sea from Malahide or Howth in North County Dublin, southwards as far as Greystones, Co Wicklow.

For train travel across the greater Irish Isle, Irish Rail is the national train system. You can leave from Connolly or Heuston stations for destinations across Ireland – why not take a look at their routes for inspiration for your next destination!


Luas

The Luas is Dublin's Light Rail Tram System. There are currently two Luas lines running through the city and extending into the suburbs. The Red Line runs West to East and the Green Line runs North to South. It is a relatively cheap way to travel and using your Leap Card will give you discounted fares. 

Arrival FAQ

 

WHERE CAN I BUY...?

Need to buy groceries/towels/toiletries/cell phones/sim cards? There are a plethora of stores in the local area, all a short walk, bus or Tube ride from your residence. See our handy guide for further information and a map of local stores!

WHEN WILL I FIND OUT ABOUT MY HOUSING PLACEMENT?

You will be notified of your housing allocation approximately one month prior to arrival via email.

CAN I MOVE INTO HOUSING EARLY?

Your housing is available for the duration of your program only and FIE cannot cater for early arrivals or late checkouts.

What Should I Bring to London

IS BED LINEN PROVIDED?

Yes. Bed linen is provided (fitted sheet, duvet, duvet cover, pillowcase, and pillow) and you may choose to have your bedding changed once a week.


WHERE IS MY RESIDENCE?

Most of the residences are located in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, within 10-15 minutes walk to Foundation House and at least one of the following tube stations: Gloucester Road, High Street Kensington, South Kensington, or Earl’s Court.

*Please note* that due to a significant increase in enrollment, some student groups may be placed in housing outside of the Kensington area. Just like students in FIE’s residential buildings, students in new accommodations will be notified within 30 days of the program start date and given details of their housing placements. These additional residences are of high quality and boast excellent locations in the city, with only a slightly longer commute to FIE’s Foundation House. Please contact our Director of Residence Life with any questions. 


WHAT TIME CAN I CHECK IN TO MY RESIDENCE?

You will receive an email from our Department of Residence Life approximately 30 days before your arrival in London. Our "standard" check-in time is 10:00 am on your arrival date. However, this is subject to availability and could be as late as 2:00 pm on the day of your arrival. Therefore, a "safe" time to ensure you can get into your room immediately is 2:00 pm. You should plan to arrive at the airport no later than 12:00 noon on the day of your arrival to get through customs and to be at your residence. 


CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE WITH FIE BEFORE OR AFTER MY PROGRAM DATES?

FIE will NOT store your luggage for you before or after your program dates. If you are planning on traveling before, during or after your stay in FIE’s residences, you may have luggage and/or items that you don’t really want to drag along with you. Most rail, airline and coach terminals in London offer some sort of storage for luggage (often called “left luggage”). These facilities are generally operated by businesses that are independent of the stations, airports or Transportation for London, so be sure to pay attention to their terms of storage and particularly their hours as they may be different from the stations’ or airports’ (as in not open 24 hours, 7 days a week!). Please read your email regarding your housing assignment from our Department of Residence Life approximately 30 days before arrival. 


WHERE SHOULD WE GO OUT ON OUR FIRST NIGHT?

We recommend that students stay within Central London on their first few nights before they become familiar with the city. For the first night, we suggest areas such as Covent Garden, Piccadilly, and Leicester Square where you will find a variety of bars, theaters, restaurants, and clubs.

 

Residence Life

      

WELCOME TO LONDON!

The Residence Life Team at FIE will probably be the first to welcome you during your program and the last to say goodbye as you depart! Our staff consists of the Director of Residence Life and Residence Life Manager, who can both be found in Metrogate House, and our Residence Life Supervisors (RLS) who live in all of our student residences and can assist you with residence life questions or concerns, as well as providing out of office hours support.

The Residence Life Team collaborates closely with other FIE teams, including the Facilities Support Team based at Metrogate House, Facilities Team, Student Life, and Housekeeping. 

 

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 MEET OUR TEAM

The RLS team seek to foster a truly communal living and learning experience for students, with a focus on providing diverse, inclusive, and welcoming safe spaces. We are proud to have an elite team pursuing postgraduate study or employed in the education sector in London. You’ll see them around the halls as well as in Foundation House as many of them hold other positions at FIE.

Pssst... the RLS are also great resources for learning about London life, including places to get student discounts, find specific types of food, nightlife, and travel! We hope you get to know our RLS team and utilize their knowledge and talents! 

London Activities

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Looking for ways to really get to know London and the UK? Spend your weekend living with a British family, get involved in a sports club, or sign-up for subsidised events on FIE's Activity Calendar! Have any questions about things to do with your spare time? Visit us in the Student Life office in Foundation House and we'll give you our advice on how to make the most of your time in London!  

FIE LONDON ACTIVITY CALENDAR

From London landmarks to countryside adventures, immerse yourself in your UK study abroad experience with the London Activity Calendar! Popular activities include the London Eye, Tower of London, Wicked, The Lion King & the magical Harry Potter Studio Tour.

Prior to your arrival in London, you will receive an email from Student Life with all the need-to-know information about the London Activity Calendar, including your log-in details. Before you sign-up, please note the following: 

 

Activity Calendar

  •  There are no refunds (unless an activity is cancelled), but you can sell your space to another student
  •  All activities have limited capacity, particularly the Harry Potter Studios and the Wales Weekend
  •  If an activity sells out, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be put on a waiting list 
  •  You will receive a confirmation email after you've registered - further details will be sent closer to the date 
  •  Academics/Internship commitments come first - you will not be excused to attend an optional activity

How to sign-up

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Click the 'log-in/register' button in the top-right hand corner of this page then enter the log-in details emailed to you prior to arrival

Hover over the 'booking' button on the menu on the left of the page, then select  'upcoming events timeline'

 Find the activity you want to sign-up to then click 'register' to add the activity to your shopping basket  'Add more events' or select 'checkout' and complete the payment form 

 


MORE ACTIVITIES IN LONDON & THE UK

Host UK

  • Stay with a host family to explore new parts of the country, learn more about life in the UK, enjoy home cooked meals, and form lifelong friendships

Imperial College Union 

  • Use your Imperial College Union Associate Membership Card* to join one of their over 300 student clubs and societies or to attend special events

International Students House (ISH)

  • Attend talks, club nights, karaoke, pub quizzes and cultural events throughout the week, or make new friends while seeing new places with the ISH Travel Club

Lectures, Talks, and Workshops

  • Learn outside of the classroom with our guide to free or cheap lectures, talks, and workshops across London

Meetup

  • Meetup brings people together to do more of what they want to do in life. Food, film, fitness, fashion  - Meetup have a social group for you whatever your interests

TimeOut

  • Food, art and a whole load of fun events all over the capital – pick up your free copy of TimeOut every Tuesday at your local tube station

 

(*Imperial Associate Membership cards are provided for Spring, Fall and Winter programs only - click here for more details on associate membership)

 

 

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