Fun Facts

 

Here are some fun facts about the Emerald Isle that you may find useful before you begin your cross-cultural study abroad journey. 

Facts About Ireland

Facts About Dublin

Irish Perceptions of Americans

  • The Republic of Ireland is an island with a population of approximately 4 million people.
  • Ireland’s currency is the Euro (€).
  • Ireland's country calling code is +353. You will need to dial this to call an Irish number if you are using a US mobile phone, or if someone from the US is trying to reach you at an Irish number. 
  • Ireland is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). During Standard time, it is 8 hours ahead of LA and 5 hours ahead of NYC.
  • The island is divided into 32 counties (including the 6 counties comprising Northern Ireland) within 4 provinces: Leinster, Munster, Connacht, and Ulster (all of Northern Ireland is within Ulster).  Northern Ireland is its own country, independent of the Republic of Ireland, and its residents are citizens of the United Kingdom. The situation between Ireland and Northern Ireland remains a very delicate issue – educate yourself on both the history and current politics before arriving.
  • Ireland’s culture is heavily influenced by the Roman Catholic Church.
  • A major difference in culture is that everything in Ireland, Dublin, and most of Europe is much smaller! You will find that cars, buildings, and space in general are not as large as in the US, and you might notice the difference in space in your apartment where you may be living closely with others.

·         Dublin is located in County Dublin, in the province of Leinster.

·         The population in Greater Dublin is approximately 1.5 million.

·         Dublin is divided into postal districts, with even postcodes located south of the River. Liffey and odd postcodes located on the north side. Postcode numbers increase the further you are from the City Centre (which is comprised of Dublin 1 and 2).

·         All Dublin landline phone numbers begin with 01.

·         Dublin has experienced an economic roller coaster since the turn of the century and is currently on the road to recovery. During the economic boom or ‘Celtic tiger’ period, the face of the city changed immensely, and Dublin in now a multicultural capital.

·         The Irish are known for their friendliness and hospitality.

·         It’s a safe city, but like any other large city, crimes do take place.

·         Walking and public transport are the most frequent and reliable ways to travel.

·         There is no typical weather in Dublin. It is constantly changing and you can experience all four seasons in one day!

·         Americans are loud, dramatic, or over-animated, but are also friendly and approachable.

·         Americans are competitive and confident.

·         Americans have great customer service skills.

·         Americans are naive about the rest of the world – this is something that you can change by example if you familiarize yourself with world events and news.

·         Ireland is a very welcoming nation towards Americans, but the locals may enjoy a political debate for the sake of discussion. Do not take offence to their questions as many are truly interested in hearing your views. Follow international news and keep yourself educated.

Dublin Arrival FAQ

 

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The Dublin residences are spread around the city with some north of the river and some south of the river. Depending on your residence, you may be within walking distance to your classes (DBS, Trinity) or you may have to take public transportation to and from classes (UCD).

Our FIE Dublin team will ensure you have the information you need to get around town once your housing has been assigned. Please check the Helpful Maps section on the Arriving in Dublin page for an overview of where our residences are.

 

 



WHEN WILL I FIND OUT ABOUT MY HOUSING PLACEMENT?

You will be notified of your housing allocation approximately 30 days prior to arrival.


 

CAN I MOVE INTO HOUSING EARLY? LEAVE LATE?

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


 

WHAT TIME CAN I CHECK IN TO MY RESIDENCE?

You will receive an email from our FIE Dublin team approximately 30 days before your arrival with details on when you can check into your residence, which can vary depending on your housing assignment.


 

IS BED LINEN PROVIDED?

No. On arrival, you’ll be taken for a local area walking tour where you can purchase necessary items.


 

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 comfortable walk from your residence.

See our handy guide at the top of this page for further information and a map of local stores!


 

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 with us, 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 Dublin 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, 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!).


 

WHERE SHOULD WE GO OUT ON OUR FIRST NIGHT?

We recommend that students get a good night's rest has we have a busy orientation week planned for you!

Dublin Activities

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There is so much happening outside of the classroom! Meet new people, lend a helping hand, join a club, and don’t forget to tell us all about it! Click the icons below to find out more. 


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Dublin Student Life

 

Dublin’s Student Life team is here to help you make the most of your time studying abroad. We provide a comprehensive orientation program, organize activities outside of the classroom, offer travel advice, support your health and wellbeing, and can provide guidance on other opportunities and services in Dublin.

 

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 MEET OUR TEAM

You can find the FIE Dublin Team in our Binary Hub Office in Block D. SLAs are handily located within your residence in an apartment of your own – feel free to knock on their door with any queries!

You can reach all of us by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We recommend that you add this email to your safe senders list as most of our communication to you will come from this email address. 

Dublin Team

Karl Dowling

Karl Dowling

Resident Director IE
Monica Freiband

Monica Freiband

Internship and Programme Coordinator IE
Sarah Griffin

Sarah Griffin

Student Life Assistant IE
Pauline McKerrall

Pauline McKerrall

Assistant Resident Director IE
Ruby Walsh

Ruby Walsh

Student Life Assistant IE