This week, DCU is in the spotlight for Higher Education Institution of the week.
Dublin City University was founded in 1980 and has since then seen over 50,000 students graduate. Dublin City University is located in Dublin’s northside. When it was established in 1980 it was the National Institute for Higher Education, Dublin, until it elevated to university status in 1989.
It is in the top 4% of universities in the world and in the Top 50 under 50 young universities. It is Ireland’s University of Enterprise and 2016 saw it grow to have 5 faculties, Humanities and Social Sciences, Engineering and Computing, Business School, Science and Health and Institute of Education after the incorporation with St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra and Mater Dei Institute of Education. DCU now expands over 3 campuses . With now over 16,000 students, there are nearly 2,000 non-Irish students from 115 countries.
If you talk to any DCU student or graduate they are almost certainly going to warn you about the rather long walk to the library on the Glasnevin campus. It is on the opposite end of the campus if you are in the Business, Communications or Nursing buildings, you do have a competitive advantage however for a good seat if you are in the Science and Engineering buildings. In the grand scheme of things though, a five to seven minute walk is not something you have to train for and very quickly it will become second nature.
If you are looking for a creative space to work on graphics, photo or video projects the ‘Mac labs’ in the Henry Gratton are a great space. Whether it’s for a college project or just your own past time there will always be other students there willing to help you edit videos, film clips or even just turn on the state of the art Mac desktops.
A little note in regards to finding the building you are supposed to be in, the letters that stand for each building have no relevance to the name of the building unfortunately, Henry Grattan being ‘C’, Nursing building, ‘H’, Business, ‘Q’ and ‘X’ being the science building on the Glasnevin campus. Once you have cracked this code you are on your way to being a DCU campus navigation professional.
The main canteen is a hive of activity around lunchtime as students come from every corner of the campus to eat lunch, chat with friends or attempt to finish an assignment over a quick bite to eat. Some of the favourites in the canteen are the very traditional Irish roast dinner (roast meat, potatoes and vegetables) as well as the healthier options of the salad bar. One of the main attractions however is the subsidised Starbucks coffee that is available across the campuses.
On a sunny day there are a few favourite spots. The NuBar, whether you are there for some music, to watch a sports match or play a game of pool you will soon discover the hugely popular ‘Goujon Bar’ serving famous goujons and chips, it might not sound very exciting but once you have tried it, they will become the tool to your survival when you just do not want to cook.
The second spot to relax in the sunshine or play a game of football is Albert College Park, the perfect place to enjoy an ice cream with friends or shelter under the tress from the rain on your walk to college.
Another nice place to spend time is the All Hallows campus, the buildings date back the the 1800’s and it is a very calm and peaceful environment, perfect for studying.
St. Patrick’s has a new state of the art library which overlooks Drumcondra as well as the ‘Seomra Caidreamh’ home of the Cumann Gaelach (Irish Language and Culture society) who meet there on a weekly basis, as well as meeting on the Glasnevin campus. They run weekly Irish language classes from beginner level, as well as other cultural events.
As well as your academic studies in DCU it is highly recommended that you join Clubs and Societies to ensure the full DCU experience. With over 50 clubs to choose from and over 100 societies you will find just what you’re looking for and make great friends with the same hobbies and interests. If you don’t find what you are looking for, you can set up your own club or society, although with everything from Gaelic football (which you should definitely try) to ultimate Frisbee, and Photography society (Fotosoc) to Circus Arts there is a lot to choose from.
“The International Office works in conjunction with other units in the University, particularly Student Support & Development, to ensure that every aspect of your time at DCU is a success. Over many years, the staff in this office has built up a wealth of expertise in working with international students and is well-placed to answer any of your queries and provide whatever support you may need. We look forward to seeing you throughout your stay at DCU, whether it is for guidance on academic issues, information on participating in University life or assistance with any personal matter which you may wish to discuss.” DCU International Office
The International Office is located in the All Hallows Campus in Drumcondra, watch this guided tour to make finding your way there easy!
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