While hitting the books is an important part of getting your degree, college life really begins outside the classroom. Dublin’s third-level campuses are abuzz with exciting societies, events and social opportunities.


The Third Level: From Tarquinia to Dublin

Rachele Faggiani is the first-ever recipient of the Dublin Postgraduate Scholarship, co-funded and developed by Dublin City Council and Education in Ireland. We sat down to chat about her time in Dublin. What’s your name & where are you from? Hi everyone! I’m Rachele, I’m from Italy. I come from a small town called Tarquinia, just outside Rome on the seaside. Can you tell us a little bit about the course you’re studying? I’m a postgrad student at Trinity College, and I’m studying for an MPhil in


Dublin as a Learning City

Lifelong learning is crucial to the quality of an individual’s life. It boosts self-esteem, increases employability, helps individuals meet new people from a range of backgrounds and transcend social boundaries, all while enriching local communities. That’s why Dublin has joined the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) and formally became a Learning City in 2019. The initiative seeks to promote the various ways people can learn something new, both inside and outside the classroom, through traditional and non-traditional methods. It aims to ensure that education and lear


The Third Level – From Munich to Dublin

Doing a Masters in Dublin: An international student’s experience Romina Dashghachian is from Germany, while her parents are from Iran, and she came to Ireland to study in Dublin. In 2019, she began her Masters Degree in Public Relations at DCU. During her stay, Romina shared her experience as an international student with Dublin.ie. Why Romina did her Masters in Dublin Romina reckons that Dublin and her hometown of Munich have a lot in common. “Munich has a community feel, so you never feel like you’re in a giant anonymous city,” she says. “And that’s why I like Dublin as well. When you’re here, you don’


Life on campus for the international student

Ireland might be a small country, but our universities and colleges are incredibly diverse. Every year, tens of thousands of students from over 130 countries come here to study.

This Land is Your Land, this Land is Ireland - Dublin was never on Anna Grimard’s trajectory. She tells us all about what Liffeyside life has to offer. Image: Anna Grimard.


This Land is Your Land, this Land is Ireland

Dublin was never on Anna Grimard’s trajectory. Now, an MSc in Marketing, a red-haired fiancé and a managerial role with an award-winning Irish travel company later, she tells us all about what Liffeyside life has to offer. Originally from Florida, it took a while – and a hint from Hollywood – before Anna ended up crossing the Atlantic. “I did my undergrad in advertising in Georgia, in the States, so I was in Atlanta for three years. When I left, I kinda moved around a bit… I ended up in Tennessee, working at a children’s non-profit museum, which was super fun – but I was so obsessed then with getting something in advertising.” At the time, jobs in her fiel

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Ed Giansante & eDublin: A local guide for Brazilians

A pathfinder for Brazilians coming to Dublin Ed Giansante – aka Edu or Eduardo Giansante – left Sao Paulo for Dublin in 2008 with the hope of learning English and making a new start in Ireland. Initially, he lived with a host family in a Dublin suburb and went to an English language school near Mountjoy Square. Since then, his English, his career and his following have all come a long way. From boom, to bust, to blogging Ed’s timing was both good and bad. Upon his arrival in 2008, Ireland’s economy had hit a massive recession and the country was facing into a period of austerity. It would be hard for a native to survive in

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Dublin’s quirkiest student clubs and socs

Anyone for capoeira? Fancy an evening of food and drink? Or how about spending time with some serious Harry Potter fans? Universities and colleges in Dublin have a strange and eclectic mix of student clubs and societies. Yes, there’s soccer and Gaelic games, but what about caving and potholing or sepak takraw – a type of kick volleyball? Yes, drama and debating are to be expected, but


What’s different about Dublin?

Every year, tens of thousands of people from over 130 countries come to study in Ireland’s universities, institutes of technology and colleges. What’s bringing them here and why are they choosing Ireland? Sheila Power is director of the Irish Council for International Students. She points out that overall statistics for the number of international students are hard to pin down, but says that we need to broaden the conversation out. Ireland is an attractive destination for international students because it is perceived as friendly and safe “Ireland is an attractive des

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The LGBTQ student experience in Dublin

LGBTQ life in Dublin Dublin is a friendly and welcoming place for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. The city’s third-level institutions all have LGBTQ societies, while the city’s bars, restaurants and clubs are welcoming spaces. There’s no shortage of LGBT bars either. There’s The George, Pantibar and Street 66, for example. And the Dublin Pride Festival takes over the city every June. Support groups Growing up gay or bisexual can be tough. Being a young transgender person can be even harder. However, in recent years, Irela

NCAD: Bringing Art to the City's Heart - National College of Art & Design. A vital creative breath in Dublin city, especially around the historic Liberties.


NCAD: Bringing Art to the City’s Heart

What you can expect studying at NCAD Art College is a waste of time, right? Not so. The National College of Art and Design on Thomas Street is really punching above its weight and is intent on disproving the lazy stereotypes about art students. Its annual showcase has become an art and design highlight in the city – featuring painting, product design, sculpture, fashion and more. We have had lots of opportunities to showcase our work outside the college. Meanwhile, its fashion students have been awarded top prizes both here and abroad. The Dublin art college is cli

The Third Level: The Lir - Ireland's National Academy of Dramatic Art developed in association with London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Image: Student, Damian Gildea.


The Third Level: The Lir

Grand Canal Dock is home to more than just the tech companies it’s famous for. That dark grey contemporary building with unusual green bubbles on the front is The Lir – Ireland’s National Academy of Dramatic Art. Its courses are developed in association with London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and its reputation is enviable. Acting is not for the faint hearted though; it takes a certain type of determination and passion. “It’s…satisfying to me, going through a script and having to do it night and night again. Every moment is live and there is no second take”, explains

The Third Level: From Vermont to Dublin - Ireland's third level system is highly popular. It’s also enticing a lot of international students to the country. Image: Ben Campbell-Rosbrook, Trinity College Dublin student.


The Third Level: From Vermont to Dublin

One American’s experience of studying in Dublin Ben Campbell Rosbrook is originally from Syracuse in upstate New York. After completing his undergraduate at a college in Vermont, he came to Ireland to do his Masters degree at Trinity College Dublin. That was back in 2016, but today he still lives in Dublin where he works as a commercial analyst. After Ben had been living in Dublin for a few months, Dublin.ie spoke to him about his experience of studying in the city. So what brought him to Dublin? Student life from an American’s perspective “I’m spending like half or a