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New to Ireland

red and white umbrella in the rain
  • Prepare for the weather which is likely to change at any given second

  • Even if it’s sunny always carry an umberella!

  • Talk to other people about what you find strange or different, and explain to people when you're in a situation and things don't go the way you expect. You can't be prepared for everything, but letting someone know what you don't understand will help them to make things easier for you.

  • Try to spend time with other people as much as possible - it's easy to get stuck in a rut of study and home without socialising, and that can be very lonely.

  • Careful on the roads - this is one of the few countries where they drive on the left!

  • Try to mix with other Irish students as much as possible - it's amazing how many people come and go without making friends here, and Irish people are genuinely friendly!

  • Try to ask questions in lectures and seminars. It's not wrong to query things with your lecturer/tutor, and part of the education here is about learning to question things and express your opinion. If you're not sure about something ask.

  • Don't copy books at length or rephrase information without acknowledging your source. This can get you into trouble. Check out the guidelines concerning plagiarism if you're unsure about your essay content, but the general rule is that your coursework should be about what you think and why, not just about what's already been written!

  • Make sure you go to all your orientation meetings - they cover cultural differences and will really help you learn the pitfalls in advance!

  • Don't forget our New2Dublin Meet-up group for more useful information and support!

Last updated 10 February 2016 by student2student@tcd.ie (Email).