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Dublin, Ireland: The Ideal Study Abroad Destination for First-Time Travelers

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Bradley U chapter.

Dublin, Ireland, is a phenomenal destination for those considering studying abroad for the first time. Whether it’s your first time studying abroad or even your first time out of the country, Ireland has distinct features that make it easier to adapt to than other study abroad destinations. 

Language barriers are a common worry for first-time travelers but shouldn’t be a sizeable concern when visiting Dublin as English is the city’s primary language. Living in a new country is a scary thought for some, but being somewhere where English is widely spoken can make the transition a little easier. 

That isn’t to say other languages aren’t spoken in the diverse city of Dublin. On the street, it’s common to hear numerous languages, like Gaelic (Irish), Portuguese, French, Spanish and German. 

Additionally, Irish culture is present but not overwhelming in Dublin, displayed in their live music, traditional meals, detailed folklore and sports. Contrary to popular belief, Irish culture is more than meeting at the local pub to have a pint of Guinness after work. As a student, I’ve immersed myself in the local Dublin culture through pubs, historical tours, watching cricket at Trinity and traditional restaurants. 

Overall, deciding where you want to study abroad can be difficult. Living in a new country and navigating classes may get overwhelming; however, those abroad for the first time may find the transition easier than expected due to Dublin’s use of English as a primary language and its immersive local culture. 

Morgan Casey

Bradley U '23

Morgan is studying marketing at Bradley University with minors in professional writing and business analytics. After college she plans on pursuing a career that involves brand marketing.