Studying in Ireland has taught me a lot more than just academic knowledge, but more importantly, it has broadened my horizons. UCC offers many activities and societies for students to enjoy their student life and provides a wide range of support, all with the student in mind and helping them in any way possible. As a student at UCC, I have benefited from experiencing and learning the lives and cultures of a wide range of people. Making friends and communicating with all kinds of people has allowed me to see things from a different perspective and the warmth of the Irish people has given me a deep affection for the country and I have made some very good friends as well. Coming to Ireland to study was the best decision I have ever made!
Mandy Cheng – Business Studies, UCC 2021 graduate
One of the main reasons why I chose to study medicine in UCC is their emphasis on early patient contact and clinical experience. We started developing clinical skills such as physical examinations and history taking in the beginning of the 2nd year. In the same year, we were also sent out for home visits to interact with real patients living with chronic illnesses. In my opinion, these visits were the highlight of the year as it gives students a chance to understand compassion and empathy outside the lecture settings. The professors and lecturers are all well-trained in delivering high quality medical education. They constantly emphasize that medical students in UCC are seen as doctors in training and future colleagues. This creates a friendly learning environment and effective communication between students and the staff. The College of Medicine and Health also has world-class facilities including high fidelity simulation rooms in the newly built ASSERT centre and the FLAME lab for anatomical science.
Cork is a small, peaceful yet colourful city with the campus conveniently located a quick 15-minute walk from the city centre. As a student from Asia, I was initially quite nervous moving to Ireland but Cork’s warm community helped ease my transition from a major city like Hong Kong. The UCC community is comprised of people that come from all around the world, making it a culturally diverse environment.
After graduation, I moved to Galway to start my internship. It was a great experience as I got to truly put my medical knowledge into everyday clinical practice. As an intern, not only do you get to enhance your practical skills but also actively contribute to the care for your patients. The internship program in Ireland caters to the individual goals of their junior doctors. For example, my strong interest in medical education allowed me to organize and lead bedside teaching and case discussion tutorials for NUIG medical students during their hospital clerkships. As I approach the last 2 months of my internship, I am extremely thankful for this opportunity as it gave me the confidence to practice medicine in Hong Kong.
BSc (Hons) Biological and Chemical Science, UCC – 2017 Year 1
I have been studying in UCC for 3 months already which is a new life for me. Not like Dublin Cork is a city of culture, I can slow down myself to enjoy the study life. I love this learning environment which is really different from Hong Kong. In my course, nobody is Asian, except me! In here, I meet many new friends who come from different countries. They are so friendly and nice, so don’t be shy and say Hi to the one who sit next to you! I joined the Dublin day trip with Korean Society, therefore, I have met quite lots of friend who study at UCC, TCD, UCD and DIT. We had a good time, what a memorable experience!
BA in Culinary Art, DKIT
I have an amazing time in the past few months of my first year studying at DKIT. All of the lecturers are equipped with very high qualifications and they conduct classes with professional attitudes. In the lectures, they are helpful, friendly and funny. They talk to me like friends without inequity.
Normally I have classes in the kitchen 4 days a week, so I have a lot of opportunities to practice kitchen skills instead of only watching and listening. Furthermore, there are many sports and societies open to students. For example archery and fencing. Sometimes there are tours visiting different places and the costs are really low.
About our learning assessment, lecturers always tell us not to stress too much on exams but to do better assignments. It’s great, I don’t need to worry too much on exams and enjoy classes. My lecturer Michael also assisted me to get a part-time job, he is very kind and takes good care about me that I feel so warm here.
BA in Culinary Arts, IT Tralee (Completed L6 at IIHCS, transfer to year 2 at IT Tralee)
Studying in Ireland is not a common choice for Hong Kong students, but studying in Ireland could be a good alternative that you may consider.
I am a year 2 student studying Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Arts in Institute Technology of Tralee. In this programme, I am involved in different kind of research and training in the Kitchen. Skills learned in year one such as reaction of different combination of ingredients, food biology and nutrition analysis, they are foundation knowledge for my current and future learning.
Studying Culinary Arts here is so much different from what people at home normally think, such as the operation of the kitchen, very often we need to work on our own and learn to handle different problems. I am also benefited from small class learning that allows me to receive more focused professional support and teaching by experienced lecturers in the industry which has facilitated my learning very much. I am happy that I chose studying in Ireland.
BA (Hons) Social Science, UCD – 2017 Year 1
My study life in UCD is awesome. As UCD has a massive campus with all kinds of facilities such as libraries, gym room, sports courts etc. It indeed provides a comfortable environment for me to study, learn and enjoy the college life. I have met some friends in my course and in a society. I really make my college life more colourful so that it is not just about study. The lecturers in UCD are very professional too. They teach very well and always feel free to answer our questions. In many aspects, UCD really gives me a nice college experience for studying aboard.
BA (Hons) Social Science, UCD – 2017 Year 2
Dublin is a lovely place and UCD has a lovely campus. Nothing more than enjoying the university life in a place where people are kind and approachable. You always want to study abroad, leaving your comfort zone without having so much pressure and here is the place. The weather here is nice as well, even though it is rather cold, but why not? Academic-wise the lecturer here are always friendly and you will meet a lot of international students here from the USA, Europe etc. so I could always meet different people and even organise study group with them!