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UCD

Exchange Semester (Fall/Spring): Spring

Academic Year: 2016/2017

 

Chosen Electives (name)

Implementing Digital Projects

Global Leadership (mandatory)

Business Project (mandatory)

 

Main differences compared to Nova SBE teaching methods

Less groupworks          

Better English of the staff

No exams


Is the local CEMS Club active?

Not much, however, this depends a lot on the students and the overall motivation. Apparently, last semester the CEMS Club was very active and engaged. This semester, there is a lack of overall motivation, attendance at events is almost non-existent and no real “group feeling”

 

Accommodation

Available options for accommodation and suggestions

Proby (on campus) – approximately 1100€ per month

Shared Houses – I pay 600€ in Blackrock, in a house with 3 other girls

 

Approximate cost of accommodation

See above

Proby (on campus) – approximately 1100€ per month

Shared Houses – I pay 600€ in Blackrock, in a house with 3 other girls. Depends on area and rooms

 

Total cost of living (per month)

1500 (650 living included)

 

Transportation cost

Public transportation is more than 100€ - bike is the better option within Blackrock, however to get to the City Center, public transportation is needed


Meal cost

On campus: 5-7€ for Lunch, Coffee approximately 3,5€

Supermarket: comparable to other cities, not to expensive

 

Experience

Briefly comment your overall experience

First, UCD is NOT in Dublin (30-40 min to get there), buses are not regular, the Dart runs until around midnight. At night, a taxi is needed to get back home

It is always either raining or grey

The gym is at Belfield campus, approx. 30-40 min by public transportation

UCD is a very good school, however, options to enjoy your exchange in Blackrock are limited


Exchange Semester (Fall/Spring): Fall

Academic Year: 2016/2017

 

Chosen Electives (name)

Strategy and International Business

New Ventures Dynamics

Global Marketing

 

Main differences compared to Nova SBE teaching methods

The teaching method is way easier, at least for the courses I named. In NOVA classes are trimestral, here are semester so the work is more spread out, so I would say you can have a less stressful school life here. Each course either has one final exam, or no exam (so the biggest part of the evaluation is like a group work). I would say also that I didn’t learned that much from Global Marketing and New Venture Dynamics… so the quality of the content is not the greatest. For the CEMS mandatory course, I really liked it and the teacher, it was the only valuable one where you I worked a lot and it compensated. The teachers at nova are also better and more accessible.

 

Is the local CEMS Club active?

It depends because Dublin it’s only 1 year of masters so when you go there, there is no one from previous year/semester. In the first weeks you all decide who is going to be the president and the CEMS Club. In my year, everyone wanted to participate and we had great events with major Tech and Consulting Companies, it was amazing! In general, I believe there is always a good CEMS Club because there is so much potential. Moreover, since you will be like 40 people on CEMS, it is easy to gather everyone and do something.

 

Accommodation

Available options for accommodation and suggestions

I would say this is the most challenging part of your semester, get ready! In my year there was a huge shortage of accommodation, so the prices were ridiculously high. My tips: do not stay at the residences (people there tend to never leave!!!! Its crazy), staying in the city center is amazing, but only if other people are because otherwise everyone will live near campus and the nightlife will be there (my year, everyone was living in Blackrock, previous year, everyone was living in the city center). Arrive to Dublin AT LEAST 2 weeks before the Block Seminar. Dubliners like to rent their houses to people they know in person, so it is easier to book viewings if you are already there (tip: I stayed at the Kinlay House Dublin, very good). Be aware of scams…like every city in the world. Try to be close either to a Bus stop or the DART (train) stop, it will make your life so easy! Lastly, look for daft.ie and the accommodation platform of UCD. There is also the alternative to stay at a family’s house, it is cheaper but I wouldn’t recommend it.

 

Approximate cost of accommodation

In 2015, one room in the city center would be something like 700€ per month all included, and near Blackrock like 500€. In 2016, one room in the city center would be something like 800-900€ per month and near Blackrock like 700€.

 

Total cost of living (per month)

I would say like 200€ without the accommodation. 100€ for food and the rest for nightouts, pints, taxis… You get a lot of discounts with your UCD card.

 

Transportation cost

If you are well located, buy a bike, seriously!!!!! The Bus monthly pass is 110€ (pay as you use, so it can last whenever you want), then if you need the tram pass you add more, then if you need the dart pass you add more to that! It is quite expensive so we all used our bikes (yes, you can cycle after a nightout!) or use the taxi.

 

Meal cost

At UCD cafeteria I think it was something like 6€ for a good meal with a drink…I usually take from home. But going out can be cheap like MacDonalds with a Big Mac Menu for 5€ or going to a better restaurant and pay like 20€ for a pizza and a coke. Supermarket – buy at lidl! The cheapest!

 

Experience

I must be honest, it was difficult at first because we arrived with no accommodation and scared with the housing prices. We looked everywhere and luckily, we found a really nice house for 2 people, modern and close to UCD. It is a small capital and it is not obvious to find new things to do, you have to look and start to know the city. The school is like 30min by bus from the city center so It is easy to never go there! I tried to go to the city center at least 2 times every week and I found myself in such cool places and meeting so many nice people. Also, I went to all trekking places in Dublin, it has so many nice hills and mountains with breath-taking views so my advice is not to leave it to the last minute!

I was not surprised by the school as it wasn’t as efficient at nova, and I actually found it quite complicated. I chose courses that weren’t heavy in terms of workload because I wanted to enjoy Dublin and visit Ireland, so this is my advice. Since the teaching is not amazing, don’t waste time and do easy courses to enjoy the life there!!!!!

I think those who didn’t enjoyed Dublin as much as I do, never went to the city center, were always studying because of hard courses or were just lazy. So in Dublin push yourself to become a Dubliner, you’ll love it!