Meet Susanne, the Resident Director of CAPA's Dublin program. She answers some questions about where CAPA International Education students live, what to expect from the academics while you study abroad, and tells us about some of the fun stuff as well like MyEducation activities and her favorite place to soak up a bit of Irish culture on a Saturday night. If you have any more questions for Susanne, please leave a comment and she'd be happy to respond!
CAPA WORLD: How long have you lived in Dublin, what brought you there and which area do you call home?
SUSANNE BACH: I arrived in Ireland in the summer of 1989 and was supposed stay for a period of three months working as a nanny before starting college. Needless to say, I feel in love with the country and its people. I now live in the Wicklow mountains about 25 km south of Dublin.
Photo: River Liffey, Dublin by 2C
CW: As Resident Director for CAPA International Education's Dublin program, how can students best prepare for their semester abroad?
SB: I would suggest to read a little bit about Irish history and familiarize yourself with Irish culture and music.Plan the trips you would like to take around Ireland and delve into Irish literature. Reading the Irish Times online will also give you a good insight into what is happening in Ireland at present.
CW: Tell us a bit about the CAPA Dublin academics. What sort of courses are on offer? Where do classes take place? Will credits transfer to the student's home institution?
SB: You will find that Irish people in general are very kind and welcoming and this includes our academics. You will be taught by experts in their various fields who care about their students.
Our CAPA led courses include the study of the Global City, the Irish language and culture and Irish cinema. Students can enroll in plenty of courses offered by Griffith College which include a course on Irish history, courses within the creative arts, the media, journalism and business.
All spring and fall term classes take place at Griffith College and the credits are transferable to the student's home institution.
Photo: Yellow and brick - a Dublin door by Stephen Heron
CW: Where do CAPA students live? What is the area like and some of the most interesting places nearby.
SB: During spring and fall terms, the students live in apartments at the Resident's Hall in Griffith College. The College is a 25 minute walk from the city center and is located in a largely middle class neighborhood. The College offers many amenities such as the restaurant, bar, students union and the immediate neighborhood has a variety of ethnic shops.
During the summer, the students will live in city center apartments or home stays located near the campus.
CW: Can CAPA students complete an internship while studying abroad in Dublin? Tell us about some of the opportunities available.
SB: We have a variety of exciting internship sites open to our students. These include Ireland's leading music magazine 'Hot Press', various art galleries, graphic design studios, advertising agencies, a number of NGOs and Element Pictures famous for such films as 'The Guard' and 'The Wind that Shakes the Barley'.
Photo: Harp busker in Dublin by Miguel Angel Vilela
CW: Where's your favorite hidden gem in Dublin and what is special about it?
SB: One of my favorite hidden gems in Dublin is Marsh's library. Founded in 1701, Marsh's Library has remained unchanged for three centuries and the staff always have a friendly welcome for every visitor. The Queen Anne building, with its original oak bookcases, houses more than 25,000 rare and interesting books.
CW: Dublin is well known for its strong literary history. Do you have any reading recommendations for students considering studying abroad in Dublin?
SB: Please be sure to read 'Dubliners' by James Joyce and anything by Samuel Beckett. John Banville's writing will also give you a great insight into contemporary Irish literature.
Photo: C215 street art in Dublin by HookedBlog
CW: CAPA is well known for its MyEducation activities that take students beyond classroom learning and into the city to explore. What are some of the Dublin events?
SB: We will start every term with a historical walking tour of Dublin to give the students a broader understanding of Ireland's history. We will also visit the Government Buildings and the famous Glasnevin cemetery. We will explore the coastal villages of Dublin and visit the 'James Joyce Tower'. Outside of Dublin, we offer day tours to the monastic settlement of Glendalough and visit the Belfast Titanic Museum.
CW: Tell us about the food in Dublin. What are the specialties and which restaurants have been the most memorable for you?
SB: Nowadays you can pretty much find any food in Dublin you like. The Boxty House in the Temple Bar area offers traditional Irish food in a nice setting.
My favourite places to eat would be the Chameleon and Coppinger Row restaurants not to forget the famous toasted sandwiches in Grogan's pub.
Photo: Full Irish breakfast by MacGBeing
CW: Best way to spend a Saturday in Dublin, soaking up some culture?
SB: Listening to Irish music in the Cobblestone makes for an enjoyable night out and seeing a play in any of the Dublin theaters will always be a night to remember.