I know studying abroad is a big decision and most of us deal with it with a bit of enthusiasm, expectation and fear. But I assure you that it will be one of the best experiences of your life. You not only get to travel to a new country, but you also learn more about the people, their culture and their living. You become an international citizen from this perspective and broaden your thoughts to a new level.
As far as I am concerned, I am pursuing my Master of Science in Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship in the College of Business and Law at University College Cork (UCC). Since the first day I touched down in Ireland, the university made sure that I am well taken care of by organising welcoming ceremonies and orientation programmes. These are events where all international students are informed about the University, Cork City and the rules and laws of Ireland in general. Moreover, the university organises a city walking tour to acclimatise incoming students with the new city and its various stores, markets and pubs. It is important for one to know that the Irish are one of the friendliest people on the planet and are known to be very social. Unlike people in other countries, the Irish are accommodating and welcoming which helps you to settle down real quick and ease out of the fear of being in a new country on your own.
As the first semester began, I found my lectures to be very interesting. Having come from a chemical engineering background, this course was completely new to me. But I did not have even a slightest discomfort in adjusting and understanding the new business concepts. The professors in UCC realise that students enter their university from various backgrounds and hence make sure the lectures are taught from ground zero up. My class consists of people from diverse backgrounds like China, India, and South Africa and of course, Ireland. This adds to the rich experience and viewpoints in the discussions that come up in class during case studies. I must say, the more internationally diverse the class, the better. It was one of the main reasons why I chose UCC rather than other universities in countries such as US and UK, many of which have classes with only Indian communities. In that case, it would have been better off to do a course in India itself rather than to go miles away in another country.
Overall I must say, it is a brilliant university to be associated with. With over a hundred societies and clubs, they encourage you to be actively involved in extracurricular activities, whether it is in the field of arts, science or sports. Even outside of college there are number of clubs, pubs and other hang out places. The Mardyke Sports Arena is one of the most fascinating things in UCC. With swimming pools, gyms, sports grounds and multi utility courts (Badminton, Basketball, Volleyball etc), they give you international facilities and experiences like none other.
You can check out the university website for more details on your course and other student facilities at www.ucc.ie or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.