I*ESN DCU BuddySystem - Long lasting friendships

9 May 2019

Hear from past members of the I*ESN DCU BuddySystem :

"I’m a massive fan of the BuddySystem. I got two buddies who are both fantastic Frenchies. I was lucky that they were both super chatty from the minute we started chatting in the airport to this very day, as they both joined the I*ESN DCU committee eventually. Laura is such a gorgeous soul who is extremely caring and helpful. We shared many classes too so it was great seeing a familiar face that I could always chat to. Maxence was always free to come and have a laugh with me. I would definitely say that I’ve gained two unbelievable friends that have both taught me things in their own ways."

- Danielle Rourke, Dublin

The BuddySystem is amazing if it works well. I was very lucky with my buddy, Danielle. We were in contact before my arrival in Dublin. As I have disability, she made my life easier by buying stuff I needed for my accommodation. She looked forward to meeting me and even picked me up at the airport. She was there for me, answered all my questions and reassured me as it was the first time I left France on my own. An amazing friendship has been built between the two of us. I feel really grateful in general. I*ESN brought me so much during my year abroad! I’ll miss Ireland, Dublin and DCU with all my Irish and Erasmus friends.

- Laura Fivet, France

This is the first step to enjoying your stay. My Buddy (for life) is Danielle and I’m glad she went to pick me up at the airport, because I would have probably died on the way if I was alone. She was the first friend I made in Ireland and I really recommend people who will come to DCU in the following years to join the BuddySystem.

- Maxence Darrigade, France

Buddy System at Dublin City University

7 May 2019

I*ESN DCU is based on "Students Helping Students", its first aim is to welcome and include international students in the local life of their new city. In order to fulfil that aim, I*ESN DCU uses the BuddySystem.

The BuddySystem is an online platform matching international students and local students for a buddy programme. The platform, developed centrally, provides management access to local stakeholders responsible for coordinating the integration of the incoming students. After the pairing is complete, international students can benefit from a personalised welcome, thanks to their local buddy. It includes support for administrative procedures, one-to-one visit of the city and place of study. To sum up he can be helped when needed.

Objectives of the BuddySystem :

The BuddySystem is dedicated to international students who, thanks to the platform, will have the opportunity to develop a relationship and interact with local students and enrich their lives through an intercultural experience.

The main goals of the BuddySystem are:

- Improving the welcome phase and the integration of international students through an online tool for universities/schools and associations

- Developing the internationalisation of local students by promoting intercultural exchange and open-mindedness

- Strengthening student mobility facilities and enable the local stakeholders to develop long-lasting partnerships by providing them with common communication, facilitation and training tools

To join the BuddySystem at DCU visit the following website and click "Sign Up" :

Have any questions email : 

Need a day trip outside Dublin? Give these other Irish cities a visit!

12 October 2018

Dublin has a lot to offer Erasmus students, so it would be easy to get to the end of the semester and realise you have yet to venture outside the "Big Smoke". However, it would be a shame to come to Ireland and miss out on the other great cities Ireland has to offer outside the capital. Here are three great spots in Ireland you should start planning your day trips to, just to get you started.

1. Galway

 With a train going directly from Heuston Station to Ceannt Station, located in the heart of Galway, this is an easy day out to the west of Ireland. In Galway you will find shopping, buskers and great food and pubs! Why not venture out of the city centre to the Salthill Promenade for a stroll along the beach or a visit to the Aquarium? Finish off the day by warming up with a plate of McDonagh's famous fish and chips or a pint of Guinness in the iconic Róisín Dubh. If you are feeling festive, the Galway Continental Christmas Market starts from 6pm on Friday 16th November and runs until Saturday 22nd December this year. The Christmas Market is a great day out so make sure to mark down the dates in your diary!

2. Cork

If you are a foodie, Cork city is perfect for you, with West Cork recently being named the top foodie destination in Ireland. While you are in Cork you can visit the famous English Market for a quaint lunch time break. For the more science minded of you, a visit to the Blackrock Castle Observatory is sure to be an enjoyable experience. The gorgeous castle grounds and the amazing scientific exhibitions it houses will give your hours of entertainment. There is also a direct train from Dublin to Cork so just hop on board and relax while you travel down to the scenic south of Ireland (don't forget your DCU student card if you plan on getting cheaper student train tickets!).

3. Belfast

If you are a movie, television or history buff, a trip to Belfast has to be top of your list! Yet again, a direct train from Dublin and your student discount on tickets will get you there cheaply and easily.  The Titanic Belfast Experience will teach you all about the RMS Titanic, and the many myths and legends surrounding her story, right in the city where she was built. Game of Thrones fans will be able to take a tour of The Dark Hedges whilst in Belfast too! Or why not find out more about Ireland's fascinating past in a Black Cab Tour? These tours are extremely popular so make sure to book well in advance to avoid disappointment! 

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