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Date of Review May 2011 Go Back
Year of Study 1st
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Why did you choose to study in this college?

I have always had a keen interest in languages. I was unsure whether I wanted to focus directly with languages or whether I wanted to diversify it with a business degree. Upon visiting DCU, I realised with the current economic climate that the chance of having 2 languages as well as a business degree would make your chance of employment soar after my degree.

Are you happy with your choice of course?

Yes

On reflection, what made it the right or wrong choice for you?

In school you may feel that you have to sit back and if you have an opinion that you cannot express your opinion. However, even though I am only a 1st year, i have developed the confidence to be in lectures full of 200 people and stand up and give my opinions. You are encouraged to have a voice and for those who are bursting with ideas it is a brilliant course. Not only that, The lecturers are very friendly and if you struggle in the slightest with any particular aspect of your course they are just an email away. And regardless of whether you go to lectures or not they answer all of their emails. For me, yes I did think whether doing 2 languages was the right decision for me. But you get to study the culture of the country, so for me i am doing ab inito spanish and learning the culture has made me want to learn the language more. The business modules that we do, although tough, are very representative of the economy that we are living in. So personally I have a greater understanding as to why the government take the steps that they do to better the economy. If I could chose between this course and another, I would have to say I wouldnt change.

How many hours of organised classes do you have per week?

16-20hrs

Are your lectures/labs mainly based on or off the main campus?

On

Is your course weighted more on continuous assessment or end of year exams?

End of year exams

Is there an option to study abroad on your course?

Yes

What are your favourite aspects of your course?

SElf expression - You have presentations to do for your languages. For french we had to give a presentation on a french film, some stood there and gave there opinions while others acted them out. This flexiblity allows people to learn the way which they can present their materials in the best possible way.

What are your least favourite aspects of your course?

the fact that we had so little hours of french . i want to major in french and with 3 hours you feel that this isnt enough. but speaking to other students you learn how this is adequate for your progression in 2nd year.

Was your course what you expected?

Yes

What do you wish you had known before choosing this course?

How difficult it is. Im not detering people off it, but you have to love languages to want to do it. We had 3 hours a week of french and 5 of spanish. But you have to put the time into the langauges, they arent something that you can cram at the end of semester in order to pass because your assement is done throughout the year,

Why?

although towards the end of semester when it gets busier there is often less books available to borrow in the DCU library, they have an excellent supply as it is. They have long opening hours however at the end of semester or towards exam periods they have extended hours.

Rate your course in terms of difficulty

Difficult

Please rate your course in terms of workload

Similar to other courses

Are you an active member of any societies?

Yes

If yes, please name the societies

LGBT - I was a committee member. Societ life is key to self expression and getting to know yourself. For any gay students wanting to come to DCU, coming out may be the hardest thing that you could possibly do in your life. But LGBT want to make the transition easier for students. I know for myself it would not have been as easy if I wasnt friends with the people in LGBT. Trampolining This was the only sport that I did. But being able to jump about and meet with other students who werent even in 1st year was a great bonus. students union being a class rep was an amazing experience. from attending meetings and getting to know my programme chair, expressing concerns of the course I have really benefited from this. The SU is such a warm open place that s for everyone ..

Why do you enjoy being a member of this society? why should a prospective student think of joining this society?

Societies and Clubs in DCU not only provide students with the self expression that they need, they are also amazing to have on your cv. you can say how involvement in this clubs + socs have progressed you as an individual which will also be of benefit to you

Are you a member of any sports clubs?

No

How much do you spend on living every week (going out, food, transport etc.), excluding rent and bills?

40-60

Do you or have you lived away from home during college?

Yes

How much does your rent cost per month?

350-450

As a first year did you live in college halls?

Yes

If yes, where and why?

campus The apartments in shanowen are a lot bigger than campus is. And they are around the same price. if you want to move in with your friends then booking shanowen is probably the best thing for you. negatively, shanowen is often home to parties.

How would you recommend this college to a friend?

whether you are involved in society life or not DCU actively wants students to be the best that they can be. ALways full of enjoyment and student support it really is the best place to spend your college years

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