Why Ireland?

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"There are only two kinds of people in the world, the Irish and those who wish they were."
“There are only two kinds of people in the world, the Irish and those who wish they were.”

March 17th-I live for it. I live for the green and the traditional songs and the chance to proclaim my love for all things Irish wherever I happen to be in the world. For me, it’s a day to celebrate the great love affair I have with a country 5,000 miles away from “home.” It’s a day to celebrate IRELAND.

10622803_347365875414707_1493723870955227096_nHi there! I’m Autumn and I’m the Programme Intern for the UCEAP Edinburgh study center. As a San Diego native and recent UC Irvine graduate, there are many things I absolutely adore about California. However, after spending my third year abroad with UCEAP in Ireland, the Emerald Isle has taken my breath away and will forever hold a special piece of my heart that no amount of Mexican food or California sunsets can replace. So, in honor of St Patrick’s Day, I’ve compiled a list of a few of my favorite things about studying abroad in Ireland:

  • It’s Gorgeous. Picture the cheesiest movie’s adaptation of the lush, green picturesque Irish countryside-Well, guess what? These places really do exist! Bonus: exploring the country and countryside is easy and accessible from wherever in Ireland you choose to study!
  • The History. Ireland has a fascinating history and the walls of Dublin, Cork, Galway and beyond all sing of the rich stories that have made the country what it is today. From castles and cathedrals to gaols and literary geniuses, there’s always something new to explore and learn about the Emerald Isle!
  • The Culture. The Irish culture is one of a kind. From traditional dancing and music to folklore and storytelling, the Celtic culture is alive and well all throughout the country!
  • Location. Studying in Ireland not only allows you a semester (or two) to explore all the Emerald Isle has to offer, but it’s also a great gateway for travel around the UK and mainland Europe! Weekend trips to London and Paris await you!

It’s been two years since my own UCEAP Ireland adventure. I’ve been lucky enough to travel back a few times since then and the same feeling I had the first time I stepped off  my American Airlines flight in 2012 comes rushing back every time I see that beautiful (usually gray) Irish sky. So, as March 17th approaches, I’m reminded of the life-changing experience living and learning in Ireland provides and can promise a UCEAP adventure on the Emerald Isle is sure to be grand! Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

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