Part of the Mosaic

Published by Ms Margaret Born – Mitchell Scholar Class of 2018 – Dublin City University (

I used to joke that living in Wyoming had ruined cities for me–four years of small towns and empty plains make it hard to adjust to a concrete jungle. I had never been to Dublin before this year, and approached the change with apprehension–would I be able to keep up with the frenetic pace of a global capital? Or would I be lost in the chaos? During my time here, Ireland has surprised and delighted me, perhaps most powerfully in its ability to shape itself around the needs of each of us. A living mosaic, Dublin can be taken as its impressive whole or seen up close for the distinct, small spaces that compose it. I am glad to say that I have found my eye in the middle of the city’s living storm; far from being lost, I feel very much in place.

There are many elements that make up homesickness, not least of which is your native language. Growing up in Mozambique, I took for granted the particular musicality of Portuguese. After moving to the U.S., I missed those familiar sounds painfully. I had no expectation that this particular aspect of homesickness would disappear in my new Irish life, and was therefore astonished to discover a vibrant Brazilian community across Dublin. Without seeking it out, I had found in Dublin what I had missed so much for so many years–voices that sounded like home. This has struck me as a defining characteristic of Dublin: alongside a strong Irish identity, there is a welcome diversity of experiences and origins. I have no anxiety that I am out of place, because there is no firm standard for what in place even looks like–there is room to be colorful while still belonging in the mosaic.

In my postcolonial studies I was always struck by the way that colonization scars a country: while the details of occupation may differ, trauma marks the population. I have been struck by the foundation of cultural understanding that I have found with other postcolonial students: our fierce patriotism exists alongside both a grim recognition of enduring challenges and a lingering resentment for the abuse that enabled them. In my studies, the world has been presented as a dichotomy: colonized vs. colonizer becomes interchangeable with developed vs. undeveloped. Ireland defies that pattern. Although it is an economic powerhouse with a strong influence in global politics, its own historical trauma remains a part of the national psyche. When classroom conversations turn to oppression and occupation, students lean forward, engaged by the recognition that these are not curses suffered by strangers, but a reality. In my life, I have fought to break down the layer of insulation that exists in wealthy nations to separate them from global crises. In Ireland, I have found that I don’t have to fight as hard: there is empathy for those who suffer at the hands of imperialism and respect for those who overcome it. This recognition that we are not so different has made me feel deeply at home in a new country.

Many Mitchell scholars can point to Irish ancestors whose influence lives on in their last names, in their hair color, in their national pride. Several others, like me, have no genetic ties to the island. And yet, I feel at home. Ireland’s complicated past and diverse present resonate within me and provide a sense of belonging. I am so proud to be a part of this living mosaic, and I am so grateful to have found where I am in place.


USA Study in Ireland / DCU Scholarships

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Education in Ireland is run by Enterprise Ireland under the authority of the Minister for Education and Skills and is responsible for the promotion of Irish Higher Education Institutions overseas.

DCU is proud to offer a scholarship for US students seeking to study for a one year masters programme in Ireland in conjunction with Go Overseas and Education in Ireland.

To apply – visit



Theology, Philosophy and Music at DCU


The huge expansion of DCU’s Humanities Faculty brought about by the incorporation of formerly autonomous colleges in Dublin has resulted in a range of exciting new opportunities for students – not least through the formation of a new School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music (TPM).

Based at the beautiful All Hallows campus, in Drumcondra, TPM offers a dynamic and creative learning and research environment with a strong commitment to social and cultural engagement, world-class research, and teaching that promotes critical thinking. Students can choose from an array of courses, stretching from introductions to theology and philosophy, to the history of world religions, to in-depth examinations of great religious and philosophical texts, to the study of important composers and musical movements.

In term of theology and religious studies, TPM pursues the academic study of religion, and welcomes religious and secular students alike. Theology in the School places strong emphasis on ecumenical perspectives on important themes and issues, on the study of sacred texts, and on inter-religious dialogue. Religious Studies analyzes the phenomenon of religion, in so many of its cultural manifestations, but without presupposing the intrinsic truth of religious faith.

In terms of philosophy, the School places strong emphasis on engaging with the history of the subject, and with studying some of the key thinkers and themes that have emerged in 2,500 years of Western thought. The School is also deeply concerned with the application of philosophical principles, through a focus on specific ethical issues, and houses the world-renowned DCU Institute of Ethics.

In terms of music, the School combines scholarly rigor with creative endeavor: students can study different aspects of the history of music, as well as performance and composition. Music staff include internationally recognized composers and conductors, and courses offered covered a broad range – traditional Irish and popular music, as well as classical.

Overall, the new School of TPM provides visiting students with a unique range of opportunities for intellectual and personal development. We look forward to welcoming you.

Thanks to Dr. Ian Leask, Lecturer in PhilosopySchool of Theology, Philosophy, and Music, All Hallows Campus for submitting this blog.

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Ten things you should do before you come to DCU this September.

  1. DCU will host an orientation week commencing 12th September.  All incoming students are expected to attend – check out the appropriate orientation schedule -Erasmus, Study Abroad/JYA, Full Undergraduate or Postgraduate by visiting  our Orientation Information pages – visit
  2. Don’t forget to sign up for our Airport Pick up and also for Orientation events by August 19 – visit
  3. Check out blog on ‘Safety’ prior to arrival – Visit
  4. Not all incoming international students require a visa, but students from certain countries do.  Make sure you have the relevant documentation before you travel – visit for details.  Many countries such as the USA, Japan and Canada are only required to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) on arrival.
  5. Make sure you have your letters for arrival at your entry point – usually Dublin Airport – visit
  6. DCU is growing fast! – Learn more about the New DCU  by visiting
  7. DCU is now multicampus – find your way around –
  8. Get to know our Clubs and Societies before arrival –
  9. Meet the team in the Students Union – and learn about their resources
  10. DCU has excellent support services.  Contact the International Office – and also check out the services offered by Student Support and Development- visit

Be Safe! Tips on how to stay safe when studying abroad

DCU International Farewell Lunch

Before you arrive:

  1. Read all Pre Arrival Information and familiarise yourself with the local culture, some general laws and university rules
  2. Do not take unnecessary official documents with you
  3. Copy all of your official documents including passport and keep separate from originals (in the event they are lost or stolen)
  4. If you take medication, find out equivalent names/availability in the country you are visiting and make sure you have medical insurance
  5. Pack using light and strong luggage and do not overdo the packing! – Be aware of luggage restrictions and check your airlines website.
  6. If shipping items, be aware they may be held up in customs
  7. Once packed and on your way, avoid long waits in lobbies or terminal buildings  (mind your bags and phones/laptops etc)- plan your trip!


    • Passport and important documents such as Offer / Immigration Letters / Visa (if applicable) / Itinerary / Insurance
    • Medication (make sure your take a clear bag for security for medication and liquids which must be produced at security for carry on)
    • Details of airport pick up or transportation if staying elsewhere
    • Prescription medications

On arrival 

  1. Protect you official documents
  2. Explore your new city with friends and avoid traveling alone (especially after dark)  – ask staff for advice
  3. Take care when socialising and be mindful of your drinks – soft drinks  or otherwise!
  4. Have your cell phone charged and with you (have emergency numbers loaded on your phone)
  5. Be sure you tell friends where you have gone

It is very exciting to arrive in a new city but remember you might be jet lagged and a little disoriented for a day or two so be sure you mind yourselves (and each other) and be on your guard.

Travel is exciting – Safe Travels!

Getting involved in the DCU Students’ Union — Education in Ireland Student Ambassador Blog

Chinmay Kadam, our Dublin City University Ambassador shares some information on how the DCU Student Union works, how you can get involved and why it’s such an important part of student life… Joining the SU is only the first step The primary role of the Union is to provide a recognised representative channel between students and…

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GOI Brasil Scholarship winner shares her experience at DCU

“Choosing where to study can be as important as choosing what to study. Having the opportunity to attend the best Masters in Digital Marketing in Ireland at DCU and experience the routine of a super modern campus, which offers from library to gym and all kinds of support to the student, has given me a wonderful time.

In class, besides the theoretical lectures, I have an opportunity to develop a series of practical projects in partnership with local companies, providing me with a real-world experience. The course is complete and combines creative modules and strategic analysis materials. I will leave the university ready to set up a digital marketing campaign and also able to analyze all the data and project results.

Above all, Ireland is a country to be proud of. In addition to its recognition for having the best educational system in the world, it has a beautiful history. Despite its size, Ireland fought alone against an empire for their independence from the United Kingdom – which celebrates 100 years in 2016 – accumulates 10 Nobel Prizes and managed to leave a mark on peoples´s lives, all around the world, through its music and books. For those who don´t know, it is Irish artists such as U2, The Cranberries and the writers Oscar Wilde and James Joyce. In reality, the greatest lesson to learn in Ireland is to believe we are able to do anything“.


Thanks Camila…  It is indeed a pleasure to have you study with us here at DCU…..