English Student | Atlas Language School

What do you like most about Atlas?

«I had some of my best moments in Ireland here in Atlas. My classmates welcomed me so openly to the class that I truly felt integrated and made some great friends. I enjoyed that there are so many different opportunities both, inside the school and during the social activities.»

Carina, China.March ’19

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Carina, China

Hi Carina! Tell us a bit about yourself and where you come from.

I am from Taijin in China which is a traditional Chinese city with some European influences. It has 6 mil. Citizens so Dublin is nice and cosy in comparison. The biggest tourist attraction is the “Taijin Eye”, a 120 meter high Ferris wheel, much like the London Eye.

Why did you decide to come to Ireland?

I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing last year and I want to do a Master’s degree in digital marketing in Ireland. However, the language requirements are very high, so I came to Dublin to improve my English and sit the language exam. I chose Ireland over the other possible countries because there are fewer Chinese people here which means I am less tempted to speak Chinese and am motivated to improve my English instead.

How is Ireland different from your country?

The tea and coffee culture here is very different. We do drink tea at home but you would not see so many people just grabbing a cup for take-away. Also, when it comes to alcohol, you are really spoilt for choice when you go into a bar or pub in Dublin. Furthermore, I appreciate the wide variety of food you can get in Dublin. In Taijin only gourmet restaurants would serve foreign cuisines whereas here, I can find affordable – and very tasty – food from all sorts of countries. YUMMY!

Do you want to go travelling?

Yes, but it is difficult with the visa restrictions. I want to first sit my exam and then go on a road trip with my friends around Ireland. Besides that I want to visit some places in Europe such as the Netherlands or go to London to meet up with some friends.

What do you like most about Atlas?

I had some of my best moments in Ireland here in Atlas. My classmates welcomed me so openly to the class that I truly felt integrated and made some great friends. What is more, the teachers are very empathetic and encouraging, taking good care of every student even if you are a bit shy. Since I came here to practice my spoken English, I enjoyed that there are so many different opportunities both, inside the school and during the social activities.

Do you have any tips for new students?

Cherish the opportunity to speak as much as you can, push yourself out of your comfort zone and set yourself high goals. That way you will achieve higher results as well as life-changing personal growth. I would also recommend everyone join all the extracurricular activities right from the beginning. They are ideal opportunities to get to know other students and practice your English outside of the school building.
…and go and meet the deer in Phoenix Park; they are beautiful.

Thanks Carina!

English Student | Atlas Language School

What do you like most about Atlas?

«Atlas is wonderful! It’s nice to have friends from so many different countries. The academic part is also great: I study in the morning and in the afternoon I can join all the different activities. I’m very thankful to Atlas, studying here has opened up a whole new world for me.»

Jair de Risso, Argentina.Feb ’19

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Jair de Rissio, Argentina

Hi Jair! Tell us a bit about yourself and where you come from.

I’m Jair from Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. I’m a student in Atlas but back home I’m an industrial engineer. I also used to do Judo and compete on our national team. Argentina is a really beautiful country. From Patagonia in the south to Jujuy in the north, there’s so much to see and do!

Why did you decide to come to Ireland?

After some time backpacking in north Argentina, I realised I really wanted to travel, so I started to do some research. At first, I applied for universities here in Ireland but, as it was very expensive and I couldn’t get a scholarship, I had to change my plans. I felt like Ireland was calling me and I really needed to come here, so I decided to study English. New Zeland and Australia were also an option but I just knew it had to be Ireland.

What are your feelings about Ireland now?

Dublin is much smaller but also much safer than my hometown. Despite the wet and windy weather, I really like the architecture, the atmosphere, and the people here. It is difficult to be far from my girlfriend and family, but from the moment I set foot in Ireland, it felt like home! I am very happy here.

What do you like about?

Atlas is wonderful, I’m really in love with the school. I tell everyone how nice it is to have friends from so many different countries, cultures, and religions. Here we all communicate in English and it made me realise that, despite our differences, we share the same problems and dreams. The academic part is also great: I study in the morning and in the afternoon I can join all the different activities. I’m very thankful to Atlas, studying here has opened up a whole new world for me.

Thanks Jair!

English Student | Atlas Language School

What do you like most about Atlas?

«Atlas is very multinational and the atmosphere is busy but still friendly and welcoming. Everyone has a smile in their faces when they see you. I made so many friends here. Atlas is a lifestyle!»

Moritz Kern, Germany.Jan ’19
 

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Moritz Kern, Germany

Hi Moritz! Tell us a bit about yourself and where you come from.

I’m Moritz, from Landshut, Germany, a town much smaller than Dublin but just as beautiful. Landshut has the highest church built out of bricks in the world and its city centre houses still maintain the original architecture. My town is similar to Dublin in some ways: people are very friendly and we also have a strong accent.

What brings you to Ireland?

I lived in Wales — which is very close to Ireland — but I had never been here before. I had heard great stories about Ireland and the friendliness of its people, but it was the Kerrygold advertising with the stunning Irish countryside that won me over. Now I am doing an internship at Atlas and trying to make the most of my time here, travelling with friends and experiencing the country and the culture.

What do you like about Dublin?

I like that there are lots going on but it’s not too busy. People are very friendly and the pubs have a warm and authentic atmosphere. Also, the Guinness tastes much better here! It is the place to be if you want to party and have the craic.

What do you like about Atlas?

Atlas is very multinational and the atmosphere is busy but still friendly and welcoming. Everyone has a smile in their faces when they see you. I made so many friends here. Atlas is a lifestyle! The location is also great — it’s near to the canal, lots of pubs, and the building is gorgeous!

Have you got any advice for students who are new to Atlas?

I would definitely tell them to join the social programme. It is important to be talkative and proactive and try to approach people even when the language seems to make it a bit difficult. It is a once in a lifetime experience! Familiarise yourself with Dublin but visit other places in Ireland that are also very beautiful. The Atlas weekend trips come in handy for that!

Thanks Moritz!

English Student | Atlas Language School

What do you like most about Atlas?

«I had heard it was one of the best schools in Dublin and after doing some research, I chose Atlas. Now that I am here I can see that the staff are really supportive, teachers are great, the school has a good structure. I also liked the tour of Dublin I joined on my first day — it was very helpful!»

Sergio Henrique Ribeiro Reis, Brazil.Dec ’18

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Sergio Henrique Ribeiro Reis, Brazil

Hi Sergio! Tell us a bit about yourself and where you come from.

I’m a Law student from Belo Horizonte (Portuguese for nice horizon), the capital city of the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. My city has lively nightlife and the state is famous for its cuisine. My favourite dish is Feijão Tropeiro — a very traditional dish from Minas Gerais, made with beans, bacon, sausage, collard greens, eggs, and manioc flour.

Why did you decide to come to Ireland?

I wanted to improve my English and here in Ireland we can study and work and it’s also easy to travel around Europe. I had heard about the pubs and the parties, the architecture in Dublin, and about Irish culture, and I thought it sounded like a good idea. I also heard the weather was very cold and rainy but it’s not that bad after all!

What do you like about Dublin?

I love the River Liffey — I used to live in Temple Bar and I could see the river from my apartment, it brings me good memories. Irish people are also very friendly and helpful, although a bit more reserved. I also like the pubs: Dicey’s has the cheapest pints, but Opium on Wexford St. is also cool — it has nice music, it’s free in, and has a great atmosphere altogether.

Why did you choose Atlas and what do you like about it?

I had heard it was one of the best schools in Dublin and after doing some research, I chose Atlas. Now that I am here I can see that the staff are really supportive, teachers are great, the school has a good structure. I also liked the tour of Dublin I joined on my first day — it was very helpful!

Thanks Sergio!

English Student | Atlas Language School

What do you like most about Atlas?

«I am really enjoying my experience here. Teachers are very friendly and there is a young atmosphere. I like having friends from different countries and learning about different cultures. Joining the activities is also a great way to learn outside the classroom — it is also an opportunity to make friends!»

Soo-An Cho, South Korea.Dec ’18

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Soo-An Cho, South Korea

Hi Soo-An! Where are you from?

I am originally from Pohang in South Korea, but I moved to Seoul to study a couple of years ago. Life in Seoul is very busy — the capital is huge, much bigger than Dublin, and is rather overcrowded.

Why did you come to Ireland?

I needed a break from university and Ireland seemed like the perfect place. I watched Leap Year and Sing Street — two films shot in Ireland — and they really inspired me! I watched them and thought “this is where I want to be!”. I already spoke some English, as it is an essential subject from Elementary school in South Korea, but I wanted to improve my speaking skills, so I decided to come here.

What do you like most about Ireland and Dublin?

The scenery, the live music, and the Guinness! The Irish landscape is lovely — just as I saw in Leap Year before coming here. I’ve always loved live music and it is all over Dublin — I can go to Grafton Street anytime and there will always be someone playing. Finally, I didn’t like Guinness back home but I fell in love with it in Dublin — it tastes so different in Ireland!

Have you travelled outside of Dublin at all? Anywhere you would recommend to other students?

Yes! I joined Atlas on the Belfast and on the Galway trip, which was by far my favourite one! I would highly recommend it. Also, my Atlas friends and I rented a car and drove down to Killarney for a weekend. This is another great piece of advice — exploring Ireland by car is great!

What do you like most about Atlas?

I am really enjoying my experience here. Teachers are very friendly and there is a young atmosphere. I like having friends from different countries and learning about different cultures. Joining the activities is also a great way to learn outside the classroom — it is also an opportunity to make friends!

Thanks Soo-An!

English Student | Atlas Language School

What do you like most about Atlas?

«I like that it has a busy atmosphere but never stressful. Everyone is very nice and you can ask anything at any time. Also, as there are so many people from all over the world, they all speak different languages and have been to many places. It is a really cool environment!»

Eva Legovic, Croatia.November ’18

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Eva Legovic, Croatia

Hi Eva! Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m Eva and I work as an academic intern here at Atlas. I’m originally from Poreč (Croatia), a small seaside town that’s very busy with tourists over the summer months but rather quiet during the rest of the year. I went to university in Ljubljana (Slovenia), a city much bigger than my hometown, so this is not my first time living abroad. I have also lived in Brest (France) for a couple of months.

Why did you decide to come to Dublin?

I was looking for an internship abroad and I’ve always wanted to live in an English-speaking country so when I saw this job at Atlas I thought it was the perfect opportunity! I’ve been to Dublin before as a tourist and I liked it so I decided to give it a try.

What do you like most about Dublin and Ireland so far?

I really like the people — they are all very open and chatty -, the Irish culture, and also the fact that Dublin is a very multicultural city. I haven’t travelled much around Ireland yet but I’m planning to! I’m looking forward to joining the Atlas trips and discovering the Irish countryside. One thing that surprised me here, because it is different from all the places I have lived in, is the left-hand traffic!

What do you think about Atlas?

It’s great! I like that it has a busy atmosphere but never stressful. Everyone is very nice and you can ask anything at any time. Also, as there are so many people from all over the world, they all speak different languages and have been to many places. It is a really cool environment!
Atlas is not only about work: there are also trips, many activities, and the host family! The communication before arrival was very good. They answered all my questions very quickly and helped me with everything! Atlas really take care of you as a staff member.

Thanks Eva!

English Student | Atlas Language School

What do you like most about Atlas?

«I always try to join the extra activities. The elective English Through Music is always fun and the Catch Up Clinic is very important for me, but the Atlas Witch Hunt was the one I liked most! The classes here at Atlas are very nice and the teachers and all the people are very friendly. I also like having friends from all over the world!.»

Ilse Alvarez, Mexico.November ’18

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Ilse Alvarez, Mexico

Hi Ilse! Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m from Mexico City, the capital of Mexico — a densely populated city located at a very high altitude and famous for its Aztec ruins such as the Templo Mayor. What I like most about Mexico City are the bars and cantinas that are all over the city. We can get tacos pretty much anywhere and then eat them sitting outside. I used to work for a travel agency planning trips mostly around Mexico so if you need any advice about my country, I am the person you should talk to!

Why did you decide to come to Ireland?

From a very young age, I realised that my dream was to travel. We had a Norwegian student staying with us at home when I was young. I could see from him that living abroad was the best way to learn the language and get to know a different culture so I decided I wanted to have the same adventure. I chose Ireland because I heard that people here were very friendly and the landscape was magical. Dublin itself also has beautiful architecture, good nightlife, and is well connected with mainland Europe.

How is your life here in Dublin and what do you like the most about it?

I spend most of my time in Atlas — I’m in class in the mornings and in the afternoons I always try to join the extra activities. The elective English Through Music is always fun and the Catch Up Clinic is very important for me, but the Atlas Witch Hunt was the one I liked most! The classes here at Atlas are very nice and the teachers and all the people are very friendly. I also like having friends from all over the world!

Have seen much of Ireland yet and what are your favourite places so far?

I haven’t travelled much yet but I still want to go to Cork and to Belfast. I want to visit Cork because it seems smaller and older than Dublin, and Belfast because it is part of the United Kingdom. Also, both cities were part of the history of Titanic! Here in Dublin I really like the Liffey and the Temple Bar area — my favourite pub is the Bad Bobs.

Thanks Ilse!

English Student | Atlas Language School

What do you like most about Ireland?

«I love the architecture in Dublin, the houses, Portobello and the canal are very beautiful as well. My favourite places in Ireland so far are The Rope Bridge and the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland!»

Roberto Alarcon, Chile.November ’18

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Roberto Alarcon, Chile

Hi Roberto! Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m from Santiago, the capital of Chile. Santiago is way bigger than Dublin and is a very modern city, there are skyscrapers everywhere and some people even call it Sanhattan because it looks a lot like New York. What I like the most about the city is the nightlife, we have all different types of bars, pubs, and nightclubs.

Why did you choose to study in Ireland?

A friend of mine lived here for a while and she really encouraged me to come to Dublin and recommended me Atlas as one of the best schools in Dublin. I didn’t know much about Ireland before speaking to her but I have always wanted to live abroad, so I came.

What do you like most about Ireland?

The pubs! I love live music so pubs are perfect. I have three favourites: Sin É (for the atmosphere), The Porterhouse (they craft their own beer!), and Dicey’s (the cheapest pints in town). I also love the architecture in Dublin, the houses, Portobello and the canal are very beautiful as well. My favourite places in Ireland so far are The Rope Bridge and the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland!

What are your plans after you finish your course?

I might extend my visa one more time but I am considering some other options as well. I might go travelling on my own for a while or even join some friends who live in Germany on a European tour with their band!

Thanks Roberto!

English Student | Atlas Language School

What do you like most about Atlas?

«This is my first time abroad so everything is new. Having friends from all over the world and experiencing so many different cultures is one of the best parts of this experience for me. I’m glad Atlas has such a nice mix of nationalities as this also helps me to improve my English.»

Ana Gabriela Lima, Brazil.October ’18

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Ana Gabriela Lima, Brazil

Hi Ana! Tell us a bit about yourself.

I grew up in Balneário Camboriú, a small seaside town in the south of Brazil. I moved to Curitiba to study IT in university a couple of years ago. Curitiba is a big city — its population is about 3 times of Dublin — What I like the most about the city is the huge mix of cultures, which I could not find in Balneário Camboriú.

Why did you come to Ireland?

I would like to volunteer in Africa in the future and I need a good level of English as this is one of the requirements to join the projects. I am looking into it so I decided to come to Ireland to study for a while before heading to my next adventure. The accent and the opportunity to work and study here were the main factors that made me choose Dublin as my destination.

What do you think about Ireland and your experience at Atlas so far?

This is my first time abroad so everything is new. Having friends from all over the world and experiencing so many different cultures is one of the best parts of this experience for me. I’m glad Atlas has such a nice mix of nationalities as this also helps me to improve my English.
I also find that people here are much more open-minded than back home and they are always willing to help, regardless of your level of English — and this applies not only to Atlas but to people outside the school as well.

Have you got any advice for students who are new at Atlas?

Do not only come to class, join the extra activities as well! The activities in the afternoon are very important and that is when you will meet most of your Atlas friends. Making friends is very important when you are so far from home, they will support you and make your experience even better. Also, the activities are great opportunities to keep practising your English skills!

Thanks Ana!

English Student | Atlas Language School

What do you like most about Atlas?

«I really like Atlas because it is nice to be surrounded by so many international people and share a similar experience of coming from a foreign country to Ireland. I like that everyone is so open-minded, friendly and supportive.»

Sarah Kiesgen, Germany.September ’17

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Sarah Kiesgen, Germany

Hi Sarah! Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Sarah, I am 23 years old and I am from Muenster, Germany. Muenster is a young city with a lot of students and nice architecture. I study Biology and English in order to become a teacher. In my free time, I enjoy reading, hiking and doing yoga. I am an intern at Atlas for 4 months.

Why did you come to Ireland?

I came to Ireland because I am interested in the Irish culture and the country’s history. As I love hiking, Ireland seemed ideal. Furthermore, I wanted to live in an English-speaking country and I like the Irish accent.

What do you think about Ireland and your experience at Atlas so far?

I really like Atlas because it is nice to be surrounded by so many international people and share a similar experience of coming from a foreign country to Ireland. I like that everyone is so open-minded, friendly and supportive. I have the feeling that the students really enjoy their stay here and improve their English.

Have you got any advice for students who are new at Atlas?

Enjoy the challenge of being in a foreign country and get to know the Irish culture as much as possible. (I don’t mean just drinking pints of Guinness ) I think it is a great opportunity to improve your English and to further yourself personally. I would recommend you to join the social programme and the study club to get to know more people and to practice your English outside of the classroom.

Thanks Sarah!

English Student | Atlas Language School

What do you like most about Atlas?

«I really like the atmosphere in the school, because it is a mixture of so many different cultures from all over the world. Furthermore, I like the fact that the classes are quite small, so everyone gets the chance to make a statement.»

Celina Mäser, Germany.August ’17

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Celina Mäser, Germany

Hi Celina! Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Celina Mäser. I was born in Frankfurt, Germany and I am studying “Industrial Engineering in Agribusiness, Marketing and Management” in Freising, close to Munich in Bavaria. I am 21 years old. My family runs a farm back home, which I might take over later with my brother. I am a real winter person, I love everything about this season. Mostly the fact that I can go skiing. I love the sports events that take place, such as ski jumping. I travelled to Norway recently and that experience was just magical, I can recommend everyone to go and explore that country.

What do you think about Ireland and your experience at Atlas so far?

I really like the atmosphere in the school, because it is a mixture of so many different cultures from all over the world. Furthermore, I like the fact that the classes are quite small, so everyone gets the chance to make a statement.

Was there anything surprising about Dublin when you first arrived?

I noticed that the Irish population is very friendly. I am living in a host family, which consists of a retired couple. They are really kind, caring and talkative. I really like staying with them because it makes my stay here in Ireland even more authentic.

Thanks Celina!

English Student | Atlas Language School

Would you recommend Atlas to other students?

«Absolutely! Being a student at this school is not just about learning English, it is a lot more than that. It is about cultural experiences and understanding your attitude to different cultures, mentalities and politics.
My friend recommended Atlas to me, she was studying here as well 6 years ago. She said that Atlas offers a really high level of English classes. She also took English classes in Canada and Australia but in the end, Atlas was the best experience for her so far. Therefore, I decided to follow her suggestion. I also like the fact, that there are no Russians in my class, that makes me feel very unique and I am not tempted to speak Russian.»

Olga Zalomova, Russia.July ’17

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Olga Zalomova, Russia

Hi Olga! Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Olga Zalomova, I am 18 years old and I am originally from Moscow, Russian Federation. I just finished my first year of Economics at the International University “MGJMO”. I decided to do a 3-week course to improve my English level.

Why did you choose Atlas?

My friend recommended Atlas to me, she was studying here as well 6 years ago. She said that Atlas offers a really high level of English classes. She also took English classes in Canada and Australia but in the end, Atlas was the best experience for her so far. Therefore, I decided to follow her suggestion. I also like the fact, that there are no Russians in my class, that makes me feel very unique and I am not tempted to speak Russian.

What do you like about Dublin?

Irish people always try to make your life easier, they are friendly and helpful. I once got lost in Dublin and I couldn’t find my bus, but people on the street always walk up to you to ask if everything is okay. Dublin is a cosy city, it is pretty small compared to Moscow. I call Dublin a “Big Village” because there are not even skyscrapers here. The people are very international, if you walk around the city or you are sitting on the bus, you hear every kind of language, which is really cool. Furthermore, I love the nature in Ireland, I went to Cliffs of Moher, Powerscourt Waterfall and Bray, which was just a stunning experience. I also took part at Ceili, I love the Irish music because it brings me back into medieval times like in the movies with magical creatures.

Would you recommend Atlas to other students?

Absolutely! Being a student at this school is not just about learning English, it is a lot more than that. It is about cultural experiences and understanding your attitude to different cultures, mentalities and politics.

Thanks Olga!

English Student | Atlas Language School

What do you like most about Atlas?

«I love Atlas!! My agent back home in Brazil showed me different schools in Ireland, Atlas was so outstandingly different. I love that the school offers different afternoon classes, for example, drama or English through music. Of course we students have a wonderful view overlooking the Grand Canal. The school’s building is very special and just gorgeous! My teachers are all very kind, they take a lot of time and are always take care.»

Joyce Neves Machado, Brazil.July ’17

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Joyce Neves Machado, Brazil

Hi Joyce! Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Joyce and I am 32 years old. In my free time I love to relax and listen to music. I play the violin in an orchestra back home, I play classical music, and I love Beethoven, Bach and Mozart.

Why did you choose Ireland?

Actually, my first choice was Canada, but you cannot work and study there. I read about the Celtic culture and started to be very interested in Ireland. I love that this country is so different, I feel like something called me here and life wanted me to go to Ireland. Of course, I wanted to improve my English skills and Ireland is so open-minded about foreign people.

What do you like about Atlas?

I love Atlas!! My agent back home in Brazil showed me different schools in Ireland, Atlas was so outstandingly different. I love that the school offers different afternoon classes, for example, drama or English through music. Of course we students have a wonderful view overlooking the Grand Canal. The school’s building is very special and just gorgeous! My teachers are all very kind, they take a lot of time and are always take care.

Would you like to travel while you are here?

Yes! I would love to visit different places in Ireland, such as the Cliffs of Moher, Galway and Cork.
I prefer visiting countries, which are not so popular among other tourists. My top destination in Europe would be Romania, I love the Romanian history and the landscape.
I have a friend in Switzerland and I already went there two years ago, but I definitely want to go back. Also, I want to visit Austria, since I am a huge fan of the component Mozart, who is from Salzburg.

Thanks Joyce!