English Student | Atlas Language School

What do you like most about Atlas?

«The environment at Atlas is extremely welcoming and family-like! Everybody is so respectful. It’s very fun working in the Admissions Office and it’s really a melting-pot!»

Adele, Italy,.July ’19

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Adele, Italy

Hi Adele! Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from?

I live in Bassano del Grappa in Italy which is about one hour from Venice and Padova. I am still attending high school and will graduate next year. As part of my high school education, I have to complete an internship, which I am currently doing at Atlas in the Admissions Office. My task is to help the Admissions Department for 4 weeks with the Junior Summer Programme.

Which skills have ou acquired?

Apart from learning how to work with Excel, handle the printer and make colour prints, get things organised and be patient I also trained my memorization skills! As I prepared the welcome packs for the Junior Students, I probably know all their names by heart now.

What was the weirdest task you got?

Once our printer in the office ran out of ink and I was asked to go to the Cartridge Shop down the road to buy the blue ink cyan. I was told that one ink is around €4 and was given some money. However, once I was in the shop I was astounded to find out that one ink was not €4 but a whole lot of €170. Luckily they didn’t have any in stock, because I wouldn’t have been able to pay for it!

How’s the Admissions Office?

Chaotic, funny and very international! There’s literally no Irish person in the office! They are a good team, very kind and respectful! I also invaded them with my bad luck, stapled my finger 3 times in one hour and cut my finger with paper. Sometimes we have food, especially when colleagues go and visit their home countries, they bring back traditional sweets.

What’s a memorable experience?

A pleasant moment was when a colleague brought the Brazilian candy Paçoquita to the office. It was the first time I ever tried it! It’s made of peanuts, sugar and salt and is delicious! I also won’t forget the moment when a Luas tram nearly hit me (again the bad luck?) and when a seagull pooped on 2 of my friends.

What do you like about Atlas?

The environment at Atlas is extremely welcoming and family-like! Everybody is so respectful. It’s very fun working in the Admissions Office and it’s really a melting-pot!

Thanks Adele!

 

English Student | Atlas Language School

What do you like most about Atlas?

«The structure and international spirit at Atlas are delightful as I love to learn about new countries and cultures! It’s amazing and great how energetic and motivated the teachers are.»

Lianni, Uruguay,.July ’19

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Lianni, Uruguay

Hi Lianni! Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from?

I was born in Venezuela but moved to Uruguay’s capital Montevideo 4 years ago. I travel a lot as my family is quite spread out: my father lives in Colombia, my mum in Argentina, my brother in Mexico and my grandparents in Miami. After having studied Graphic Design I launched my own company and am now working as a freelancer. So if you’re looking for a logo or website, just get in touch via website: liahdesign.com and instagram: @liahdesign

Why did you choose Ireland?

Ireland has a lot of green countryside and The Legend of Zelda is one of my favourite Nintendo games and has many “greenish” background images. The game therefore reminds me a lot of Ireland! Apart from that, I am interested in Celtic Culture. It has been a big dream of mine to come here and improve my English. I even sacrificed my precious Nintendo which I used to play Zelda on and resold it.

Anything that poses difficulties?

The amount of doors to my apartment! It literally takes me 9 doors to enter my room! Also, everything seems to be upside down and people drive on the “wrong” (left) side of the road. So make sure to change your language for navigation to British English and don’t use American English. I encountered the problem that Google Maps always told me to “keep right” when I was cycling, which is obviously wrong!

Any tips for new students?

Get yourself a bike and most importantly: get a proper unbreakable lock with it! It will save you a lot of time and money. You will see more of Dublin, are not limited by time and will get healthy and fit at the same time.

Where to grab good food in Dublin?

For Ice Cream you should head to Amorino, which is close to St Stephen’s Green. The blueberry cheesecake flavour is delicious!
For the best Fish & Chips I’d recommend to venture out to the seaside town Howth, it’s just a short train ride from Dublin.
Finally, guess what I suggest to get at The Queen of Tarts in Temple Bar? Tasty tarts! Make sure you choose the Baileys cheesecake.

What do you like about Atlas?

The structure and international spirit at Atlas are delightful as I love to learn about new countries and cultures! It’s amazing and great how energetic and motivated the teachers are. I have worked in a Summer Camp and been in a similar position, so I know that it is not always easy to keep people engaged and attentive.

Thanks Lianni!

 

English Student | Atlas Language School

What do you like most about Atlas?

«The location is so good. The school is right beside the famous Grand Canal! I like that the students come from everywhere and that I have friends from everywhere. You can learn a lot about different cultures! »

Fang, China,.July ’19

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Fang, China

Hi Fang! Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from?

Originally I am from Anhui province in China, but now I am based in both Shanghai and Anhui. After kindergarten, I moved away from home to attend a boarding school and only came home during the holidays. I studied finance management at university.

What’s different to Dublin?

Anhui and the region are famous for its tea. However, unlike the Irish, we do tend to drink our tea without milk!

Any tips for new students?

Go and attend the afternoon activities that Atlas offers! There are many, such as the reading circle and English thru music. You will improve your English much quicker. Also join the social programme where you will meet loads of friends.

What are your favourite spots in Dublin?

Phoenix Park is so nice! There are lots of trees and plants and I like nature. Also do not miss out on going to the Cliffs of Moher and Galway!

What do you like about Dublin?

Dublin is so beautiful and romantic. I am fascinated by its colourfulness. In China, nearly all the buildings are tall and look alike! I love the colourful doors in Dublin, especially the red ones as I really like that colour. That’s why I also really like Temple Bar, because there is a lot of red!

What do you like about Atlas?

The location is so good. The school is right beside the famous Grand Canal! I like that the students come from everywhere and that I have friends from everywhere. You can learn a lot about different cultures!

Thanks Fang!

 

English Student | Atlas Language School

What do you like most about Atlas?

«The atmosphere and people! It’s a very international place! I never thought that I’d make a friend from Saudi Arabia. Also the teachers are great, they do their best to get everyone involved! I think it’s beneficial to have different teachers as each one tells you something new.»

Viridiana, Mexico,.June ’19

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Viridiana, Mexico

Hi Viridiana! Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from?

I am from San Luis Potosi in Mexico. It’s kind of a desert, you have cold nights and it’s hot during the day. I studied Fashion Design, worked as a community manager for a social magazine and spent a year in New York as an Au Pair. After living in a big city (New York) I was looking for a smaller place and a new experience in Europe.

Why did you choose Ireland?

I’m into movies and several movies have been filmed in Ireland! For example, filming for the romantic comedy “Leap Year” took place in Temple Bar and several other parts of Ireland. Also a couple of scenes for the American film “P.S. I Love You” have been shot in Ireland, including Whelan’s Pub! I also heard about the Cliffs of Moher before coming here but didn’t manage to go there yet… isn’t it hard to believe that after being in Ireland for 5 months, Viridiana still hasn’t been to the Cliffs of Moher? Even though that’s one of the things she had heard of before coming here. Can somebody please take her there straight away?

What’s a memorable experience?

During my first week I got lost on my way home (my phone died). I didn’t know where I was. I was wandering around for 40 minutes. Eventually I asked a guy where I was. He was so kind and gave me directions and even walked me to the bus stop!

Any tips for new students?

Tinder is not only for dating, it’s also for finding jobs! Believe it or not but I landed my current job through Tinder! I just texted my match “What are you doing for a living?” and it went from there. He put me in touch with his manager and now I’m working in the Logistics Department of Beshoff’s. Generally speaking, I’d advise you to just be yourself! Try to stay calm and don’t get nervous when you have a job interview!

What are your favourite spots in Dublin?

My favourite area is Rathmines! When the weather’s nice I like to sit at the canal next to Atlas or go hiking. For pubs I like Bernard Shaw which is just near Atlas. If you’re looking for places to go out I would recommend Pygmalion, Berlin or Bad Bobs.

What do you like about Atlas?

The atmosphere and people! It’s a very international place! I never thought that I’d make a friend from Saudi Arabia. Also the teachers are great, they do their best to get everyone involved! I think it’s beneficial to have different teachers as each one tells you something new.

Thanks Viridiana!

 

English Student | Atlas Language School

What do you like most about Atlas?

«I love Atlas! It’s a bit like lasagne to me because lasagne is my favourite dish. With Atlas you can experience a lot of Ireland and the social programme is probably one of the best things because there you can make friends outside the classroom. »

Luan, Brazil,.June ’19

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Luan, Brazil

Hi Luan! Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from?

Originally I’m from Salvador in Brazil but I moved to São Paulo to study Business Administration. I was working as a banker in Brazil but, as many documents needed to be translated into English, I wanted to improve my English. Ireland seemed like a good option as I can study and work at the same time.

What’s different here to São Paulo?

We have beaches as well, but the water is warm when you go swimming! Nevertheless I’d recommend going on the surfing trip to Sligo with Atlas. You shouldn’t miss the experience of taking a dip in the ocean! Furthermore meeting people from other countries taught me that greetings are handled differently among cultures. In Brazil, we usually hug if we meet, but some Asian friends told me that in their countries it means that you are really close to that person.

What’s worth visiting in Dublin?

Go to Kilmainham Gaol! There you can discover how Ireland was “born” and learn about the people who set Ireland free. I also like Croke Park which is a huge stadium and even if you are not into sports it’s worth a visit. One of my favourites is also the EPIC Museum where you can learn about Irish emigration.

What’s a memorable experience you had?

Once it was raining heavily and I just entered a pub to escape the storm. An older man approached me and just offered to buy me a coffee and have a chat and sit down with him. People are really friendly here in Ireland!

Any tips for new students?

If you want to get a job, always try to talk to the manager of the company! Go to as many places as you can and even pop in if they do not advertise vacancies! Also important: if you have a different currency in your home country, try to figure out what the exchange rate is. I often thought that the food in the restaurant is cheap because I forgot about the different currency.

How would you describe Atlas?

I love Atlas! It’s a bit like lasagne to me because lasagne is my favourite dish. With Atlas you can experience a lot of Ireland and the social programme is probably one of the best things because there you can make friends outside the classroom.

Thanks Luan!

 

English Student | Atlas Language School

What do you like most about Atlas?

«It’s nice! Or how the Irish would say: it’s grand, brilliant or good craic. All the staff in Atlas are really supportive and you can always ask for help at reception. A good thing is that Atlas organizes many activities which help you to make new friends.»

Pauline, Belgium,.May ’19

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Pauline, Belgium

Hi Pauline! Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from?

I am from Brussels in Belgium and finished high school last year. After that I spent 3 months in Russia and chose to come to Dublin afterwards to improve my English before starting university in the autumn. My native language is French but there are also Flemish speakers in Brussels, which is similar to the Dutch language. There are separate French- and Flemish-speaking schools.

What surprised you about Ireland?

I expected that there would be many gingers. But what surprised me is the Irish mentality: they are very sarcastic! They are funny and make jokes and fun of themselves a lot. Apart from that they are also really friendly. In Brussels it sometimes happens that people shout at you in the streets but here that never happened. As for food I would say they eat way more crisps, chips and potatoes.

Where do you like to go in Dublin?

When it comes to pubs I like to go to the Woolshed on the Northside where they have regular Bingo and Karaoke nights. I also like going to Bernard Shaw and Blackbird which are close to Atlas. The Celt and Dame Lane are also nice places to go to. When it is sunny I enjoy hanging out next to the canal at Atlas. I would also recommend a visit to the former prison Kilmanhaim Goal and joining Atlas trips, e.g. to the nice valley Glendalough.

What’s a memorable experience you had?

Attending a dog race! There are dog races taking place in Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium which is just a short distance from Dublin town centre. It was great fun, I bet on a dog and even won €10.

Any tips for new students?

Inform yourself about the buses! I lost lots of money because it took me a long time to figure out that I pay for the distance I travel. So if you tell your bus driver where you want to get off, you are charged less. Also try to get a student Leap Card as soon as possible to save money. I would recommend you to not stay with people from your country and, most importantly, do not try to kiss Irish people. I don’t mean you should never kiss them, but for greeting them it is not common here to kiss Irish friends on the cheeks.

What do you like most about Atlas?

It’s nice! Or how the Irish would say: it’s grand, brilliant or good craic. All the staff in Atlas are really supportive and you can always ask for help at reception. A good thing is that Atlas organizes many activities which help you to make new friends.

Thanks Pauline!

 

English Student | Atlas Language School

What do you like most about Atlas?

«Atlas is like a family! The environment at Atlas is simply special, people are friendly and helpful and even silly questions are not turned down but openly welcomed. There is always something going on with the social programme during the week and the organised activities at the weekends, so it’s never boring!»

Camila, Chile.May ’19

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Camila, Chile

Hi Camila! Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from?

That simple question turns out to be a bit tricky. Originally I am from Concepción in Chile, but I’ve moved a lot in my life. I’ve attended 10 different schools, done an exchange in New Zealand, spent a year in Brazil and 10 years in Argentina before moving to Santiago in Chile. I am studying International Trade in Santiago when I am not here in Dublin.

How’s Dublin different from Santiago??

The people, the size and safety. With a metropolitan population of 1.8 million, Dublin is way smaller than Santiago which has 6.5 million inhabitants. Consequently, Dublin is much safer and I don’t feel threatened when I walk alone at night. Also, people are friendlier and more fun and it is very common here to go to bars and pubs.

Do you have some advice for new students??

Be prepared for the weather — it is a stereotype that turned out to be true! Apart from that, you get ready to eat a lot of potatoes. Also, don’t be shy and go to the extracurricular activities as you will make great friends there. And very important: don’t be afraid of the Irish accent and try to use your native language as little as possible.

Where to go in Ireland?

I have joined many of Atlas organised activities, such as Saturday day trips and overnight weekend trips. On top of my list are the cities Belfast and Galway and the seaside towns Greystones, Howth and Malahide. Within Dublin my favourite spots are St. Stephens Green, Phoenix Park and the Grand Canal next to Atlas Language School. If I head for a beer I like to go to Devitt’s and order a pint of traditional Irish Smithwicks.

What do you like most about Atlas?

It’s like a family! The Atlas staff and teachers are lovely and being friends with the interns is great fun. The environment at Atlas is simply special, people are friendly and helpful and even silly questions are not turned down but openly welcomed. There is always something going on with the social programme during the week and the organised activities at the weekends, so it’s never boring! Just go to the social activities and have fun with your friends!

Thanks Camila!

 

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!