Check with your service provider regarding data roaming rates and topping up your phone in Ireland. One of the cheapest methods is to bring your unlocked phone to Ireland and buy an Irish SIM card, which will allow for cheap calls, texts etc. Please see www.carphonewarehouse.ie for more information and also see the various service providers for individual information.
BANk cards/credit cards/cash
Withdrawing from an ATM is a convenient way to obtain cash in the local currency while you are traveling abroad. Check the back of your card for the appropriate network symbol. Be sure you understand the fees involved and check with your bank to make sure your card and PIN number will work overseas as well as to learn your bank’s daily withdrawal limit. Check with your bank if they have an affiliate bank in your study abroad destination because you can avoid ATM fees by using the ATMs of the affiliate bank. In some parts of rural Ireland, you may not be able to use a debit/credit card, so please ensure that you bring some cash with you on these excursions. Visa, MasterCard, and American Express cards are widely accepted in Ireland. A photocopy of the card with a 24-hour customer service telephone number should be retained in a safe place in case of a lost or stolen card and it is wise to carry a it is wise to carry a second (different) credit card in case your primary one malfunctions or is lost or stolen.
What will the weather be like? What Clothes should i bring?
Ireland has a temperate climate and does not experience extremes of heat or cold. It does however, have high rainfall levels. The weather is unpredictable and can change dramatically in a short period of time. Prepare to dress in layers and ensure that you have waterproof clothing and footwear for wet days. This is especially important if you are participating in field trips, where you will be exposed to the elements. The dress code for class will be casual, but you may wish to wear something dressy for nights on the town or a visit to the theatre.
do I need an adaptor for my devices?
The electrical supply in Ireland is 230v 50hz. Plugs use a three-pronged formation. If your electrical devices use a different current, you will need both a power converter and a plug adaptor.
Who can I conact if i need anything?
Please contact any of our Summer School staff on +353 1 8851000 and we will do our best to help you with any information that you might need.
Do i need medical insurance?
Yes, you should arrange your own medical insurance and bring a copy of relevant documentation with you. A list of doctors and dentists located close to campus will be included in the information pack at registration.