The Experience

Dublin is a bustling city full of rich history in every little nook and cranny.  Yet, at the same time it is paving the way for the future as well in fashion, art, music, food, business, technology, science, architecture and so much more.  Check out our CAPA Dublin Blog and Instagram below to see what CAPA students have to say.

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Multicultural Dublin

“Multiculturalism is the co-existence of diverse cultures, where culture includes racial, religious, or cultural groups and is manifested in customary behaviours, cultural assumptions and values, patterns of thinking, and communicative styles.”

Source: The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions November 2013

A Little History

Perhaps you have visited the city before, or maybe this is your first trip out of your country, and even out of your state. No matter what your expectations of Dublin may be, chances are that it will surpass them and surprise you in ways that you never anticipated. In this section, we wanted to give you a taste of one of Dublin’s more recent assets: its diversity, mainly due to Ireland’s economic boom, or “The Celtic Tiger,” which took place between the mid-1990s and 2007.

Originally founded as a Viking settlement, Dublin evolved into the Kingdom of Dublin and became the island’s principal city following the Norman invasion. The city expanded rapidly from the 17th Century; it was briefly the second largest city in the British Empire and the fifth largest in Europe. Dublin entered a period of stagnation following the Act of Union of 1800, but it remained the economic centre for most of the island. Following the partition of Ireland in 1922, the new parliament, the Oireachtas, was located in Dublin’s Leinster House. Dublin became the capital of the Irish Free State and later the Republic of Ireland. The city has suffered wars and conflict over many centuries but it has established its own identity and today is a thriving, modern city, rich in history and proud of its past.

Interesting Statistics

Since then Ireland has changed and grown in so many ways.

As of April 2011 Ireland is the country of 199 different nations and 182 languages!

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(Left to right are top five countries of origin of non-Irish nationals.)

Challenge: Count the number of languages you hear one day while walking down the street.

A few more statistics:

  • While Dublin is home to large number of non-Irish nationals, Galway is considered the most multi-cultural city.
  • “49, 204 is the number of Muslims living in Ireland, making it the most important non-Christian religion.” –This is Ireland, Highlights from Census 2011, Part 1
  • 45% identify as having no religion.
  • 72% of under 40 years old were non-Irish white people.
  • In 2015 Ireland was the first country in the world to legalize gay marriage by popular vote.
  • 30% of people are married in Dublin.
  • The most gender balanced aged groups are 35-39 and 55-59 where the ratio of men to women is equal.
  • Urbanization means “becoming more like a city” therefore, there is a population shift from rural to urban areas. However, Dublin’s share of the urban population was 39% in 2011 down nearly 10% from 1961.


Reflect: What may be the causes for urbanization in Ireland? Compare those with some of the reason for urbanization in your home country? What are some of the negative outcomes of urbanization?

People From Around the World in Ireland

Language and culture are a few of the influential factors of the way we see the world and countries outside of our own.  This video tells people’s stories of how Ireland came to be their home away from home.

Think: What is home to you? Who do you think your neighbors will be?

Food, Festivals, & Markets

Dublin is a splendid place to experience food.  Traditional Irish food tends to be more hearty and warming.  It is food that will stick to your bones and keep you warm in the rain.

“Of course, the food is fantastic and you’ll be full by the time you head home, eight or nine stops later.”

If you consider yourself a total foodie or food lover check out this CAPA World Blog: 10 Resources for Foodies: Dublin Edition

It is full of great food recommendations from people all around Dublin! Or explore the Temple Bar Market!

Reflect: What kinds of markets and shops will surround your neighborhood? What is the “national dish” of your home country?

Go Beyond

Ready to learn more?!

At CAPA we appreciate the diverse backgrounds and interests of our students! We have compiled a list of resources to help you feel more at home in your new city. Included you’ll find information regarding major news sources and things to do in Dublin. You’ll also find resources for students going abroad as an LGBTQ student, students with a disability, students who have dietary restrictions, and students who are wondering how their racial and ethnic identity may be impacted in their new city.

This is only a brief introduction to your city and all it has to offer so please reach out to your program manager with any specific questions or concerns. At CAPA we pride ourselves on our ability to meet individual student needs and go above and beyond to ensure we offer the best student experience abroad possible!

Major news sources
Location Specific “Things to Do”
Religious Services
LGBTQ Community Resources
Community Resources on Race and Ethnicity
Disabilities Abroad
Food Resources: Dietary restrictions

Major news sources

Location specific “Things to Do”

Religious Services and Resources

LGBTQ Community Resources

Community Resources on Race and Ethnicity

Disabilities Abroad

Food resources: Dietary restrictions

Have Questions?

Dr. Jenny Bossaller

Associate Professor, School of Information Science & Learning Technologies

bossallerj@missouri.edu or (573) 882-9130

Briana Sicard

CAPA Program Manager

bsicard@capa.org or 800-793-0334


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