Studying Abroad in Dublin? Let Amanda Hackney Show You How

Amanda Hackney in Dublin“I don’t think there’s any experience as eye opening and rewarding.” Amanda Hackney

Amanda Hackney Dublin, Ireland

Amanda Hackney studied abroad in Dublin and in this interview we’re going to find out exactly why.

As you will see in the show notes, Amanda’s trip did not get off to a very good start 😂. She actually missed a connecting flight at the start of her trip and as if that weren’t enough, she lost her luggage, too.

She bounced back in spades, though, and we hear exactly how in the interview.

During her trip (which she took during a spring semester) she got to explore Europe and make lifelong friends in the process. Now I know this sounds like cliché study abroad talk that you see posted on flyers all over your campus the signs, but it is so true, just listen!

Amanda might not know this, but I found her by typing “studying abroad in Dublin” in Google and a post from her time there was the number one hit…an impressive feet. If you’re thinking about Dublin, Ireland, or Europe in general you should definitely tune in and listen to someone who’s done it all before.

“Never take advice from someone you wouldn’t want to trade places with” Darren Hardy 


GPS Without The Tickets


  • Deciding on Dublin and IES Abroad 🇮🇪 [1:43]
  • Going to school in Ireland 🏫 [4:22]
  • Staying in an extended stay hotel (with maids) 🏨 [5:00]
  • Getting psyched for the trip 🤩 [6:39]
  • Missing her connecting flight at the beginning of her trip 🛩 [8:30]
  • Exploring the rest of Europe 🗺 [10:35]
  • Fish n’ chips in Ireland and delicious Italian food  🎣 [12:07]
  • Amanda’s advice for for students thinking about studying abroad 🙌 [12:52]
  • Ireland For Dummies (Interesting fact: the first For Dummies book was created in 1991)  📚 [13:56]

Oh My Goodness Guinness [Infographic]

The Ultimate Fish & Chips Video (Remember, the waters are different across the pond, so the fish are, too)


Studying (and interning) Abroad in Dublin With Jessica Kisluk

Jessica Kisluk in Dublin, Ireland

“It’s been an amazing experience because I’ve been planning events for networking between composers, directors, and writers.” – Jessica Kisluk 🦘

Jessica Kisluk SUNY - Oswego

In this interview I talk with Jessica about her unique study abroad experience. Although she’s technically studying abroad for a semester, she will have spent the better part of this year in Europe due to a mini study abroad experience she did last spring in Italy and a summer family trip to Poland.

She does a great job of educating us about Irish culture and tells us everything she has in store for the duration of her trip. But she doesn’t stop there.

We also learn that Jessica has also secured an internship with the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland which aligns perfectly with her major and minor, which is graphic design and arts management.

“Whatever you do in life may be insignificant but it is very important that you do it” – Ghandi




  • Jessica’s multiple international travels through SUNY Oswego 🗺 [2:14]
  • Why Jessica chose Dublin 🇮🇪 [3:26]
  • Coming home before going back 👨‍✈️ [4:25]
  • Quarter courses at Oswego 🏫 [5:30]
  • The grading scale in Dublin  📑 [6:57]
  • Piecing together the study abroad puzzle 🧩[9:15]
  • Jessica’s living arrangements in Dublin 🏠 [11:30]
  • Learning about Irish Time ⌚️ [13:18] 
  • Landing an awesome internship in Ireland 👩‍💻[14:01]
  • Irish cuisine 🍔[16:30]
  • Pasta Carbonara  🍝 [17:27]
  • Jessica’s crazy travel story and upcoming adventures 🛣 [18:20]
  • An official CAPA blogger ✍️ [20:20]
  • Jessica’s website and app recommendations 📱[20:40]
  • Her Instagram travel hack 📸 [22:14]
  • Jessica’s favorite quote 🧐 [23:03]
  • Hanging up in Ireland 📞[24:40]
  • Recommendations 🙌

Jessica’s Amazing Journey [Infographic]

Detailing Jessika Kisluk's European journey

Pasta Carbonera