Ireland Exchange Student Report
The following report is from Lin Qiujin, a sophomore of Environmental Engineering major from School of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, who, as an exchange student, went to Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT for short) to study in September 2

 The following report is from Lin Qiujin, a sophomore of Environmental Engineering major from School of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, who, as an exchange student, went to Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT for short) to study in September 2015. 

     On my first day in DIT, instructor Sara showed us around the campus. I get to know students from different schools attend class in different buildings which are distributed around city center. I realize that at present, language was the biggest obstacle to communication. Luckily, Sara is very patient, explaining and repeating to me to make sure I could understand.
     The major I choose in DIT is Environmental Health. In the second year, through interaction with my classmates, I find some of them quit jobs to continue study, and others choose a different major to study after getting a degree. I also find it’s difficult to determine their age, since most European people appear to be mature even though they are quite young. 
    Generally speaking, about 25 students attend a lecture in DIT, so professors can interact with students quite frequently. Here the teachers don’t have textbooks in class, but almost every student takes notes as teachers give lectures. Q and A is the most usual form in class, and by doing this, students can almost solve all the questions in class.  
     For the final exam, students usually hand in theses or do group discussion and will be assessed according to the result of group discussion. My major is mainly about food safety evaluation, so the teachers’ lectures are easy to grasp and quite close to life. So students don’t need to learn by rote.
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Cathal Brugha Street --The campus area of School of Food and Science
 
    I live in the host family during my study in Dublin. The Landlady Grandma Madaline is quite amiable, making me feel at home. When I first arrived, she guided me around the community. Here, even strangers would say hello to each other, which together with the blue sky, makes me feel warm.  
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Blue sky in Dublin
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Blue sky in Dublin
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University Library
Translator: He Sha(School of Foreign Languages)