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Real life experiences from students in their own words.
Rachel NgeMalaysia, Medicine
There is a reason why they say that RCSI is one of the best medical schools in the world. I could testify to that statement, for no expenses were spared in providing the students with top quality education.
Our lecturers at RCSI are also our personal mentors, moulding us in every aspect into becoming excellent doctors. They have done far more than just educate and teach – they motivated and inspired me to strive for my passion and future.
RCSI also provides students with endless opportunities – imagine having surgical suturing and laparoscopic skills training in your very first year, and the chance to have dinner with Nobel Laureates in your second year. You can’t help but wonder, “What’s next?”
Contrary to popular beliefs, life as a medical student is anything but mundane. RCSI encourages us to work hard, but they also encourage us to let our hair down once in a while!
Events like International Night certainly prove that medical students of RCSI have more to offer than just smart brains!
Also, I love the fact how the student population of RCSI is so diverse. It doesn’t matter where you come from; we’re all like one big family here!
RCSI is certainly more than just a medical school - it has become my home.
Jack WoodsIreland, Medicine
One thing that strikes me about RCSI is the breadth of opportunity for both academic and personal development.
I feel that the style of teaching hasn’t just been about spoon-feeding but more about developing as an all-round professional. The teaching and administrative staff in RCSI encourages the idea of an RCSI community and it creates a great atmosphere of support among the students.
Student-led extracurricular aspects of RCSI have given me the chance to engage in and benefit from things like peer teaching, sports clubs which are both competitive and enjoyable and societies which run great events that are open to everyone. I even got to go and run the Boston marathon thanks to RCSI, it was an awesome experience!
Jocelyn BarberCanada, Medicine
RCSI's student body consists of a diverse range of people from different cultures and religious backgrounds.
At first, I was unsure how I was going to develop relationships with some of the people in my class, as I was so different to them. I underestimated how much two people can have in common, even when growing up on different sides of the world.
Above their friendship, I appreciate what my friends have taught me – a greater understanding of culture and a respect for those with different values.
Naude Du PlessisSouth Africa, Medicine
Although there is so much that I have gained from my experience at RCSI, I would say that being a part of the international student body here is on top of my list.
Being a foreign student in another country can be challenging at times, but with a student body so diverse I found it easy to connect with other students who were also in a very similar position as myself, a foreigner.
Before I knew it I was making friends from all over the world, which has given me the priceless opportunity to learn more about different cultures and attitudes that I may have never been exposed to.
I find that the culture and tradition of RCSI combined with the enthusiasm of our faculty and teaching staff creates a motivating and truly inspiring study environment filled with great opportunities. It has helped me develop both personally and academically.
Bairbre BoyleIreland, Pharmacy
I have really enjoyed my time studying Pharmacy here in RCSI. The course is very comprehensive, including laboratory work and practical sessions alongside the traditional lecture methods.
Initially you are given a basic grounding in the scientific subjects and their relevance to the practice of Pharmacy.
As your time in college progresses the emphasis switches to preparation for practice as a Pharmacist.
There are so many diverse career options upon graduating with this degree, which makes it an excellent qualification to have.
Of course, there is very much a social side to college, with numerous clubs and societies that you can become affiliated with. I was Treasurer of the Pharmacy Society whilst in 3rd year, and it was a brilliant experience.
Due to the fact that the college is quite small, you are more likely to get to know other students in your course, along with students from Medicine and Physiotherapy - so your social circle is large and diverse, which makes for great nights out!
It is also a good way to make connections at this early stage, as these people will be our healthcare colleagues in a few years time!
Karishma KuwelkerNorway, Medicine
RCSI does not only provide a education of excellence in medicine, they encourage you to take yourself beyond pure academics through research, electives and leadership roles.
You are provided with opportunities to develop your personality and social skills, through sports, music, charity, other extra curricular activities, and interacting and connecting with students from 60 different countries.
I came to RCSI 4 years ago by myself and from the very first day I felt right at home.
So far it has been a rewarding experience which I will cherish for life. If you value academics, ambition, diversity and a real good time, you should consider joining RCSI.
The past 5 years at RCSI have been the most formative and memorable of my life. To paraphrase, "It's been the best of times and the worst of times." The learning curve has been steep, there's been tears of joy and of sadness, but I know that the education has been top notch (and the craic has been mighty!)
As I prepare to complete my final few months at RCSI, I know I will miss the institution and its people tremendously. When I look around at my classmates and think of how far we have come since our beginnings in the Anatomy Room in Stephen's Green five years ago, I know that we would not be the capable, competent and happy Class of 2011 had we studied anywhere else.
Would I do it all again? Absolutely!
Trinidad and Tobago, Medicine
After making my way through the mountain of prospectuses and open days in my final year of school, I chose RCSI as my first choice for studying medicine. What attracted me to the college was the quality of education, the community feel, and the international mix of students. Since then I have found all of that to be true.
Saudi Arabia, Medicine
As a young Saudi student embarking on one of the most testing of degrees; one of medicine, I arrived in Dublin with a sense of trepidation. This was at once dispelled upon my first visit to the student's services office. Greeted by Ms Sandra Bonetto, my fears turned into absolute relief. Her enthusiasm was infectious and her desire to get me settled into the RCSI way of life instilled me with immediate confidence. To begin my learning experience in such an uplifting way was beyond my expectation.
Daniel Mac Manus
Starting medicine at a world class university steeped in a 200 year old history, in the heart of Dublin city was daunting. But with the help of inspiring professors and brilliant friends from medicine to pharmacy as well as physiotherapy the feeling soon passed. I felt immediately welcome and at home. RCSI is an extraordinary busy place with plenty of activities to get involved in, whatever your interests may be. Although academics are a priority at the university there are also plenty of extra-curricular opportunities available. I have played new sports like fencing and horse polo, performed on stage in major Dublin venues, conducted breast cancer research and travelled to RCSI Bahrain on the exchange programme. Absorbing another culture in a new learning environment was a truly amazing experience that I will never forget. RCSI has offered me opportunities beyond what I ever could have imagined.
To be honest, I was initially quite apprehensive about coming to RCSI. It had been the first choice on my CAO since I first filled it out during my Leaving Cert year but when the hullabaloo of results day finally settled and the college allocations began to trickle out, I gradually realised that I was the only person I knew heading to RCSI. All my other friends were off in groups to UCD, Trinity and DCU and I was left to fend myself in a completely new environment unlike anything I had experienced before.
Kuwait & Scotland
I'm originally from Kuwait, however I grew up in Glasgow, Scotland. I moved to Ireland to pursue a career in medicine, and picked RCSI as my first choice. My experience at RCSI has been a phenomenal one so far, I'm in fourth med now and feel as though RCSI has helped shape me both as a future doctor and as a person. I've met friends here from all across the world with thanks to the truly multicultural environment RCSI offers. There's no such thing as a ‘majority/minority' student body, there's a mix of all different types of students from all different backgrounds, something which I love about RCSI. Another thing I love is the clinical teaching provided to us which is at a truly high standard. It's not just a matter of giving us our degree here, it's about giving us the tools to manage and secure our future as doctors.
Since becoming a student at RCSI the most enjoyable aspect of the GEP course has been the diversity of nationalities and educational backgrounds of students I have met since starting. It has been a fantastic education in itself and it is definitely something that makes RCSI such a great place to study. Regarding the course itself, the level of clinical experience we receive from an early stage has been invaluable and it is definitely something that is unique to the RCSI graduate programme, being assigned clinical attachments since our second semester of first year has been great in terms of developing as a prospective doctor. The course structure and quality of teaching provided in RCSI is super and I consider myself to be quite lucky to be studying in such a great environment.
When I made the decision to go on to study medicine as a graduate RCSI quickly became my top choice of medical school. I was impressed with their passion for teaching and for medicine, as well as their welcoming, supportive and approachable attitude. I haven't been disappointed - the quality and organisation of the teaching I have received thus far has been exceptional. Social (and future travel opportunities!) abound with such an international student body and having the chance to study with people from all walks of life has really enriched the experience of medicine for me. Going back to study medicine was one of the best things I have ever done. I have had so many amazing experiences and have made some really great friends who have taught me about so much more than just medicine. I'd strongly advocate anyone who's considering studying medicine to go for it! You'll have the chance to study something that's fascinating, rewarding and humbling, that has wide and varied future career prospects, and you'll get to meet so many great people from all around the globe.
USA & Saudi Arabia, Medicine
I was born in California and after five years, moved to Saudi Arabia where I attended an American school. My journey through RCSI thus far has been a phenomenal one and it has molded me in more ways than I could ever imagine. One of the most astonishing aspects of RCSI is the great diversity and multiculturalism of the students; I can honestly say that I have a true friend in every continent of the world. RCSI provides more than just an education from a book; the professors are very dedicated and the hands-on experience is outstanding in the hopes of making every student the best that he or she can possibly be as a Healthcare Professional. I must also mention that what we learn from each other due to our unique heritages is an education on its own.
I am a mature student in my third year here at RCSI. I am from Ireland though I worked for many years in London, first training as a Chartered Accountant before working in strategy. Many factors have made RCSI the right choice for me: its multinational profile which had become a normal culture for me in London; the commitment of the university to mature and graduate entry which is reflected in a substantial cohort (both Irish and international students); the early exposure and emphasis on research and its international research reputation; the standard of its lecturers; its focus on medicine and healthcare.
The RCSI Clubs and Societies programmes are generously funded and are an excellent way to meet students from different years which can be lifesaving when exams approach and access to experience is so important as well the fun of participating in your favourite interests with others (e.g the Gourmet Society and the Society of Neuroscience).
I would recommend RCSI to anyone looking for well structured medical degree in a supportive university.