The renowned writer WB Yeats once said about Ireland: "There are no strangers here, only friends you haven't yet met."
As a first step, find out about the societies and clubs available in your college. Staff are there to help you settle in and be happy in your studies, so don't be afraid to seek their advice on any matter.
If it's fast and furious that you want, live bands, traditional music and various festivals are literally at every crossroads. The west is fast becoming the new destination for extreme water sports, including surfing and kitesurfing, while, all around Ireland, there are facilities for almost every kind of other sport - even skiing!
If you're more of a laid-back kind of person, then you're never too far from the tranquil scenery and quaint cafés of the country. In recent times, leisure cycling has taken off in a huge way, but public transport will also get you into the 'back of beyond' before you know it!
Everywhere, Ireland is full of culture and history, and each village has its own story to tell and characters to meet.
Our farms and fisheries net up some of the best ingredients in the world, so it’s no surprise that you’ll find a country full of 'foodies' and unrivalled gourmet experiences as well as lots of great, reasonably priced cafés and restaurants that are buzzing with food to share and friends to meet.