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10 key differences between college in Ireland and college in America

The movies lied to us.

17/8/2016 Celebrating Leaving Certificate Results Source: Sam Boal/

YESTERDAY, IRELAND’S Leaving Cert students picked up their results – now they must wait until Monday to find out if they’ve gotten into college.

But there’s one thing they need to know before they go and it is this: Irish college life is very different from how it’s portrayed in films. You’ll see.

1. Picking a course in the US:

You don’t have to choose your ‘major’ (or main field of study) until like, second year. And you can change it no bother if you don’t like it. What?!

Picking a course in Ireland:


2. Student accommodation in the US:

Please look at all the rooms in this Instagram tag. You will puke and/or die.

Student accommodation in Ireland:

Give or take a few fag-ash cans, of course.

3. Welcoming freshers in the US:

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Welcoming freshers in Ireland:

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We’ll take Black Monday any day, TBH.

4. Campus architecture in the US:

Campus architecture in Ireland:

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OK, we lie. Sometimes there’s one nice building… But everything else around it is a dystopian nightmare.

5. College pride in the US:

Cheerleading squads, mascots, special school colours… Everyone’s very proud over there.

College pride in Ireland:

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You might buy a hoodie in the SU shop. If you’re bothered.

6. Student food in the US:

Most colleges have an all-you-can-eat buffet, and students can purchase meal plans at the start of the year to ensure they never go hungry. IMAGINE.

Student food in Ireland:

Noodles, 20c a packet. Essential.

7. Clubs and societies in the US:

Fraternities! Sororities! The glamour of it all.

Clubs and societies in Ireland:

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8. College drinking games in the US:

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#kegstand #whitegirlwasted #saturday #turndownforwhat

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College drinking games in Ireland:

Find the biggest thing, put bits of everyone’s drink in it, make some poor unfortunate drink it.

9. Student bars in the US:

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Road trip stop number one.

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Again with the decor! Guys. It’s not fair.

Student bars in Ireland:

That’s more like it.

10. College parties in the US:

College parties in Ireland:

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Ah. Good old Ireland.

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