I'm an American music student in my final year of my bachelor's degree, and I'm hoping to go next year for an MA in Ethnomusicology. I've been thinking about going somewhere outside of the States for many reasons, mainly because I'd like to experience new cultures blah blah blah, and also because tuition is so damn expensive here (full Non-EU tuition at most schools in Ireland is about half what I'd pay for an American school). I've been very interested in Ireland because it seems like the support for traditional music there is much, much better than in the US.
The three programs I've been looking at the most are the ones at UCC, UCD, and UL. I was wondering what it's like to be a student in these three towns. I was able to visit Cork and Dublin over the summer, and liked both cities, but since I was only in them for a few days each I could only get a general sense of what they were like. I wasn't able to go to Limerick because of travel logistics, but I've heard great things about it.
So yeah, what's it like living in these towns? Dublin is obviously a lot bigger than the other two, but I'm not actually a big city guy, so I'm not sure how I feel about that. I did have a lovely day up in Howth, though, so if there are any places nearby any of the cities that are good getaways I'd love to hear it.
Wow, long post. I guess I should shut up and let you guys talk...