Dublin, Ireland

Arts + Sciences (Dublin City University)

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Information for term Arts + Sciences (Dublin City University)

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

May 1, 2023

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Aug 29 – Dec 18, 2023 (16 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2022

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 9 – May 6, 2023 (17 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA


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Immerse yourself in Irish university life by enrolling in courses at CIEE’s partner school - Dublin City University (DCU) – Ireland’s “University of Enterprise” for its focus on research and innovation. DCU is located just outside the city of Dublin and hosts five colleges: Science & Health, Humanities & Social Sciences, Engineering & Computing, DCU Business School, and DCU Institute of Education. Students can also select from CIEE elective courses taught by adjunct lecturers at CIEE Dublin, located on DCU’s All Hallows campus. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to make your understanding of Ireland complete – and unforgettable.

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Unique Experiences


    like Dublin Castle, Temple Bar, Henrietta Street, and Guinness Brewery,


    on a high-tech campus with easy access to downtown Dublin,

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    on Ireland’s rich heritage with orientation activities and a special CIEE course.

  • acres of public green space

  • treasured books in Old Library’s Long Room

  • pubs


Location & Culture

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With a young, vibrant population of more than one million people, Dublin is a city on the move and an emerging high-tech European hub. Still, the charm and  culture of old Dublin shine through, and the echoes of literary giants like Joyce, Shaw, Swift, Wilde, and Beckett remain. Since the late 1990s, a multicultural Dublin has emerged with immigration from around the world. Today, the city is a dynamic, lively multicultural space between the jewel green landscape and the Irish Sea. 

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Dublin.

The Culture


  • Get to know Dublin with cultural activities such as guided walking tours, visits to museums, cathedrals, galleries, and historic sites.
  • See more of Ireland with day trips that bring your coursework to life. Excursions could include visits to the Wicklow mountains of Glendalough, the medieval town of Kilkenny, or immersion into the farm life of rural Ireland.
  • Engage in campus life by joining a campus society or club – from drama to travel, there’s something for everyone.
  • Take advantage of the University’s state-of-the-art swimming complex.

Volunteer opportunities

CIEE Dublin works with a variety of charities and NGOs and will assist students who are interested in volunteer opportunities. In the past students have volunteered with organizations such as Age Action, Fighting Words, National Council for the Blind Ireland, Picturehouse Photography, and Dogs Aid Animal Sanctuary.

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Daily Life

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    Student Dorms: Students share dorms on the Dublin City University campus. The dormitory building has shared common areas, a kitchen and dining area. Each student has a private room with an individual bathroom.


    Students are responsible for all meals. There are dining facilities and a small grocery store on campus, and a shopping mall is adjacent to the university.

Dublin, Ireland

Where You'll Study

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    Located on the northside of the city, DCU is a 30-minute bus ride to Dublin city centre.

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    Visit this beautiful and historic landmark.

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    One of Dublin's many parks.


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This program is designed for students who want challenging courses in their major, while living in and learning about Ireland. Students take courses at both Dublin City University (DCU) and CIEE Dublin.

Dublin City University (DCU) was established in the early 1980s and hosts 16,000 students, more than 20% of whom are international. Its multidisciplinary programs stimulate entrepreneurial awareness and activity through strong links with Dublin-based and international businesses. DCU features a modern campus located on 80+ acres just north of the city with central green areas, cafés, a theater, library, bookstore, banking facilities and an active student union. Classes are held on the Glasnevin, St Patrick’s and All Hallows campuses and taught by DCU faculty.

CIEE Dublin is located on DCU’s All Hallows campus. CIEE courses are taught by adjunct lecturers.



Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Program Requirements

Students can take CIEE elective courses as well as courses at Dublin City University (DCU). Registration in DCU courses will be finalized on-site.

These are possible course combinations students may consider:

  • 3 DCU courses and 2 CIEE courses, OR
  • 4 DCU courses and one CIEE course, OR
  • 5 DCU courses

Program Credit

Total credit: 15-18 U.S. semester/22.5-27 quarter credits


Course Credit

  • CIEE courses:  3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
  • Dublin City University courses: typically 3-5 U.S. semester/4.5-7.5 quarter credits; 30-60 contact  hours

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

The Irish educational system requires students to take greater responsibility for learning in a less-structured environment than in the U.S. Students are provided with a syllabus and a broad reading list but are not told what to read for each class, and are expected to show initiative regarding research and critical analysis. Courses – called “modules” in Ireland – are academically challenging, dynamic, and involve daily reading and homework assignments. Attendance is mandatory. Classes combine lectures, group seminars, and practical work. A tutorial system ensures academic support for all students.

Class Format

CIEE courses are open only to CIEE students. DCU courses are open to CIEE, Irish, and other international students.


Professors give numerical grades, which are converted to U.S. letter grades. Assessment is based on overall performance, including essays, coursework, and final exams or papers. In many courses, students are graded on class participation, in-class activities, homework assignments, exams, papers, and oral presentations.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction


Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.


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Course Information

Course Notes

  • Not all DCU courses (known as ‘modules’ in Ireland) are available to study abroad students. Course registration is finalized on-site. Class timetables are only available on arrival, during orientation week, however the Irish academic system allows for flexibility in final registration window for international students.
  • You can only choose DCU courses from one discipline (called “stream” in Ireland). You may not mix disciplines/“streams”.


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Dublin City University Sample Course List

Below is a list of DCU sample courses from which CIEE students may choose. Please note this list is subject to change. Within the areas below, students have course options (courses are called “modules” in Ireland). Availability is based on course schedule, subject level, limitations of resources, and all choices are dependent on approval from the sending university.

Students can only select courses from their discipline (called “stream” at DCU) and may not mix disciplines. Students will receive all relevant course information upon acceptance into the program. The disciplines are the following:

Engineering and Computing
Science and Health

Fall Sample Course List

Psychology of Individual Difference & Diversity
Developmental Psychology & Individual Differences
Curriculum Development
Introduction to Social Studies
Media Writing & Expression
Press and Public Relation New Enterprise Development Project
Psychology in Organizations
New Enterprise Development Project
Modern Europe, 1830-1945
A History of Northern Ireland, 1912-1998
Intro to Modern European Political Thought
The Irish Political System
International Security and Conflict
European Union Law
Identity and Belonging
World Religions
High-Technology Entrepreneurship
Marketing Management & Planning
Business Information Systems
Operations Management
Integrated Sport & Exercise Physiology

Spring Sample Course List
Ethics of Journalism
Introduction to Marketing
Irish Writing
Creating Childhood
Genetics & Health
Political Geography: Spaces of Memory
Assessing Early Leaning and Development
Introduction to European Integration
The Universe
Citizenship, Diversity, and Inclusion
French Fantasy Literature
Comparing Perceptions of Otherness
Lifespan Development
Climate Change: Causes and Consequences
Irish Women in the Long Nineteen Century
Medieval Archaeology
International Trade and Business
Visual Arts and Music Education
Psychology in Organizations
Employee Relations Procedures
Talent Management
Financial Theory
Separation Techniques
International Finance
Cell Biology
Organic Chemistry 

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.



Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Spring 2023 17 weeks Nov 1, 2022 Jan 9, 2023* May 6, 2023*
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $15,483 **

Housing = $4,000

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $19,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $2,250

International Airfare = $1,000

Local Transportation = $400

Books & Supplies = $200

Personal expenses = $2,750

Other = $390 ††

Total Estimated Costs = $6,990

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

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This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required by their US home institution to study abroad via CIEE's School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†† Includes EUR300 for Residence Permit

Fall 2023 16 weeks May 1, 2023 Aug 29, 2023* Dec 18, 2023*

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

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What's Included

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What's Included

Pre-departure Advising
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city
On-site Staff
Full-time program leadership and support in your city
Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
Excursions and/or Study Tours
Travel Protection
CIEE iNext and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

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