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Dublin, Ireland

Arts + Sciences (Dublin City University)

Study Program

Dates

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17 weeks

Costs

Credit

15 - 18 semester hours

22.5 - 27 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

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Dates

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16 weeks

Costs

Credit

15 - 18 semester hours

22.5 - 27 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Apply Now

Request Information

Contact Us

Dates

-

35 weeks

Costs

Credit

15 - 18 semester hours

22.5 - 27 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Apply Now

Request Information

Contact Us

Overview

Immerse yourself in Irish university life by enrolling in courses at CIEE’s partner school, Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland’s “University of Enterprise,” known for its focus on research and innovation. DCU is located just outside 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 classes are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to make your understanding of Ireland complete – and unforgettable.

Unique Experiences

EXPLORE ICONIC SITES

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

STUDY AT DCU

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

ZOOM IN

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

3.7 K

ACRES OF PUBLIC GREEN SPACE

3

DCU CAMPUSES ACROSS NORTHERN DUBLIN

1 K+

PUBS

Experience
  • ireland sunset canal
  • abroad students ireland group

Your Destination

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 Dublin is located on Dublin City University’s All Hallows Campus in the leafy suburb of Drumcondra, one mile North of the city center. 


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

dublin ireland blarney castle student trip

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • 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 other parts of the island, such as Belfast in the North or Galway on the West Coast. 
  • 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.
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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.

Program Blogs

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Why Study Abroad in Ireland

By College Study Abroad at CIEE

There is no doubt about it: The small country of Ireland has a huge amount of opportunity for those looking for an exciting adventure. Especially for students looking to take... keep reading

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Housing
Academics

Academics

 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 more than 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.

GPA

3.0

Language Requirements

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Additional Requirements

Please refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.

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.

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.

Grading

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

English

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.

Courses

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”.

Communication, Journalism, and Media

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Languages and Cultural Studies

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Languages and Cultural Studies

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Online course catalog

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, and 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: 

  • Business 
  • Humanities 
  • Education 
  • 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 
  • Globalization 
  • High-Technology Entrepreneurship 
  • Marketing Management & Planning 
  • Business Information Systems 
  • Operations Management 
  • Integrated Sport & Exercise Physiology 

Spring Sample Course ListEthics 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.

Scholarships

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
  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • MSI Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application.

Learn more about scholarships

Dates & Fees

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.

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Program Spring 2025 17 weeks Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $20,950
Program Fall 2024 16 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $20,950
Program Academic year 2024-2025 35 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $40,850

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.

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 protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $13,956**

Housing = $6,500***

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $20,950

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 = $1,615

International Airfare = $1,100††

Local Transportation = $400

Books & Supplies = $250

Personal expenses = $240†††

Other = $690††††

Total Costs = $4,295

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.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable fee

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

***Housing fees listed are for financial aid purposes only and should not be considered a basis for calculation of refunds.

For groceries if you plan on making your own meals, budget more money if you plan on eating out regularly.

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

†††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

††††Includes EUR300 for Residence Permit

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 protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $15,456**

Housing = $5,000***

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $20,950

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 = $1,520

International Airfare = $1,000††

Local Transportation = $400

Books & Supplies = $200

Visa Fees = $390†††

Personal expenses = $240††††

Other = $390†††††

Total Costs = $4,140

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.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable fee

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

***Housing fees listed are for financial aid purposes only and should not be considered a basis for calculation of refunds.

For groceries if you plan on making your own meals, budget more money if you plan on eating out regularly.

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

†††Includes EUR300 for registration with Immmigration for Residence Permit

††††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

†††††Includes EUR300 for Residence Permit

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 protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $28,856**

Housing = $11,500***

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $40,850

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 = $3,135

International Airfare = $1,000††

Local Transportation = $800

Books & Supplies = $450

Visa Fees = $390†††

Personal expenses = $480††††

Other = $1,080†††††

Expenses during break = $1,800

Total Costs = $9,135

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.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable fee

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

***Housing fees listed are for financial aid purposes only and should not be considered a basis for calculation of refunds.

For groceries if you plan on making your own meals, budget more money if you plan on eating out regularly.

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

†††Includes EUR300 for registration with Immmigration for Residence Permit

††††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

†††††Includes EUR300 for Residence Permit

What's Included

Tuition

Housing

Pre-departure Advising

Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions

Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet

Orientation

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 travel protection

24/7 emergency on-site support

Staff

Our Staff

Enda O’Connell

Center Director

Enda is responsible for overall management of CIEE Dublin. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Primary Education Teaching from Dublin City University and the equivalent of a Master’s degree in...

Marcus Gatto

Academic Director

Originally from Denver, Marcus has lived in Ireland for a decade. Before joining CIEE, he oversaw an undergraduate law program at a private college in Dublin and taught various law subjects.

Taylor Hebert

Student Life and Internship Coordinator

Taylor Hebert is originally from Washington state but has called Dublin home since 2017. She has a BA from Loyola University New Orleans and an MA from Humboldt University of...

Get Started Steps

Get Started

Here’s what you need to do to take the next steps:

1

Start an Application 
You're one step closer to an amazing study abroad experience!

2

Connect With Your Campus Study Abroad Office 
Share your plans and confirm you're on track to meet all required steps to go abroad. 

3

Contact Us 
Send us an email if you still have questions or need information about applying to this program.

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