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Program Overview

Program Overview

Home to Shaw, Swift, Joyce, Lewis, and Yeats – what better place to write your own story of discovery than Ireland? In the vibrant European capital of Dublin, you’ll explore the breadth and depth of Irish culture while enhancing your academic studies through integrated study at Dublin City University. Through coursework, and a variety of cultural activities and excursions, CIEE study abroad in Dublin offers you an immersive and unforgettable international experience.

Study abroad in Dublin and you’ll:

  • Choose from a wide range of courses from business, international relations, communications, and service-learning
  • Study on a high-tech campus in Dublin with easy access to the center of town
  • Interact with local and international students in a shared on-campus apartment, and by volunteering and joining student societies and clubs
  • Take an in-depth look at Irish culture through the core course, History and Culture of Modern Ireland, and the orientation program
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    For students with a GPA or 3.8 or higher who excel in academic pursuits devoted to socially important areas of study. $2,500 per student.

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    For students who demonstrate financial need, CIEE provides direct support for travel.

    Awards: Up to $2,000 per student

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Whether you’re interested in business or engineering, history, journalism, or Irish studies, you’ll have access to a full curriculum through direct enrollment at Dublin City University.

Excursions

study abroad in Dublin

Classroom material will come to life during numerous excursions to museums, cathedrals, galleries, and historic sites in and around Dublin. You’ll travel to beautiful and fascinating places like Achill Island, Connemara, and Galway in the West of Ireland, and journey to Northern Ireland to tour Belfast.

Cultural Activities

Available to all CIEE students at Dublin City University are a number of societies and clubs catering to every interest. A sampling includes music, adventure appreciation, drama, and dance. You can join various student societies which promote travel and other group activities. The Global Links Tandem Society partners local students with visiting students. You'll also have the opportunity to join various athletic clubs and use the university’s state-of-the-art swimming complex. The compact campus lends itself to a community-oriented environment.

Practical Experience

Get hands-on experience with a local organization or company. You might work for the North Dublin Cooperative, the Writers Museum, Special Olympics Ireland, the Disability Federation of Ireland, or another important organization. Or try your hand at volunteering. You might assist in the development of community service among middle and high school students through the Localise Community Service Learning Program, or engage in teaching and education work for the City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee. No matter what you do, you’ll make a difference in your host community.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2016 (13 wks)
05/15/2016
09/12/2016
12/10/2016
$19,150

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$15,312
Housing
$3,420
Insurance
$118

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 to study on CIEE programs through a 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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$2,250
International Airfare *
$1,050
Local Transportation
$400
Books & Supplies
$250
Personal expenses **
$2,750
Other ***
$390

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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

** Irish immigration regulations require all students to open a bank account with a minimum of €1,000 (Euros) in order to file registration. After registering with the immigration authorities, students have ready access to these funds to pay their living/personal expenses. More details will be provided to students with their acceptance materials.

*** Onsite visa fee

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Spring 2017 (17 wks)
11/15/2016
01/23/2017
05/21/2017
$16,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$12,963
Housing
$3,420
Insurance
$167

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 to study on CIEE programs through a 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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$2,250
International Airfare *
$1,050
Local Transportation
$400
Books & Supplies
$250
Personal expenses **
$2,750
Other ***
$390

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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

** Irish immigration regulations require all students to open a bank account with a minimum of €1,000 (Euros) in order to file registration. After registering with the immigration authorities, students have ready access to these funds to pay their living/personal expenses. More details will be provided to students with their acceptance materials.

*** Onsite visa fee

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Academic year 2016-2017 (36 wks)
05/15/2016
09/12/2016
05/21/2017
$34,300

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$27,042
Housing
$6,840
Insurance
$118

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 to study on CIEE programs through a 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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$4,500
International Airfare *
$1,050
Local Transportation
$800
Books & Supplies
$500
Personal expenses **
$5,500
Other ***
$780
Expenses during break ****
$1,800

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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

** Irish immigration regulations require all students to open a bank account with a minimum of €1,000 (Euros) in order to file registration. After registering with the immigration authorities, students have ready access to these funds to pay their living/personal expenses. More details will be provided to students with their acceptance materials.

*** Onsite visa fee

**** academic year students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break

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Eligibility
3.0 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 3.0
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total credit for the semester is 15–18 semester/22.5–27 quarter hours, and 30–36 semester/45–54 quarter hours for the academic year.

Course contact hours and U.S. credit equivalents for most DCU courses are 30 contact hours and 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise indicated.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All study abroad students can take the CIEE course, History and Culture of Modern Ireland, and Intercultural Communication and Leadership, and choose from direct enrollment courses at Dublin City University, for total of five courses and four additional electives.

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About the City

About The City

Fiddle music carries through charming cobblestone streets. The stone Record Tower of Dublin Castle recalls the need for defense against the Normans in the 13th century. A staff member at Trinity College turns the pages of a 1,200-year-old manuscript to prevent light damage from ruining a single page.

Dublin is an ancient city that today is one of the most dynamic and fastest growing European capitals. With a young and vibrant population of over one million, it has enjoyed considerable economic growth in the last decade. While Dublin may be a city on the move, the charm, culture, and heritage of old Dublin is still apparent everywhere. It is perhaps the most literary city in the world with associations that include Joyce, Shaw, Swift, Wilde, and Beckett. Outside the city, unbelievably green landscapes end in sandy beaches.

Dublin is a multicultural and multiethnic city. Since the late 1990s, Dublin has experienced a significant level of net immigration, with the greatest numbers coming from the European Union, especially the United Kingdom, Poland, and Lithuania. There is also a considerable number from outside Europe, particularly China and Nigeria. Dublin is home to a greater proportion of new arrivals than any other parts of the country. Sixty percent of Ireland's Asian population lives in Dublin even though less than 40 percent of the overall population live in the Greater Dublin area. By 2006, the percentage of foreign-born population had increased to 14.5 percent for the state and 17.3% in Dublin. Dublin is considered by many to be an emerging high-tech hub for Europe.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Martin Humphreys

Resident Director

Martin Humphreys is a graduate of University College Dublin and holds a master’s degree in psychology. He has extensive teaching experience and has taught in a variety of environments with traditional and non-traditional students. He also has experience in student support and academic mentoring. This experience extends into the international educational field working with U.S. study abroad students. He has also taught English in South Korea. Martin is originally from Kildare and has an interest in Irish history and culture both in terms of personal and academic research.

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Fjaere van der Stok

Resident Coordinator

Fjære was born and raised in New England and Quebec, and moved to the Netherlands at 17. She earned a B.A. in French and is finishing an M.A. in American Studies at the University of Groningen. She has previous experience working as an exchange coordinator at the University of Groningen and as Resident Coordinator at CIEE’s Groningen Study Center. Fjære’s loves reliving her own first acquaintances with European culture through the eyes of the students attending Dublin’s study programs. Fjære’s interests include trans- and post-national identity formation, performance art, and politics of resistance in film.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

Established in the early 1980s, Dublin City University (DCU) has approximately 10,000 students. DCU offers its students multi-disciplinary programs, creating an environment that stimulates entrepreneurial awareness and activity through strong links with local and international businesses. The 85-acre campus compares to a traditional U.S. campus with central green areas, cafés, theater, a sports center, and library. DCU is a 20- to 30-minute bus ride from downtown Dublin. Public transportation is easily accessible.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Study abroad students live in a shared apartment in a campus residence. The on-campus student residences house 1,000 undergraduate students. Students have their own private room and bathroom with a shared living, kitchen, and dining area. There are three to five individual rooms to each shared area. Students in on-campus apartments are responsible for all meals, which are not included in the program fee. There are dining facilities and a small grocery store on campus. A major shopping mall is located adjacent to the university.

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Orientations

Orientations

study abroad in Dublin

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Dublin even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. The resident director meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program and identify your goals.

The goal of the mandatory on-site orientation program is to familiarize you with the country, culture, and academic program, and to provide practical information about living in Dublin. You will also be introduced to the academic requirements of the university and shown how to make the best use of campus facilities and services. By the end of orientation, you'll be familiar with your new surroundings, settled into your accommodations, and have a strong support network. Ongoing support is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. The on-campus student residences have Internet access in student rooms via an Ethernet connection. There are also several on-campus computer labs and the DCU campus is wireless.

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Culture

Culture

Cultural Activities and Field Trips

The academic study abroad program is supplemented with excursions and cultural activities such as visits to museums, cathedrals, galleries, and historic sites. CIEE offers day and weekend trips in, around, and outside of Dublin, such as visits to the Connemara, the west of Ireland, and Belfast in Northern Ireland.

The trip to Northern Ireland is an exploration of sectarianism – the relationship between Protestants/British and Nationalist/Irish communities and how this chasm influences everyday life. You'll have a chance to see Catholic and Protestant residential areas and meet with political parties when possible. Visits to The Titanic Quarter and the Northern Ireland Parliament Buildings are also included.

University Life

study abroad in Dublin

Available to all CIEE students at Dublin City University are a number of societies and clubs catering to every interest. A sampling includes music, adventure appreciation, drama, and dance. You can join various student societies that promote travel and other group activities, and have the opportunity to join athletic clubs and use the University’s state-of-the-art swimming complex. The compact campus lends itself to a community-oriented environment. The Global Links Tandem Society partners local students with visiting students.

Immersion

Engagement with the local culture is a priority at CIEE Study Centers around the world. CIEE participants make the most of their program through CIEE-guided excursions, field study programs, volunteering, conversation exchanges, and special events. The opportunities vary depending on location.

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Academics

Academics

The Arts and Sciences study abroad program at the CIEE Study Center in Dublin is designed for students who are interested in taking courses in their major while also studying about and living in Ireland. The program at Dublin City University (DCU) opened in fall 2005. It’s an exciting, modern campus, buzzing with life. With over 100 clubs and societies, a very active student union, a student social events calendar overflowing with activities, and a student social center located in the heart of campus, DCU is a great place to study abroad. It is located close to the Dublin city center, which is steeped in history and is renowned for its rich social and cultural life.

Academic Culture

At Dublin City University (DCU), study abroad students are fully integrated with both Irish and other international students. Learning takes place through a coherent blend of lectures, group seminars, and practical work. Courses, called “modules” at DCU, are generally offered at the equivalent of three U.S. credits each. The tutorial system ensures academic support for all students, and regular student feedback helps to monitor quality. The Irish educational system requires students take greater responsibility for their own learning and use their initiative in an academic environment less structured than that commonly found in the U.S. Students are provided with a syllabus and a broad reading list, but are not told what books to read for each class. Students are expected to show initiative in terms of research and critical analysis.

CIEE students can enroll at DCU for the fall, spring, or academic year. The fall semester runs from the middle of September to the middle of December and the spring semester runs from late January to late May. In general, fall semester CIEE students must take DCU courses which are graded through continuous assessment in order to complete the semester in mid-December.

Many DCU courses are not continuously assessed and have a final exam which takes place in January. Unless students are able to stay for exams, potentially into late January, they will have more limited course options in the fall semester. Students are given complete course information that indicates the courses with continuous assessment at the time of acceptance. If you take a non-continuous assessment course and need to stay until late January, the cost of your housing in a dormitory on or near the DCU campus is covered. Students living in a homestay need to leave at the official end of the CIEE program, but can then move to the dorm.

Nature of Classes

CIEE courses are with other CIEE study abroad students only. DCU courses are shared with Irish, CIEE, and other international students.

Grading System

Assessment is based on the individual’s overall performance, including essays, coursework, and final examinations or papers.

Language of Instruction

English

Faculty

All courses are taught by faculty from Dublin City University.

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Course Descriptions

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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.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

CIEE Electives

SOCI 3001 IREL

History and Culture of Modern Ireland
The course is divided into two interconnected sections. The first deals with the political and cultural milieu within which the independence movement emerged. This section also deals with the Northern Ireland conflict from 1968 to the present day. The second examines the social and cultural aspects of contemporary Irish society. Emphasis is placed on four key themes of Irish life—emigration/immigration, religion and its decline, socio-economic inequality, and immigration and marginal groups. Students are encouraged to develop skills pertaining to independent research and critical analysis, which help them in their mainstream electives. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

COMM 3301 IREL

Intercultural Communication and Leadership
In this class, participants will develop skills, knowledge, and understanding that will help them communicate and engage more appropriately and effectively in Dublin as well as in other intercultural contexts. Students will explore various topics in intercultural communication in the context of their experience abroad, and will practice intercultural learning processes that they can apply when working across difference in a wide variety of contexts. Participants will increase their own cultural self-awareness and develop personal leadership skills to help them become more effective in an interdependent world. Learning will involve in-class exercises, active reflection, discussion, readings, field reports, short lectures, and out-of-class activities that engage students in the local culture on a deeper level. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

Dublin City University Subject Areas
Below is a list of DCU subject areas from which CIEE students may choose in addition to the required core course and internship. Please note this list is subject to change. Within the areas below students have course options (modules). Availability is based on course schedule, level of subject, limitations of resources, and all choices are dependent on approval from the sending university.
Business
Communications
Computer Science
Cultural Studies
Economics
Education
Engineering
Engineering and Technology
Finance
Government
Geography
Health Sciences
History
International Relations
Irish Studies
Journalism
Languages
Law/Legal Studies
Mathematics
Politics
Science

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