Home to Shaw and Swift, Joyce, Lewis and Yates – 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, internship opportunities and a variety of cultural activities and excursions CIEE study abroad in Dublin offers you an immersive and unforgettable international experience.
In Dublin you will:
Choose from a wide range of courses from business to international relations to communications to service-learning to a for-credit internship
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; volunteer, join student societies and clubs
Take an in-depth look at Irish culture through a core course, History and Culture of Modern Ireland, and the orientation program
The CIEE Difference
Whether you’re interested in Business, or Engineering, History, Journalism or Irish Studies, you’ll have access to a full curriculum through direct enrolment at Dublin City University.
Interested in engaging with the local community? Enroll in Dublin’s specialized Service-Learning track including an Independent Research and Capstone Project, a course in theory and engagement, and placements with community based organizations.
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 and the West of Ireland, and Belfast and Derry in Northern Ireland.
Available to all CIEE students at DCU are a number of societies and clubs catering to every interest. A sampling includes music, adventure appreciation, drama, and dance. Study abroad students can join various student societies which promote travel and other group activities. The Global Links Tandem Society partners local students with visiting students. Students 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.
Total recommended credit for the semester is 15–16 semester/22.5–24 quarter hours, and 30–31 semester/45–46.5 quarter hours for the academic year.
Course contact hours and recommended credit for all DCU courses are 30 contact hours and 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise indicated.
All study abroad students must take the CIEE core course, History and Culture of Modern Ireland, and four additional electives at DCU, one of which may be an internship. Note that the internship is subject to approval of the student’s sending school, availability of internship, and suitability of the candidate. All Service-Learning Track participants enroll in the Community Partnership: Theory and Engagement course with service integrated, the Independent Research and Capstone Project, History and Culture of Modern Ireland, and two Dublin City University courses.
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.
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 a library. DCU is located 20 to 30 minutes by bus from downtown Dublin. Public transportation is easily accessible.
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 private 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 and meals 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.
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, and includes an internship option. The program at Dublin City University opened in fall 2005. DCU is 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.
At 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 at the time of acceptance which indicates the courses with continuous assessment. 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.
Assessment is based on the individual’s overall performance, including essays, coursework, and final examinations or papers.
Language of Instruction
All courses are taught by faculty from Dublin City University.