Semester in Dublin

Who wouldn’t want to study in the land of James Joyce, leprechauns, and Lord of the Dance? Explore the quaint bookstores, walk the cobblestone streets, and listen to traditional music in the pubs while studying at one of the best universities in Ireland.

Choose your course in a great city. During Semester in Dublin, you can learn about Dublin’s literary greats, international business, or engineering in an incredible European city.

When you study in Dublin, we’re with you from start to finish.  At CISabroad, all of our advisors have studied or lived abroad - even in Dublin! From Yeats to the street performances in Once, we want you to know all about Dublin before you go and to love it once you arrive.

We care about the environment. Your round-trip flight to Dublin will be offset by the work of CISabroad’s environmental partnerships around the world so you can study abroad in Ireland with peace of mind. 

When you study abroad in Dublin, we encourage you to take advantage of studying at one of the best universities in Ireland and living in one of the best cities in Europe. Get to know local Irish students and customs, and you will surely fall in love with this city of history, tradition, and subtle sophistication. You will experience:

New multiculturalism in an up-and-coming city – Due to an economic boom in the past two decades and an influx of immigrants from around the world, Dublin has been transformed into a new, hip European hot spot. You’ll find delicious Lebanese cuisine, trendy film cafés, and colorful international parades alongside statues of Irish literary giants.

A US-style education a world away – Your host institution, Dublin City University, is modeled on the US university education experience, so you’ll have less educational culture shock. Just because you are studying in a new country doesn’t mean you have to adapt to a whole new style of learning.

International students – Many of your 10,000 fellow students come from around the world. You can learn from them in and out of the classroom and have friends to visit across the globe after your semester abroad.

Tons to do on campus – With over 100 student activities on campus and great resources like a student union, cafés, a pool, and even a rock-climbing wall, you’ll never get bored!

Travel opportunities throughout the region - With cheap airfare and train routes galore, you can travel within Ireland, around the UK, and to various cities, beaches, and mountains in Europe when you study abroad in Ireland!

If you've ever wanted to study abroad in Ireland, then check out our Semester in Dublin study abroad program. Here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique.

  • Cultural Excursions
  • Live in one of the best cities in Europe
  • Meet students from all around the world in your classes
  • Take advantage of Dublin’s many festivals
  • Study in Dublin in a high-quality, progressive, US-style university
  • Great on-campus facilities
  • Live and study with Irish students
  • Diverse course offerings

While on the Semester in Dublin program, you will have the opportunity to take a number of excursions to see what the rest of Ireland has to offer. Here are just a couple of the places you might be visiting which our site director, John Hayes, has named the "Four Corners of Ireland":

Cliffs of Moher

Standing 214m high over the Atlantic Ocean and running for 5 miles, the Cliffs of Moher are certainly a sight to be seen. Listed as a finalist for status as one of the new 7 wonders of the world, there is no doubting that these cliffs should be top on your to-do list. From the cliffs you can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk Mountains – this is an excursion you don’t want to miss!

Kilrush County Clare

Overlooking Shannon Estuary and the Kerry Hills to the south, Kilrush is a traditional market town which now has the west coast's biggest marina. While in Kilrush you will have the opportunity to go on a boat trip to the estuary to go dolphin spotting! Despite often inclement weather, a large pod of bottlenose dolphins live off the coast – giving you the perfect opportunity to see some wildlife!


This former ‘Rebel City’ buzzes with life, giving it worthy cause to rival the Dublin capital. The River Lee weaves around the city, adding charm to the Georgian architecture and poky 17th century alleys. But the best thing about this city is how it has effortlessly slid into the 21st century. With a brand new opera house as well as a burgeoning restaurant, music, and arts scene, this is a city that truly has everything covered.

Guinness Storehouse

Visit the place where it all started! The Guinness Storehouse is central to the Irish identity and you'll love learning how to make the perfect pint from the masters themselves.

Cliff Walking

Walk the cliffs of Ireland to see dramatic and stunning views of the water and coast.

Western Ireland

Enjoy a light breakfast and tea, followed by a dance lesson from well-trained Irish dancers. Then, take a bus tour around the city and explore various medieval sites and national parks. You'll get to see caves and waterfalls before heading to a beautiful seaside town and enjoying a traditional meal of fish and chips!

Semester in Dublin is housed at Dublin City University (DCU). Unlike the academic systems of most Irish universities, when it comes to teaching and learning, DCU’s system is loosely based on the American system. Rather than having one or two projects or presentations deciding your entire grade, you will have “continual assessment". That being said, you will have more responsibility for learning material outside of class than you may be used to.

The main subject areas available at DCU: biology, biotechnology, business, chemistry, communication, computer science, economics, engineering, environmental sciences, health, intercultural communication, international relations, journalism, law, nursing, physics, political studies, and sport science.

GPA Required: 3.0. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact An Advisor" button on this page or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

How to choose your courses:
Now for the fun part! As part of the application process, you will be required to complete the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet. The following instructions will guide you through the steps of choosing your courses.

Course load:  4–5 courses (12–15 US credits)

Course approval: It is best to get 10-12 classes pre-approved before you go abroad. This way, you will have plenty of classes to choose from and some flexibility in setting up your schedule. You should consider filling your elective requirements while abroad.

Classes available for study abroad: Only certain classes are open to study abroad students.

Click here to choose courses for 2016/2017 Academic Year. Please note that if you are attending the Fall semester, you must pick courses from Semester 1 and your courses MUST be 100% continual assessment. If you are attending the Spring semester, you must pick courses from Semester 2.

Please note that availability is not guaranteed. You will not be registered for your courses at DCU until you arrive in Ireland and go through the university's orientation program.

*Math courses are not offered to study abroad students during the fall semester program, only during the spring semester.

Looking for a syllabus for course approval? Click on the link above! Syllabi are included in the course list by clicking the above link.

Timetables: See the bottom of each course description. Please keep in mind that 0 = yearlong; 1 = semester 1 (fall semester); 2 = semester 2 (spring semester)

Helpful information
The fall semester runs from September to January. If you want to return home before Christmas break, you should select ONLY courses with 100 percent continuous assessment (CA), which will allow you to finish all assignments before returning home. Most science courses are not available as continual assessment, so you may want to avoid them if you do not wish to stay through January.

XX1XX courses are Level 1, e.g. LG104
XX2XX courses are Level 2, e.g. LG211
XX3XX courses are Level 3, e.g. MG325
XX4XX courses are Level 4, e.g. LC409

You should generally select courses at the 100 and 200 levels. Courses at the 300 level are equivalent to senior-year courses in the US and will have prerequisites, which can be found in the course descriptions. Courses at the 500 level and above are strictly for postgraduate students.

Programs in Ireland are fairly subject-specific compared to in the US, with each year building on the last. Therefore, Level 1 and Level 2 courses in Ireland may not be suitable for students at Level 3 or 4 in the US, simply because they lack prior knowledge of the subject area. Level 3 or 4 courses in Ireland may be too difficult, because prior knowledge is assumed. If you are in your third year, feel free to choose DCU Level 1, 2, or 3 courses; if you are in your second year, stick with Level 1 and Level 2.

Did you know that 70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? You can get a grant for something as simple as applying early, or a scholarship for blogging. 

For details on all scholarship and grant offerings and to apply, please click here.

It's said that Ireland, once visited, is never forgotten. Home to only 4.5 million people, the island's influence far exceeds its size. It is extremely attractive for its renowned creativity in literature, film, and popular music. On top of that historical status, in the last 15 years Dublin has also become the heart of new economic growth and multiculturalism. Dublin is now recognized as one of the top cosmopolitan destinations in Europe.

Dublin is the country's largest city, and is located along the River Liffey. It has more of a small city feel with a lot to do! All of Dublin's great attractions are in the heart of the city. Shortly after you arrive you will be able to feel the passion that Dubliners have for their sports teams (including football (soccer), rugby, and Gaelic Football). From museums and libraries, to more modern day attractions (The Guinness Factory being a favorite among travelers), you'll always have something to keep you occupied.

Dublin is home to numerous concert halls, art museums, and sport matches, and is famous for daily traditional fiddle and acoustic guitar performances in local pubs throughout the city. The city is equally well-regarded for Dubliners' hospitality, friendliness, and humor. The Irish are known for being quite welcoming and talkative, and always enjoy a good laugh with friends at the local pub. So pick up some Gaelic, check out a Celtic music concert, and live it up on St. Patrick's Day with your new Irish friends. Don't forget to kiss the Blarney Stone, visit the Irish coastline with its amazing sea-cliff views, and see small-town Irish life.

Our Semester in Dublin program is located at Dublin City University. Founded in 1975, DCU is accredited by the Department of Education and Skills, Ireland.

Dublin is one of Ireland’s youngest and most progressive universities. Voted the “Top Irish University” in 2004 by the Sunday Irish Times, it is home to more than 10,000 students from all over the world. Located 20 minutes outside of the city, DCU’s location is perfect for a quiet life with easy access to all the thrills that Dublin has to offer. DCU’s academic system is less European and more American, with “continual assessment” throughout the semester. This will make your transition to a new university in a new country easier, so you can focus on your academics and on immersing yourself in Irish culture.

Complementing DCU’s strong academics are facilities that rival those of the best US universities. There are television and sound studios, computer labs and networking facilities, state-of-the-art science labs, and graphic design facilities. You will be directly enrolled in classes at the university for full integration into Irish academic life. This means you will experience what learning with students from another culture is all about. You will meet new Irish friends in your classes who will help expose you to the real Dublin. 

The DCU Student Union is one of the most active in Ireland, with over 100 academic, cultural, and sports clubs and organizations. The on-campus facilities are great for relaxing outside of class. You will definitely find yourself meeting up with friends at the Hub, DCU’s student center. The Hub hosts pubs and cafés, a game room, a supermarket, and a book shop. There are also seven restaurants located throughout campus that offer affordable and healthy food options.

The nearby sports complex boasts a rock-climbing wall, a 25-meter pool, three full-size basketball courts, and an array of fitness equipment. You will have access to the University Sports Complex, Soccer Center, and DCU Sport Grounds. You can also take advantage of the various workout facilities and exercise classes, another great way to meet friends!

However, much of student life takes place away from campus in the city of Dublin. With just over a million people, the city is a student’s dream. Great music, theatre, shopping, and eating are all just a short bus or cab ride from the campus and your housing. Explore the history of Ireland throughout the various museums and National Museums that Dublin has to offer. Or take a tour of Croke Park, one of the largest stadiums in Western Europe, home to soccer, rugby and Gaelic Football. Of course, there is the never-ending Irish music scene to discover, with nightly performances in pubs on every corner (and the entertainment is free!). Between city and campus, there will always be something exciting to do on Semester in Dublin.

While studying at Dublin City University, you will live in apartment-style housing, located just a short walk from the University campus.  You will have your own private bedroom and bathroom in an apartment that houses up to five or six students.  All bedrooms come fully furnished with a spacious wardrobe, under-bed drawers, and a study desk area (including shelves and a desk with drawer included). All bedrooms are also supplied with a wired internet connection.

The complex has on-site, coin-operated laundry facilities, a convenience store, a 24-hour security system, and is located near a shopping center and cinema.  There is also an abundance of restaurants and pubs located near to the apartment complex.  For those who want to explore the city, Dublin city centre is only a short ride away. What more could you ask for?

CISabroad's Site Director in Ireland:

John Hayes was born and raised in Ireland.  He grew up on a dairy farm in Tipperary before heading to college. He studied at the National University of Ireland, Galway and University of Limerick.  John adores travelling and has lived and worked in five different European countries.  He has taught in Spain, Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom, worked on farms in The Netherlands and has led study abroad programs in the British Isles and Austria.  John believes both International education and travel are essential in today’s world. He is on hand to help smooth your path while you’re abroad. 

John is married to Anja. 15 years and counting! Together they have a teen (Nathan 14) and tween (Lauren 12) 

When John isn’t dealing with teen v tween friction and angst he loves watching westerns, war films and watching/tweeting about sport. He’s completely crazy about almost all sports and will invariably want to take you to games of some description. 

All in all he’s a very friendly person who always wants to help others achieve their goals.

1. What is the cost of the program? What is included in the program fees?

The program costs for the Semester in Dublin program can be found on the Price and Dates page.

2. When are the program fees due?

Program fees for Spring Semester in Dublin are due on December 15; Fall Semester fees are due August 1. CISabroad will email invoices to students approximately one month before the program payment deadline. For example, if your payment deadline is July 15, you should expect your invoice in mid-June. If you are using financial aid, please ensure all financial aid paperwork is returned to our office by the payment deadline. If your financial aid does not cover your entire balance, CISabroad accepts these payment methods.

3. What is due with my application and when is my application due?

The application process can be broken into easy steps!

The first step is to fill out the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc. (Only takes five minutes!)

After filling out the online application, an advisor from our Global Advising Center will grant you portal access with a set of preliminary forms.

The next step is to pay the $200 application deposit in order to secure your space in the program. This amount will be applied toward the final cost. 

Within a day after submitting your deposit, you will receive a welcome email from your Program Coordinator—the person you will work with until departure. Your Program Coordinator will then give you program specific items in your portal. (Note: Both preliminary portal pieces and program specific tasks must be completed by the application deadline.)

#CISabroadTip: Contact your school’s registrar and have them send us your transcript early on in the application process (you can send us your transcript even before you’ve made the $200 deposit!) since snail mail makes this the slowest piece to submit. (We do also accept electronic OFFICIAL transcripts if your school provides them.)

For detailed instructions, see application instructions. The application deadline for Semester in Dublin can be found here.

4. Do I need a passport or visa? When should I apply for my passport/visa?

For almost all CISabroad programs, you WILL need a passport. Your passport must be valid for 6 months BEYOND the date you return to the United States. For detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens should check the State Department's Travel Site. For the Semester in Dublin program, you WILL NOT need a visa if you are a U.S. or Canadian citizen. However, you will have to register with Irish Immigration once in Ireland and there is a €300 fee associated with this registration. More specific information will be sent to you upon acceptance into the program. 

5. Is there a GPA requirement?

Yes! For the Semester in Dublin program, the GPA requirement is 3.0.

6. What are my housing options? 

Semester in Dublin offers apartment-style housing located a short walk from campus. 

7. Will other students participate in the program with me? How many?

CISabroad programs are not only a great way to meet local and international students, but also students from around the United States. Program size varies each year - if enrollment size is important to you, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

8. How many credits are offered in the program?

For the Semester in Dublin program, you will enroll in 4-5 courses (12-15 U.S. Credits). For more details, go here.

9. Can I combine this program with another CISabroad program like intern, summer, or semester abroad?

Yes! A great way to extend your CISabroad experience is participating in another program. Combine semester programs to create a full academic year or if an academic year is just a little too long and a semester is too short, combine a semester and summer session or a semester and January term program. You can also participate in a semester abroad and combine that with a summer intern abroad. To find out more information on the application process for more than one CISabroad program, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

Term: Fall 2017
Arrival September 10
CISabroad Orientation Sept 11 - 15
Classes Start September 18
Classes End December 9
Departure December 9
Application Deadline Late May
Term: Spring 2017
Arrival January 25
CISabroad Orientation January 26 - 27
Classes Start February 1
Classes End April 23
Departure May 22
Application Deadline November 1
Term: Fall 2017 Price: $15,590
Term: Spring 2017 Price: $15,590

Dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

To view expected additional expenses for this program, click here.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following: 

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Accommodation
  • 4 Cultural Excursions Across Ireland
  • Academic advising
  • Medical and accident insurance 
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program 
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements 
  • Predeparture orientation
  • Airport pickup 
  • On-site support 
  • Student Union fee
  • DCU Gym Membership
  • Dublin City University official transcript
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide

CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities