Spend a semester (or year!) studying and living in lively Dublin, Ireland. One of Europe’s youngest (and coolest) capital cities, Dublin is an exceptional study abroad destination. Despite its more than one million residents, Dublin will likely feel quaint and homey – and your base at Dublin City University will certainly help with that. On campus there are pubs and cafes, a game room, a supermarket, and even seven restaurants that offer affordable and healthy options! Plus, the university offers hundreds of student clubs and activities for all interests, making it easy to meet local Irish and other international students. You don’t have to venture far off the centrally located campus – just three miles to the true city center – to wander into the best of Dublin, between its cobblestone streets, cozy cafes, and abundant pubs, where locals gather to enjoy a casual chat and hearty bite.
- GPA Requirement
- Application Deadlines
- Fall: May 15
Spring: November 1
- Avg Course Load
- 5–6 courses (12.5–18 US credits)
- Language(s) of Instruction
Key Program Highlights
- One of Ireland's youngest and most progressive universities
- Take advantage of Dublin's many festivals, gigs, and concerts
- Study opportunities with both Irish and international students
- Numerous social events, activities, and cultural excursions throughout the program
- Diverse course offerings, including technology, computer science, and STEM
- Beautiful campus with great on-site facilities
Your Journey Begins Here
Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.
Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.
Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.
WHY THIS UNIVERSITY?
Founded in 1975, Dublin City University (DCU) is one of Ireland’s youngest and most progressive universities. DCU is located 20 minutes outside of Dublin city center. As a result, you’ll enjoy a perfect blend of academic focus and cultural exploration. DCU’s student body of over 10,000 includes many international students. You’ll certainly meet new Irish and international friends who will help introduce you to the real Dublin.
DCU’s academic system closely aligns with universities in the US. Your transition abroad will be seamless, allowing you to focus on academics and on immersion in Irish culture. DCU’s facilities are in a class of their own. You’ll find television and sound studios, computer labs and networking facilities, state-of-the-art science labs, and graphic design facilities. And that’s just academics! Spend some free time at the student union, campus cafés, a pool, and even a rock-climbing wall. Furthermore, you can join over 100 student activities on campus.
Accreditation(s): Department of Education and Skills, Ireland; AACSB-Accredited
How to Choose Your Courses
Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page. Once you’ve decided which courses you want to take, fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.
Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.
If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.
Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.
Semester in Dublin is housed at Dublin City University (DCU). The subject areas at DCU are divided into five “streams”: HMSAO (Humanities), BSSAO (Business), ECSAO (Engineering), SHSAO (Science and Health), and IESAO (Education). You will notice on the International Office Module or Class Choice Website that even within these given streams, there is tons of variety in terms of the subjects you can study – BSSAO is not just Business, for instance!
It is important to know, however, that you must pick one of the streams to enroll in, and to only choose courses from that single stream.
Do make sure that you are choosing classes from the list of modules for the proper term as well. Fall semester is “Semester 1,” and Spring semester is “Semester 2.”
- Make sure to avoid full year courses. When you look at the fall courses for your choice of stream, avoid course with a “0” in the “Semester” column of the module list.
- Make sure to take courses that are 100% Continuous Assessment, which is indicated by a 100% in the “CA%” column on the Semester 1 module list for your chosen stream. In 100% CA classes, your grade is based on your performance throughout the term, rather than on a final exam grade. The DCU finals are actually scheduled in January after you return home, so you want to make sure that 0% of your grade is dependent on that final exam!
- Math courses are not offered to study abroad students during the fall semester program.
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. We recommend choosing twice as many classes as you will actually be taking during your term abroad, and approving all of them with your academic advisor before you depart.
If you need a course description for your modules, click on the blue course title on the module list on that International Office Module or Class Choice Website.
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.
IMPORTANT: 5 ECTS credits can be received as 3 or 2.5 US credits, depending on the home university’s policy. It is the responsibility of the student to confirm with their home school advisor how many credits their classes will be awarded, and to maintain full-time status in the eyes of their home school.
Life in Dublin
Welcome and Orientation
Upon arrival you’ll take part in comprehensive orientation program. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of living in Ireland. Where to go out, how to stay safe, where to shop are just a few of questions that will be answered by our staff. They’ll also give you tips on how to blend in like a “Culchie” (anyone born outside of Dublin) or a “Jack” or “Jackeen” (anyone born in Dublin). Oh, and we’ll throw in a welcome meal, something traditional and yummy (Ever had Coddle? Think sausages in soup!) so that you can start to taste the local flavor. We’ll also teach you the lingo: you must say ‘lovely’ or ‘grand’ every time you would ordinarily say ‘awesome.’
Farewell and Re-entry Program
Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights and, yep, we’ll feed you again as part of our farewell to Ireland and the “Cead Mile Failte” (Hundred Thousand Welcomes) you received.
While studying at Dublin City University, you’ll live in apartment-style housing, located just a short walk from the University campus.
- 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 or wireless internet connection.
- The apartment complex has on-site, coin-operated laundry facilities, a small grocery, 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 the apartment complex. For those who want to explore the city, Dublin city centre is only a short ride away.
- Food Festivals: Ireland has undergone a food revolution in the last twenty years. Try out the Farmers’ markets where you get the best meat, cheese, milk, butter, yoghurt and juices.
- Ceili: Men and women of all ages love to dance in Ireland. When you go to a Ceili the adrenaline goes up a notch as people dance to old ‘reels.’ Try out the ‘Siege of Ennis’ dance for the greatest workout you will ever have.
- Hurling and Gaelic Football: Yes Ireland has two sports of its own. Go to both and you will not be disappointed.
- Greyhound Racing: While it is said that the locals live by the three “H’s”: Hounds, Horses and Hurling, dog racing is loved by everyone. At the races you’ll meet country people, Sikhs and Chinese plus other communities (all three communities love racing and gambling) and soak up an authentic experience.
- Writers’ Tour: For less than €10, you can experience the lives and neghbourhoods of some of Ireland’s best writers. The stunning coastal village of Dalkey outside of Dublin is excellent.
More About Dublin
For the largest city in Ireland, Dublin often feels like a small town with a big heart. Divided by the River Liffey, Dublin is indeed the cultural and commercial capital of the country. The city is also becoming a cultural center of Europe, and economic prosperity has attracted people from across the globe. Young people have flocked to the city; half of the population of “Dubs” is under 30 years old.
Despite the city's newfound multiculturalism, you'll still find the quintessential Irish experience you're seeking. On every corner, you can stroll into dusty, bustling pubs where musicians croon time-honored classics. The Irish aren’t stingy with their cultural treasures, and they love sharing a "chin-wag" (friendly conversation) with a perfect stranger. The resulting blend of old and new creates a vibrant atmosphere.
CISabroad students studying or interning in Dublin are spoiled for choice when it comes to activities. You can spend the day reading Oscar Wilde on St. Stephen’s Green or try your hand at hurling. Visit fantastic museums (most of which are free) or window shop on Grafton St. Take in an All-Ireland Gaelic Football Final at Croke Park or criss cross the many bridges over the River Liffey. Come evening, explore the Temple Bar area or seek out the best traditional music. Once you have a Leap Card, Dublin's public transportation is easy to navigate.
Look forward to meeting your new friends at The Spire and delving into everything Dublin offers. You're going to love your Irish home.
While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.
Yes, you must kiss the Blarney Stone, but then head to the best part of the whole experience: the stunning park surrounding the castle. Visit the Fern Garden and be whisked to a semi-tropical paradise. End the day at the Jameson Distillery just down the road, where you'll learn how the Irish gave whiskey to a grateful world.
The Coast Road
This drive north of Belfast, skirting the stupendously beautiful Glens of Antrim, takes you to the Giants Causeway, where there’s a spectacular view of Scotland and Rathlin Island. Stop off in the town of Ballycastle for top-notch traditional Irish music. You'll learn about the legend of the King of Scotland, hiding out on Rathlin Island, who vowed to return to his homeland and reclaim his throne.
Belfast's Peace Wall
Peer into one of the most socially divided societies in Western Europe. The Wall separates the Loyalist/Unionist/Protestant community of Shankill Road from the Nationalist/Republican/Catholic population of Falls Road. They’re located only 250 yards from each other, but they're politically worlds apart.
Your Support Staff
Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.
Travel Tip: Forgive yourself for not always knowing exactly what to do in a new place; if you’re humble, people will be happy to nudge you in the right direction. And always have a deck of cards in your backpack!
Travel Tip: Spend as much time outside of Dublin as in. If heading to the west coast visit Sligo and Donegal. They’re stunning. In the South check out Tipperary and the Viking-founded town of Wexford. Travel tip: Pack your bags then take out half the contents.
Application DeadlineMay 15ArrivalSeptember 7 (Estimated)DepartureDecember 8 (Estimated)PRICE$16,990
Application DeadlineNovember 1ArrivalJanuary 22 (Estimated)DepartureMay 20 (Estimated)PRICE$16,890 (Estimated)
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
Add on even more adventure with CISabroad’s Explore Europe Weekends – for only $490! Travel to Paris or Athens during your semester program and meet up with other CISabroad participants. Our trusted CISabroad site directors will show you the most famous excursions as well as how to truly live La Vida Local. Your all-inclusive Explore Europe Weekend package includes travel around the city, accommodations, and entertainment – an incredible value for $490.
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:
- Full-time tuition and fees
- Cultural Excursions
- 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
- NYTimes Digital Subscription
- La Vida Local cultural program