Program Overview

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
3.0
Application Deadlines
Fall: May 15
Spring: November 1
Avg Course Load
5–6 courses (12.5–18 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English
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 friendly Global Advisor to ask questions and find the best fit program. Start planning for on campus processes, and apply by the application deadline.
  • Meet your Program Enrollment Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, and payments. Attend one our our LIVE pre-departure orientations.
  • Fly away! You'll be greeted at the airport (comforting after a long flight!) and experience a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Academics

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.

COURSE APPROVAL

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.

GPA REQUIREMENT

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.

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Business
Education
Humanities
Natural & Applied Sciences
Social Sciences
World Languages

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Art & Design
Communications
Health

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Choose Your Courses

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet in your portal.

Program Excursions

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.

Blarney Castle

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.

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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

Global Advising Team

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.

Maggie McCally
Senior Program Enrollment Coordinator - England, Ireland, Scotland, & Greece

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!

Learn more about Maggie

Sharon T. Stone
Site Director in Ireland

Travel Tip: Keep calm, cool and collected! Traveling has its challenges but, remember, challenges offer opportunities for growth! Traveling not only helps you discover new places but it helps you discover yourself. Enjoy the journey! You will find that traveling to a new place may open your eyes to a new you!

Learn more about Sharon

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Spring 2020
    Application Deadline
    November 1
    Arrival
    January 22
    Orientation
    January 23-24
    Classes Start
    January 27
    Classes End
    April 18; Break: April 21-May 4; Exams: May 5-18
    Departure
    May 19
    PRICE
    $17,190
  • Fall 2020
    Application Deadline
    May 15
    Arrival
    September 12 (Estimated)
    Departure
    December 12 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $17,190 (Estimated)

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

Program Inclusions

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
  • Accommodation
  • Cultural Excursions
  • Academic advising
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CIS Abroad 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
  • La Vida Local cultural program