Semester in Dublin
Dublin City University

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Live and study in Ireland's effortlessly cool capital.

Spend a semester (or year!) studying and living in lively Dublin, Ireland. One of Europe’s youngest capital cities, Dublin is an exceptional study abroad destination. Despite its more than 1,000,000 residents, Dublin will likely feel quaint and homey – Dublin City University will help with that, offering pubs and cafes, a game room, a supermarket, and many restaurants on campus! Want to explore Dublin city center? It’s only three miles to cobblestone streets, cozy cafes, and prolific pubs, where locals gather to enjoy a casual chat and hearty bite.

What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 5–6 courses (12.5-18 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 3.0


  • 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

Program Details

Dublin City 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

Areas of study with 3 to 7 classes available

  • Art & Design
  • Communications
  • Health

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

Areas of study which have more than 8 classes available

  • Business
  • Education
  • Humanities
  • World Languages
  • Natural & Applied Sciences

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

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.”

Fall students:

  • 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.


Class levels:

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.

Why Life in 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.

CIS Abroad 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.

Live La Vida Local

  • 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 neighborhoods of some of Ireland’s best writers. The stunning coastal village of Dalkey outside of Dublin is excellent.

Housing in Dublin


While studying at Dublin City University, students live in single rooms in apartments that house 5-6 people. All bedrooms are also supplied with a wired or wireless internet connection.

The apartment complex is located just a short walk from the University campus, a small grocery, a shopping center, and a 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.

Check out the photo gallery to see what your housing at DCU could be like. The apartment pictured is one that has been available in the past.


Apartments are equipped with kitchens so you can try your hand at cooking local favorites!

Inclusions and Amenities

  • 24-hour security
  • BathroomEnsuite
  • Desk
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • LaundryOn-site
  • Single Room
  • Study Areas

What's Included


Program fees are in U.S. 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
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • On-site support
  • Student Union fee
  • DCU Gym Membership
  • Dublin City University official transcript
  • La Vida Local cultural program

Welcome & Orientation

Upon arrival, take part in a comprehensive orientation program. Learn the “do’s and don’ts” of living in Ireland from your site director, like where to go out, how to stay safe, and where to shop. 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). Enjoy a traditional welcome meal (Ever had Coddle? Think sausages in soup!) so that you can start to taste the local flavor. Also learn the lingo – you simply must say “lovely” or “grand” every time you would ordinarily say “awesome.”

Farewell & 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.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad 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

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

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.

Site Director

Karina Tarrant Byrne
Travel Tip:

When I go to a new country I love to read about it first and get a sense of its history and culture. When I arrive I like to have a good map (not just google maps) so I can see how everything fits together. If it isn’t an English speaking country I like to have some words and phrases learned so at least it looks like I am trying to communicate without expecting them to have English.

Travel Tip:

When I go to a new country I love to read about it first and get a sense of its history and culture. When I arrive I like to have a good map (not just google maps) so I can see how everything fits together. If it isn’t an English speaking country I like to have some words and phrases learned so at least it looks like I am trying to communicate without expecting them to have English.


I was born in Ireland and lived there till I was 16 at which point my family moved to New York. My father is a baker and he was the first to bring Irish scones and soda bread to New York. I finished high school in New York and continued to college there where I completed my undergraduate degree. After my degree I returned to Ireland to complete a Masters degree. Having experienced education in different countries, a career in study abroad really appealed to me. Prior to joining CIS Abroad, I spent several years working for a different study abroad provider. In that role, I was in charge of student orientations, cultural programming, general onsite logistics and student support services. I’m excited to once again have the opportunity to introduce students and interns to Ireland, its culture and history, and its beauty.

I live in a beautiful village in Limerick called Adare. I am married to a veterinarian and have four children, 2 cats and a dog. We love the outdoors and often go hill walking in Kerry, a beautiful part of Ireland. My children are very involved in sports so we spend a lot of time going to matches and different sporting events. I love Ireland and its culture and love sharing that love with others. I am an avid reader and love the theatre.

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 text, phone call, email or personal visit—you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Hadley Byrne
Travel Tip:

When in doubt, reach out! More often than not, locals will respect and respond matching the effort that you put into communication. Practice makes perfect, and leaving your comfort zone means expanding your comfort zone!

Linda Hallbäck
Travel Tip:

Be patient with yourself and kind to those you meet along the way. Show gratitude daily, laugh often, and give thanks for the journey you are on. There will be hard days, but remember, the magic is in the journey and each day makes that journey complete. Smile!

COVID-19 Plan

COVID-19 Plan

We believe that study abroad is still possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, but certain policies and procedures will need to be in place to ensure every student can be safe and healthy during their semester abroad.

We monitor international indicators and health standards in the country and our risk management team makes decisions based on those and our own policy. We will make a decision no less than 45 days before a program starts what options are available to you and what the contingency plan is for your program. We will do all that we can to support you during this time.

Learn more about CIS Abroad’s Risk Management Team’s three step process for operating  our programs around the world and important program refund policies.

Program Suspended

This program is currently not available for the Academic Year 2020/21. Please consider other options by exploring our Open Spring 2021 Programs or consider a Virtual Internship.

Dates & Prices

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

  • Application Deadline: May 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: September 11 (Estimated)
  • Departure: December 13 (Estimated)
  • Price: $17,190
  • Application Deadline: Nov 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: January 22 (Estimated)
  • Departure: May 19 (Estimated)
  • Price: $17,190 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

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