The cobblestone streets of Ireland’s capital await you on our Summer in Dublin program. You’ll have the chance to dive deep into the Emerald Isle, from visiting national museums to experiencing the past at old castles and UNESCO world heritage sites. Four weeks at modern Dublin City University will fly by as you learn about Irish culture, journalism, media, and innovation inside and outside the classroom. Embrace the Irish music and enjoy your month in this charming European city.
- GPA Requirement
- Application Deadlines
- Avg Course Load
- 2 courses (6 US credits)
- Language(s) of Instruction
Key Program Highlights
- One of Ireland's most progressive universities in the nation’s capital.
- Beautiful, historical campus with great on-site facilities near downtown Dublin
- Course offerings from a uniquely Irish and European perspective
- Study opportunities with both Irish and international students
- Six credits in four weeks with numerous field trips
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.
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.
Dormitories at St. Patrick’s campus, just north of downtown Dublin and walking distance from the National Botanic Gardens. Courses will be taught at All Hallows campus, a few short minutes from the St. Patrick’s dormitories. All Hallows is a recent addition to DCU’s campuses, and boasts incredible architecture for you to admire during your time away! A gorgeous setting for your summer in Dublin. Optional meals.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Shared kitchen stocked with basic crockery
- Private bedroom
- Sheets and towel provided
- Optional meal plan
- 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 excursions. This program includes one day excursion as well as a city tour. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.
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.
Cliffs of Moher & Inis Oirr
On this excursion you'll find yourself exploring this island for half a day, jumping from the popular Plassey shipwreck to the historic remails of a hill fort. Next, take a ferry back across to the mainland to wander the iconic Cliffs of Moher. But watch out, while taking in this view beware that the winds can be swift-- don't get swept away!
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.
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.
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 and 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.
Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.
Students choose 2 courses for a total of 6 U.S. credits. We recommend approving a total of three classes at your home school, just in case!
Ireland: Politics, Society, and Culture:
The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the politics, society and culture of contemporary Ireland, placing this in historical context. The students will engage with modern Ireland (north and south) through a combination of workshops, guest presentations by specialists, field trips and the reading of primary and secondary sources. The students will demonstrate their understanding of key issues and trends through the completion of journal consisting of regular entries on key issues and a summative reflective statement.
Previous classes have visited: Kilmainham Jail and museum, Islandbridge Memorial Gardens,Glasnevin Cemetery and interpretative centre, Dail Eireann – the Irish parliament, Croke Park Museum, Theatre Trip – normally to the national theatre, The Abbey, Northern Ireland
Mobile and Social Journalism
This course concentrates on two emerging aspects of digital journalism: mobile journalism (MoJo) and social media. Students will learn how to gather, edit and file news content via their smartphones. They will be encouraged to produce content that is suitable for sharing via social media. They will also learn how to curate social media on platforms such as Storify, how to use social media as a platform for publishing news, for branding, research, as a verification tool and as a news source. The course aims to equip students with the skills required in multi-platform newsrooms and to meet the challenges of a news environment in which consumers are using their phones to access news and to share it via social media.
Previous classes have visited: Hugh Lane Gallery – 1916 commemorative exhibitions, Gallery of Photography, Temple Bar, Irish Film Institute, Irish Times Offices, Irish Print Museum, Glasnevin Cemetery and interpretative centre, Ardmore Film Studios
Media in Irish Society
This module offers undergraduates an introduction to theory and practice in Communications, Media and Journalism. Students will receive a basic grounding in the history, development and trends in media, journalism and culture industries and Media Production Practice by producing a media artifact – print/social media, radio, film or photography.
Previous classes have visited: Hugh Lane Gallery, Gallery of Photography, Temple Bar, Irish Film Institute, Irish Times Offices, Irish Print Museum, Glasnevin Cemetery and interpretative centre, Ardmore Film Studios
This module introduces some of the key issues and seminal literature about innovation and product/process design. The course provides students with an opportunity to explore the various factors which affect the widespread adoption of an innovation to market. The module studies the various types of innovation; studying the effects of breakthrough products and incremental innovations on the market and market players. Focus will be both on the start-up climate and organisational innovation and examine the key strengths of each in a technological-driven market. Lastly the module will examine the need for customer- centricity in the innovation process and students will explore and apply techniques relating to lead-user design in conceptualising new products.
Special areas of focus include:
- Diffusion of innovation – Adoption, factors affecting, crossing the chasm, innovators dilemma, laggards.
- Types of innovation – Breakthrough, incremental, marketing, organisational, product, process, architectural, platform
- Customer-centricity – consumer behavior, spending trends, forecasting, market research, lead-user design, affective reasoning
Introduces key issues and seminal literature about innovation and product/process design. Explore factors which affect widespread adoption of an innovation to market. Study the types of innovation; the effects of breakthrough products and incremental innovations on the market and market players. Focus on the start-up climate and organisational innovation. Examine the need for customer centricity in the innovation process and techniques for lead-user design in new product conceptualisation.
See the DCU website for more information on course content and field trips.
*Field Trip schedule is subject to change at any stage.
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
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Program SupportMeet Our Staff
Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.
Robust Advising Center
Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.
Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators
Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.
Experienced On-site Staff
From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.
Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.
Your Support Staff
Global Advising Team
Program Coordinator - England, Ireland, Scotland, Greece, British Isles, Celtic Culture, European Experience
Site Director in Ireland
Application DeadlineMarch 15ArrivalJune 3OrientationJune 4Classes StartJune 5Classes EndJune 29DepartureJune 30PRICE$5,990 - $6,590
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:
- 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