Summer in Dublin

Start your summer in the Celtic capital

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 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. You can even go to the Dublin Pride Parade like the Summer in Dublin students below!

What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 2 courses (6 US credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5


  • 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

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 8 or more classes available

  • Photography
  • Photography
  • Communications & Media Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Journalism (Print & Digital)
  • TV & Radio Broadcasting & Production
  • TV & Radio Broadcasting & Production

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

Summer in Dublin students will take two classes each.  Classes are valued at 5 ECTS credits each, typically received as 3 US credits per class, and all students will take both classes.  There is a chance that 5 ECTS credits can be received by a US institution as 2.5 US credits.

Your two-class schedule will consist of the following two classes.  Please make sure to approve both classes with your home school advisors!

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.

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

See the DCU website for more information on course content and field trips.

*Field Trip schedule is subject to change at any stage.

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.

What's Included


Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Accommodation
  • 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
  • The Local Life cultural program

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.
Belfast City and Peace Wall

Belfast City and Peace Wall

Full weekend excursion

This is a great opportunity to see a cosmopolitan city with a rich history of political conflict.  We will partake on a Black Cab tour which will bring us from east to west, north to south taking in both sides of the community and how they depicted their war efforts through amazingly detailed murals. The Wall separates the Loyalist/Unionist/Protestant community of Shankill Road from the Nationalist/Republican/Catholic population of Falls Road. We may also visit Queen’s University and the Botanic Gardensand, the Ulster Museum and the Titanic Museum. 


Cliffs of Moher & Inis Oirr

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!

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.

Your Support Staff

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Global Advising

Our advising team will help match you with a program that fits your academic and personal needs. Once you have selected your program our advisor will help you complete your Online Application.

Program Enrollment

Once you’ve started your application and submitted the $90 deposit, you’ll be assigned a program enrollment coordinator who will guide you through the enrollment process to get you abroad!

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.

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.

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Program Suspended

This program is currently not available for the Academic Year 2021/22. Please consider other options by exploring our Open Semester Programs in 2022, Open January Programs in 2022, or consider a Virtual Internship.

We monitor international indicators and health standards in the country where we operate and our risk management team makes decisions based on those factors and our own policy. We will reopen programs as we are able.

Dates & Prices

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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.