You won’t need the luck of the Irish to have an unforgettable study abroad experience in Dublin. By directly enrolling at Dublin City University (DCU), you’ll have the joy of befriending the Irish, who are known for their hospitality. You’ll feel more at home knowing that Dublin has a young population (more than half of the city is under 25). Dublin rewards the independent spirit with a diverse culture and a wide range of educational opportunities.

Dublin City University (DCU) offers a wide variety of challenging courses. This program appeals primarily to those students who are ready for the challenge of adapting to an entirely new academic culture that requires significant independent work. Dublin will also be your classroom. Take in an Irish play at Abbey Theatre, the country’s national theater. Learn about Dublin’s history by exploring Dublin Castle which was built in 1204. Visit Trinity College Dublin to see The 7th Century Book of Kells, a masterful example of an illuminated manuscript, that is housed in its own climate-controlled archive in the university’s old library.

Welcome to study abroad! We want you to feel at home in Dublin, so we will do everything we can to help you integrate into life in Dublin. Enrolling directly in an Irish institution through IES Abroad provides you with a chance to sample the local academic culture while still benefiting from the support of IES Abroad staff and housing.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Dublin
  • City: Dublin
  • Country: Ireland
  • Program Credits: 15-19 per semester (Spring & Academic Year only)
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Language Prerequisites: None

Program Dates

After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.

Fall 2018

  • September 14 - May 21 (Academic Year only)

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

  • Fall 2018 - May 15, 2018
  • Spring 2019 - November 01, 2018


ES Abroad’s mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. That is why we partnered with Dublin City University.

Dublin City University (DCU)

Founded in 1980, Dublin City University (DCU) has made its mark as a leader in Ireland’s educational system. Ireland’s Sunday Times named DCU University of the Year for 2010. It hosts approximately 10,000 students and boasts a number of research centers which collaborate with domestic and international universities. The Helix, Ireland’s largest art center, is based on campus. DCU’s main objective is to provide a lively educational and social environment while encouraging a holistic approach to student development.


DCU courses are worth 5 ECTS credits each (2.5 IES Abroad credits); the conversion is 1 IES Abroad credit for every 2 ECTS credits. You register for 15-19 IES Abroad credits. Most modules are linked to a complete course information online. Lab courses are not available to visiting students, including IES Abroad students. Course codes are as follows:

  • Humanities (HMSAO)
  • Business (BSSAO)
  • Engineering and Computing (ECSAO)
  • Science and Health (SHSAO)

Courses are available in the following departments:

  • DCU Business School
  • Faculty of Engineering and Computing
  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Science and Health

Advising & Support

In a direct enrollment program, you are enrolled as a full-time student at one of our international partner institutions. Even though your local host institution is where you’ll take your classes, we’re still here to fully support you.


Choosing and directly enrolling in courses abroad can be confusing and overwhelming. This is why we offer you predeparture advising that’s specific to your needs. Our goal is to provide support and guidance throughout your application and enrollment process. But our advising services don’t stop there. While you’re in Dublin, our local staff is available to help you transition into your new home.


The support services we offer IES Abroad direct enrollment students are specifically designed to help you achieve your study abroad goals as effectively and smoothly as possible. We know studying abroad is an adventure, and, at times, you may need help or just someone to talk to—that’s why our staff will be there for you.

On-Site Staff

As an IES Abroad student directly enrolled at a local university in Dublin, you have access to on-site IES Abroad staff who are specifically dedicated to your needs. Our on-site staff work with you and your local institution to answer any questions about academic requirements, housing, or wellbeing and safety.


We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Dublin, it will feel like home.

Student Apartments - You will live in Dublin City University's apartments with local students. The apartment suites are fully furnished and have fully-equipped kitchens. Each unit offers a wired Internet connection in all bedroom and common areas.You will have your own private bedroom and share the unit with up to three roommates who may be of mixed gender. However, you will be able to indicate on your IES Abroad Housing Form if you have any accommodation requirements about this. Meal plans are not included.

Student Life

Orientation When you arrive in Dublin, you participate in an orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Dublin staff, your fellow students, and the city of Dublin. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered during this time. Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home. You also participate in DCU's orientation program for international students.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events University Clubs & Events

While you’re in Dublin, joining a social or sports club is a great way to meet local students. DCU offers many clubs and societies to help you integrate into the local campus culture, including everything from Astronomy Club to Ultimate Frisbee.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 3.0 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 3.0 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)

Passport & Visa Requirements

A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required. U.S. citizens in possession of a valid passport do not need to obtain a visa to enter or study in Ireland. Non-U.S. citizens may be required to obtain a student visa before arrival. Please contact us for more information.


Fall 2018 Academic Year

  • Tuition: $21,380
  • Housing: $7,965
  • Insurance: $455
  • Total: $29,800

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Program taught in:
  • English
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