You won’t need the luck of the Irish to have an unforgettable study abroad experience in Dublin. By directly enrolling at the National Theatre School of Ireland-Gaiety School of Acting (NTSI-GSA), 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).

The National Theatre School of Ireland-Gaiety School of Acting specializes in conservatory acting. 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 theatre. 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!

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 housing and staff.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Dublin
  • City: Dublin
  • Country: Ireland
  • Program Credits: 15-19 per semester
  • 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 3- December 15

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

Spring 2019 - October 01, 2018


IES 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 the the Gaiety School of Acting-The National Theatre School of Ireland.

The National Theatre School of Ireland-Gaiety School of Acting

By attending NTSI-GSA, you are in good acting company: famous supporters of the school include Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Stuart Townsend, Rosaleen Linehan, Milo O’Shea, and Brenda Fricker.

The National Theatre School of Ireland-Gaiety School of Acting (NTSI-GSA) is Dublin’s premier acting school. The policy of NTSI-GSA is to train you for the theatre, film, and television industries by providing you with conservatory-like professional training taught by local acting instructors.

Joseph Dowling, the internationally recognized theatre director, founded the school in 1986. In addition to earning 3 credits through the required IES Abroad course, you earn an additional 12-16 credits by completing a set curriculum at NTSI-GSA, where you may participate in other courses with Irish and international students.


The Fall semester is a fully-integrated program, and students participate with local students. It begins with a three-week intensive IES Abroad theatre course (TH352 Soundings from the Fringes - 3 credits, see "Courses" below) that combines performance workshops with the critical study of plays. This course, which takes place before NTSI-GSA courses begin, integrates your classroom work with Dublin’s annual Fringe Festival in September. You attend several performances at the festival and participate as a volunteer. Courses at the NTSI-GSA then being when the IES Abroad course ends in early October. The NTSI-GSA courses conclude in mid-December.

The Spring semester is a partially-integrated program. Some modules are shared with local students and others are not integrated and tailored to to IES Abroad students. It begins in early January with courses at the NTSI-GSA, and an IES Abroad theatre course (TH362 Northern Exposure - 3 credits, see "Courses" below) that focuses on the theatre of Northern Ireland, running consecutively. NTSI-GSA coursework ends in late March. The IES Abroad course then continues on until mid-April, culminating in a performance project.

The academic experience at the NTSI-GSA is unique because you follow a set curriculum, which all first-year students at the school complete. However, as the standard program at the NTSI-GSA is comprised of only two years, the courses in the first-year track are equivalent to intermediate courses. A variety of topics are explored in each discipline.

You enroll in the following courses at NTSI-GSA:

  • Voice for the Stage (Fall - 4 credits; Spring - 2 credits) - (voice, singing): Concentrate on boosting awareness of habits that are hampering the free and full expression of your voice.
  • Acting (Fall - 4 credits; Spring - 2 credits) - (acting, improvisation, manifesto): Performance techniques are developed both as an individual and as part of an ensemble through the exploration of characterization and text, utilizing the emotions, imagination, and physical skills of the student.
  • Movement for the Stage (Fall - 4 credits; Spring - 2 credits) - (movement, stage combat, tai chi, dance, mime, tap): This course introduces core training in physical movement skills, enabling you to gain flexibility, strength, and coordination.
  • Theatre History, Text Analysis, Stagecraft, and Theatre Visits (Fall - 4 credits; Spring - 6 credits, including an acting performance research project)


Intensive IES Abroad theatre course:

  • Fall - TH 352 Soundings from the Fringes
  • Spring - TH 362 Northern Exposure

GSA-NTSI theatre courses (fall & spring):

  • TH PERF Acting
  • TH PERF Movement for the Stage
  • TH PERF Voice for the Stage
  • TH PERF Theatre History, Text Analysis, Stagecraft, and Theatre Visits

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.

Private Student Apartments - You will live in a private student apartment located in residential Dublin. The private student apartments are shared by three to four flat mates, and consist of a fully-equipped kitchen, two bedrooms with large fitted wardrobes, two bathrooms, and a shared living area.

The private student apartments are completely furnished and have WiFi Internet access along with other amenities. You are responsible for your own meals, and can prepare your own food at home or eat at local, inexpensive restaurants.

Private Student Residence - You will live in a private student residence, Binary Hub, in Dublin. At Binary Hub, you will be given your own private bedroom and bathroom. You will share the floor with up to four other flat mates, which consists of a fully-equipped kitchen and a shared living area.

The private student residence is completely furnished and has WiFi Internet access along with other amenities. You are responsible for your own meals, and can prepare your own food at home or eat at local, inexpensive restaurants.

Student Life


The program begins with a two-day 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.

You also take guided tours around the Center and areas of Dublin as part of your orientation.

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 will also take guided tours around the Center and areas of interest in Dublin as part of your orientation.

IES Abroad and The National Theatre School of Ireland-Gaiety School of Acting also hold a joint orientation session.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 2.75 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 2.75 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Applicants must be a major or minor in Theater Arts/Drama or have EXTENSIVE theater experience

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 prior to arrival. Please contact us for more information.


Fall 2018

  • Tuition: $13,935
  • Housing: $4,185
  • Insurance: $230
  • Total: $18,350

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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