Rich in culture and pride, modern Dublin is a vibrant city with more than half of its population under the age of 25. This colorful, cosmopolitan city is home to a world-class art scene and is known for its literature and famous writers, such as George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, and Samuel Beckett.

In this program, you learn about Irish culture through courses in the humanities and social sciences that focus on themes of tradition, change, and identity in modern Ireland. Writing and literature courses tap into the rich artistic history of Ireland, and you may also choose to participate in an internship or service learning placement to complement your classroom learning.

Dublin will also be your classroom. Explore the city’s well-known landmarks such as the River Liffey, St. Stephen’s Green, the Dublin Castle, and the Garden of Remembrance. Everything you do is part of your learning experience that helps you complete the picture of what Ireland has been through–and where it’s going.

We want you to feel at home in Dublin, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city, from internships to cultural activities. Our orientation introduces you to this beautiful capital and helps you get to know your classmates and our staff. After you’ve created a home base, field trips introduce you to other regions of the country to help you make the most out of your study abroad experience.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Dublin
  • City: Dublin
  • Country: Ireland
  • Program Credits: 15-19 per semester (5-6 courses)
  • 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
Spring 2019
  • January 8 - April 20

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

  • Spring 2019 - November 01, 2018


Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. We offer unique courses that explore Irish cultural studies and Irish history through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our Irish professors enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.

You take 15–19 credits per semester, and all courses are worth three credits unless otherwise specified.

Craft your own academic experience by selecting from the following program components:

  • IES Abroad Dublin area studies courses (optional, 3 credits)
  • Internship placement and seminar (optional, 3 credits)
  • Service learning placement and seminar (optional, 3 credits)
  • Writer's Program courses (optional, 3 credits)
  • Entrepreneurship & Technology Program courses (optional, 3 credits)


This is a list of planned course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in your MyIESabroad account.


SO/AN 320 - Irish Communal Identity (Fall, Spring)

Business Administration

CM/BS 348 - Negotiations (Fall, Spring)


  • CM/BS 348 - Negotiations (Fall, Spring)
  • CM/MK 345 - Digital Marketing & Communication (Fall, Spring)

Cultural Studies

  • CU 250 - Introduction to Irish Language and Culture (Fall, Spring)
  • LT/CU 270 - Celtic Myth and Legend in Early Ireland (Fall)

Creative Writing

  • LT/CW 350 - Photo/Graphic: Shaping Visual Narratives (Fall, Spring)
  • LT/CW 358 - Write Here, Write Now: An Introduction to Immersion Writing (Fall, Spring)


ET 334 - Globalisation & Entrepreneurship (Fall, Spring)


PO/HS 360 - Northern Irish Troubles: 1969-1999 (Fall, Spring)

International Business

IB 344 - Technology Ventures (Fall, Spring)

Internship Seminar

IN 395 - Internship Seminar (Fall, Spring)


  • LT 342 - Exploring Gothic Ireland: Fact, Fiction and Film (Spring)
  • LT 356 - The Shadows That We Cast: Writing the Irish Short Story (Fall, Spring)
  • LT 456 - The Shadows We Cast: Writing the Irish Short Story (Fall, Spring)
  • LT/CU 270 - Celtic Myth and Legend in Early Ireland (Fall)
  • LT/CW 350 - Photo/Graphic: Shaping Visual Narratives (Fall, Spring)
  • LT/CW 358 - Write Here, Write Now: An Introduction to Immersion Writing (Fall, Spring)


CM/MK 345 - Digital Marketing & Communication (Fall, Spring)

Political Science

PO/HS 360 - Northern Irish Troubles: 1969-1999 (Fall, Spring)

Service Learning

SO/SL 395 - Service Learning: Youth Engagement and Education in Ireland (Fall, Spring)


  • SO/AN 320 - Irish Communal Identity (Fall, Spring)
  • SO/SL 395 - Service Learning: Youth Engagement and Education in Ireland (Fall, Spring)

Service Learning

Participating in a service learning experience in Dublin is one of the best ways to gain a deeper understanding of the city’s culture and society. Working alongside local people towards a common goal, you experience first-hand some of the social issues that affect Dublin, while contributing your skills towards a community-driven solution.

A service learning experience consists of time spent with a local organization, accompanied by a weekly academic, for-credit service learning seminar. Through the seminar, you have structured time for reflection and discussion, and even research, about the issues of your host community.

Possible placements may include organizations focusing on:

  • Advocacy for the disabled
  • Community health
  • At-risk youth
  • Other social issues unique to Dublin

Course-Related Excursions

IES Abroad Dublin organizes course-related excursions that complement your courses and help you build your general knowledge of Irish culture and society.

Past course-related excursions have included visits to:

  • National Museum of Ireland
  • Smithfield and the Markets Area of Dublin
  • Dublin’s Liberties area and Medieval Dublin
  • Crypts of St Michan’s Church
  • Belfast
  • Dublin’s famous theatres
  • The Abbey and The Gate
  • Croak Park for a stadium tour


Interning while you study in Dublin gives you a rewarding job experience with a wealth of long-lasting career benefits. You will:

  • Gain a better understanding of the real-life, everyday culture of your host country
  • Add global work experience and skills to your résumé or your application for graduate school
  • Improve your confidence

All of our internships are supervised and earn IES Abroad credit. You participate in a 3-credit seminar to complement the practical experience you gain during the internship.

Personalized Placements

Once you indicate your interest in an internship, we work with you to find the ideal internship placement that fulfills your academic and career goals. We’ve placed students with a wide variety of organizations and businesses. If we don’t currently work with a business or organization in your field of interest, we will search for a placement that’s right for you.

Placement Examples

Past students have interned in the following fields. Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Abroad Advisor—new internships are always being added.

  • Accounting
  • Arts Administration
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Education Administration
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Event Management
  • Finance
  • Human Resource
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Media & Publishing
  • Politics
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Social Outreach
  • Technology
  • Theatre


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.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Redefine the way you live and learn in Dublin through our cultural events, such as:

  • Visiting the Causey Farm where you can try hurling, sheep herding, and Irish dancing
  • Enjoying the Fringe Fest and Theatre Festival, a two-month-long festival complete with theatre performances and street performances (fall)
  • Attending the Bulmers International Comedy Festival (fall)
  • Attending the Dublin International Film Festival (spring)
  • Watching GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) matches such as Hurling and Gaelic Football (spring)
  • Attending an international or provincial rugby match (spring)
  • Celebrating the St. Patrick’s Festival (spring)

IES Abroad Dublin also organizes volunteer opportunities that complement our courses and contribute to a general knowledge of Irish culture and society. Volunteer experiences include:

  • Volunteer at Solas Project, either working weekly with school children to support them with their homework and/or reading skills, or with refugees helping them with their English language skills.
  • Volunteer at Fighting Words, working with children in a fun-filled, structured environment to promote creativity through writing. Volunteering is done on an ad hoc basis.
  • Work with the Fringe Theatre Festival distributing tickets, ushering, or helping back stage. You’ll get to see free shows during this three-week festival. (fall only)
  • Lend a helping hand at the Dublin Film Festival by passing out tickets, answering queries, or assisting with administration during this 10-day festival in February. (spring only)
  • Volunteer at Foróige, a teen youth club, organizing activities to promote empowerment of youth in local communities. Activities include film nights, cake sales, football clubs, and more.

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)
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior standing when program begins. Some local university courses may not be available to sophomore standing. Please contact your IES Abroad Representative for more details.

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.


Fall 2018

  • Tuition: $12,085
  • Housing: $4,185
  • Insurance: $230
  • Total: $16,500

Academic Year

  • Tuition: $21,740
  • Housing: $8,370
  • Insurance: $455
  • Total: $30,565

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.

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  • English
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