The celebrated lines of W.B. Yeats, the creation of James Joyce’s “universal city” in Ulysses, the stage of the Abbey Theatre, the blogs of The Irish Times—writers in Ireland have used words and images to inspire, inform, persuade, and entertain their readers for centuries. As they moved into the digital age, writers reached larger and more diverse audiences through platforms that did not exist even a decade ago.

Through the study of contemporary Irish authors, as well as those of the past, our Writer’s Program is designed to inspire and challenge writers to elevate their skills to the next level.

Whether you approach writing as a future vocation or as a creative outlet, our courses help you discover and explore your voice and hone your craft. From short story writing and the graphic novel to digital communication and writing for the screen, our courses cover a wide variety of styles and genres. Choose from a range of writing-related courses, Irish studies courses, or an internship or service learning placement to create your 15-credit program.

Participating in a writing-focused internship or service learning placement and accompanying seminar is a unique way to apply what you’re learning in your writing classes within a real-world setting. Each semester, an anthology of all types of student work will be compiled, and you'll also have the option of reading it in front of an audience.

Dublin will also be your classroom. Inspiration abounds in this city that writers such as Samuel Beckett, Oscar Wilde, Seamus Heaney, and Jonathan Swift called home. Visit the Dublin Writers Museum and James Joyce Cultural Centre to explore the city’s rich literary past, and don’t miss seeing the 7th century Book of Kells housed in Trinity College Dublin. Does it get much better for a writer?

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 housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Dublin
  • City: Dublin
  • Country: Ireland
  • Program Credits: 15-19 credits (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

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 across many writing genres. All IES Abroad courses are taught by Irish and international faculty, and are designed to offer you a unique academic experience, combining the traditions of your home campus with the best of the Irish university system. You take 15–19 credits per semester, and you create your own academic experience by selecting from the following required and optional program components:

  • IES Abroad Writing courses. Please note that all courses are 3 credits each except for CW 270 Homespun Sails which is 1 credit.
    • CW/LT 350 Photo/Graphic: Shaping Visual Narratives
    • LT 456 The Shadows that We Cast: Writing the Irish Short Story
    • CW/LT 358 Write Here, Write Now: An Introduction to Immersion Writing
    • MK/CM 345 Digital Marketing & Communication
    • CW 270 Homespun Sails
  • Writing-related Internship or Service Learning placement and seminar (3 credits)
  • Area studies courses from our Irish Studies Program or Entrepreneuship & Technology Program (3 credits each)


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

  • CW 270 - "Homespun Sails": Anthology Production Workshop (Fall, Spring)
  • 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 firsthand 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, on the issues of your host community. Possible placements may include organizations focusing on:

  • Education and creative writing for kids
  • Advocacy for the disabled
  • Community health
  • At-risk youth

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:

  • W.B. Yeats exhibit at National Library
  • Irish Writer's Center
  • James Joyce's Tower
  • Abbey Theatre
  • The Gate Theatre
  • RTE, Ireland's national television and radio broadcaster
  • Historical walking tour of Dublin


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

Orientation 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.

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 organizes volunteer opportunities that complement our courses and contribute to a general knowledge of Irish culture and society. Volunteer experiences include the following:

  • Volunteer at Solas Project, working weekly with at-risk school children with their homework and supervising their activity time.
  • 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.
  • 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: $13,930
  • Housing: $4,185
  • Insurance: $230
  • Total: $18,345

Academic Year

  • Tuition: $25,060
  • Housing: $8,370
  • Insurance: $455
  • Total: $33,885

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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