Dublin - Writers Program


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Program Description

Earn U.S. Credits Virtually This Summer

Get ahead! Earn extra credit through a globally recognized U.S. education program this summer on our Virtual World DiscoverIES program.

Just picture it: one day you're exploring business ethics with a professor in London and the next it's Japanese pop culture from Tokyo, studying alongside classmates from the U.S.’s highest-ranked colleges and universities. This is what it's like to take a course or two (of your choosing!) from IES Abroad’s most popular centers around the world this summer.

Learn more about how you can discover the world through IES Abroad.


Why Dublin?

Writers in Ireland have used words and images to inspire, inform, persuade, and entertain for centuries—think W.B. Yeats’ celebrated lines, James Joyce’s “universal city” in Ulysses, the stage of the Abbey Theatre, and the blogs of The Irish Times. Through the study of contemporary Irish authors, as well as those of the past, this program is designed to inspire and challenge writers to elevate their skills to the next level.

What You'll Study

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 visual narratives to poetry, nonfiction, and playwriting, our courses cover a wide variety of styles and genres.

Customize your course schedule with area studies courses from our Irish Studies program (see page 52) or a writing-focused part-time internship or service-learning placement at no additional cost. Each semester, students compile an anthology of creative works. You have the option to help create the anthology through the course Homespun Sails.

Attend our four-day Writers Retreat where you focus exclusively on your writing in an environment conducive to reflection, renewal, and inquiry. The retreat takes place at an undisclosed location, revealed to you just before you embark. Though designed for independent work, the retreat also includes workshopping opportunities, site visits, and guest speakers.

Dublin will be your classroom. Inspiration abounds in this UNESCO City of Literature that writers such as Samuel Beckett, Oscar Wilde, Paula Meehan, Seamus Heaney, Edna O’Brien, and Jonathan Swift all called home. Visit the National Library of Ireland and the Ulysses Centre to explore the city’s rich literary past. See the 7th-century Book of Kells and the Long Hall Library at Trinity College Dublin. With its vibrant literary and arts scene and the abundance of eclectic bookshops and quirky cafes, Dublin is a city that caters to the bibliophile.

Daily Life

We want you to feel at home in Dublin, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in Dublin. From housing to cultural activities, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.


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 creative writing and literature through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors enhance your academic experiences and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.

You enroll in 15-19 credits per semester, and all courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise specified. Choose five to six courses per semester; all courses at IES Abroad are offered both fall and spring semesters unless otherwise noted.

Create your own academic experience by selecting from the following options:

  • Writers Program Courses (optional, 3 credits each, except for CW 270 Homespun Sails which is 1 credit)
  • Courses from our Irish Studies Program (optional, 3 credits each)
  • Courses from our Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology Program (optional, 3 credits each)
  • Internship placement and seminar (optional, 3 credits)
  • Service Learning placement and seminar (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.

  • Irish Communal Identity
  • Negotiations
  • Digital Marketing & Communication
  • Introduction to Irish Language and Culture
  • Irish Culture Through Film
  • Celtic Myth and Legend in Early Ireland
  • Homespun Sails": Anthology Production Workshop
  • Irish Playwriting: A Creative Introduction
  • Photo/Graphic: Shaping Visual Narratives
  • The Shadows We Cast: Writing the Irish Short Story
  • Write Here, Write Now: An Introduction to Immersion Writing
  • The Shadows We Cast: Writing the Irish Short Story
  • Globalization & Entrepreneurship
  • Irish Culture Through Film
  • Northern Irish Troubles: 1969-1999
  • Leading Across Cultures: Internship Seminar
  • Exploring Gothic Ireland: Fact, Fiction, and Film
  • The Finest Music – The Craft of Irish Poetry
  • Celtic Myth and Legend in Early Ireland Spring
  • Irish Playwriting: A Creative Introduction
  • Photo/Graphic: Shaping Visual Narratives
  • The Shadows We Cast: Writing the Irish Short Story
  • Write Here, Write Now: An Introduction to Immersion Writing
  • Digital Marketing & Communication
  • Youth Engagement and Education in Ireland: A Service Learning Perspective

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 (SO/SL 395). 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:

  • Creative Writing: Assist at Fighting Words, where you will help students of all ages develop their writing skills through story-telling and creative writing workshops
  • At-Risk Youth: Work with a local afterschool club where you’ll assist children with their homework and lead fun activities


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—we are always seeking out new opportunities for our students.

  • Arts & Culture
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Education Administration
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Event Management
  • Film
  • Hospitality
  • Human Resources
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Media
  • Non-Profit
  • Politics
  • Public Relations
  • Psychology
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Social Outreach
  • Technology
  • Theater

Field Trips & Events

Even though your adventure starts in Dublin, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. You share a portion of the cost with IES Abroad. Here are a few possible destinations.

Writers Retreat

4 days | Fall and Spring

Embark on a journey to a secret destination, and spend four days focused exclusively on your writing in an environment conducive to reflection, renewal, and inquiry.

Northern Ireland

3 days | Fall and Spring

Take a guided tour of Belfast, visit the Giant's Causeway (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and explore the countryside on a Game of Thrones experience tour.

Causey Farm

1 Day | Fall and Spring

Visit an open farm where you will have the chance to try Irish dancing, bake traditional Irish bread, learn to play an Irish drum called the bodhrán, and jump in a bog.

Celtic Origins of Halloween

1 Day | Fall only

Join a guided tour of historic sites around County Meath where the festival of Samhain (more commonly known today as Halloween) originated more than 2,000 years ago.

Course-Related Trips

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

Examples of possible course-related excursions trips include:

  • W.B. Yeats exhibit at National Library
  • Irish Writer's Center
  • James Joyce's Tower
  • Abbey Theatre
  • The Gate Theatre
  • Story Slam - an open mic night

Daily Life

Part of making you feel at home in Dublin is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.


The program begins with an orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Dublin staff, your fellow students, and the city of Dublin.

Our Comprehensive Orientation & Re-Entry Experience (CORE™) begins right when you arrive and continues through the semester with activities focusing on academic and cultural adjustment. Detailed information about housing, public transportation, culture, health and safety, and other important topics are also covered.

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


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 Residence - You live in a private student residence with your own bedroom and bathroom within a four or five-bedroom apartment. Live with other IES Abroad students and share a fully-equipped kitchen and living area. Mixed-gender and single-gender apartments are available. The private student residence is completely furnished and has WiFi along with other amenities. No meals are included.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

University Clubs & Events

Take advantage of the cultural events we organize in Dublin, such as the following:

  • Experience Gaelic Games
  • Traditional Irish Cultural Activity

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

  • Fighting Words - Working with children in a fun-filled, structured environment to promote creativity through writing. Volunteering is done on an ad hoc basis.
  • Busy Bees: Work with a local after-school club to help children with their homework and lead fun activities.


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.

Spring 2020

Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2020 $13,140 $4,280 $230 $17,650

Academic year

Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Academic Year $23,440 $8,440 $455 $32,335

Scholarships & Aid

Program-Specific Scholarships

John Gearen Need-Based Dublin or Developing Regions Scholarship

Up to $1,000; awarded to 2 students each year.

John Gearen, a member of the IES Abroad Board of Directors for many years and past chair of the Board for six years, is a leading real estate attorney and Rhodes Scholar who is involved in numerous philanthropic causes. Mr. Gearen has generously established this scholarship to support students who have an interest in studying on an IES Abroad Center in a developing region of the world (Argentina, Chile, China, Ecuador, Ireland, Morocco, or South Africa).

Dr. William Louis Gaines Need-Based History or International Relations Scholarship

Up to $1,875; awarded to 4-6 students each year.

This scholarship is named in honor of Dr. William Louis Gaines, President of IES Abroad from 1974-1992. Dr. Gaines was dedicated to strengthening IES Abroad's academic framework, broadening the scope of IES Abroad locations, and securing the financial foundation of the organization.

Open to students majoring in History or International Relations.

Our Center

The IES Abroad Dublin Center occupies a red-brick Victorian building that was originally a post office and has been completely renovated. The Center is walking distance from St. Stephen’s Green and Trinity College.

Features include:

  • High-speed Internet, printer, photocopier, and scanner access
  • A student lounge with study desks
  • 4 laptops and 2 desktops
  • Classrooms
  • A small library and travel planning area
Last updated May 2020

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