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.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
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 create your own academic experience by selecting from the following required and optional program components:
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.
Interning abroad as part of your study abroad experience will help distinguish your application for graduate school or a job opportunity in today’s competitive market. It’s an exhilarating challenge, and we’re here to help guide you in securing your placement and succeeding in your internship.
Participating in an internship abroad helps you:
All of our internships are supervised and earn IES Abroad credit. You participate in a seminar to complement the practical experience you gain during the internship.
Placement ExamplesPast 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.
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:
IES 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 include:
Three to five IES Abroad students share an apartment that consists of a kitchen, two or three bedrooms, and a common area. Student apartments are completely furnished and include wireless Internet access. The apartments are located in various residential areas of central Dublin. Meals are not included.
Part of making you feel at home in Dublin is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it’s the orientation program that prepares you for what’s ahead, your 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 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.
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 take guided tours around the Center and areas of Dublin as part of your orientation.
Even though your adventure starts in Dublin, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of Ireland. (These trips are partially subsidized by IES Abroad.) Here are a few possible destinations:
3 days | Fall & Spring
Take a famous “Black Cab Tour” of Belfast and visit Dunluce Castle, Bushmills Distillery, and the Giant’s Causeway, a World Heritage site.
Writer's Retreat in County Louth
3 days | Fall and Spring
With the backdrop of the Cooley Mountains, you will have the opportunity to focus exclusively on your writing in an environment conducive to reflection, renewal and inquiry.
1 day | Fall & Spring
Visit an open farm where you will have the chance to try out Irish dancing, bake traditional Irish bread, play hurling (Ireland’s national sport), and visit a bog.
1 day | Fall & SpringHike in Howth Head, a lovely seaside fishing village in North County Dublin.
Experience Gaelic Games
1 day | Fall and/or Spring
Take a few hours to learn about Ireland's national sports, Gaelic football, hurling, and handball.
About the 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.
Megan Markey earned an MBA in Education Management from the Institute of Education, University of London and a Masters in Sociology from University College Dublin. Employed by IES Abroad since 2004, Megan teaches our service learning seminar, Service Learning: Youth Engagement and Education in Ireland. She has also taught qualitative research for the Sociology Department at University College Dublin. Megan was the Assistant Director of the Dublin Center from 2010-2014 and became the Center Director in 2015.
IES Abroad Dublin Staff
Chris Corcoran Internship Coordinator
Regina Fitzpatrick Academic Coordinator
Jackie KnowlesStudent Affairs Coordinator
Stephen McMahon Center Moodle Administrator and Writer's Program Coordinator
Mairéad WhiteAccountant Assistant
What is it really like to live in Dublin? Check out our virtual tour of all the places you’ll come to know and love when you study abroad there—GO!