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Why Dublin?

Dublin will enchant you. Rich in culture and pride, half the population of this vibrant, modern city is under the age of 25. Come experience a world-class art and music scene in this city known for its literature and famous writers, such as George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, and Samuel Beckett.

What You'll Study

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 a part-time internship or service learning placement to complement your classroom learning.

Join your professors on course-related trips around the city to expand your understanding of Irish culture and society. Previous trips have included visits to the National Museum of Ireland, the crypts of St. Michan’s Church, and a stadium tour of Croke Park – home of the Gaelic Athletic Association. You can also take a course from two of our other programs based in Dublin: The Writers Program or our Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology Program. Dublin will be your classroom. Explore the city’s well-known landmarks, such as the River Liffey, St. Stephen’s Green, 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.

Daily Life

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 the IES Abroad 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.

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$5 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.

Academics

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:

  • Irish Studies Program courses (optional, 3 credits each)
  • Courses from our Writer's 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)

Courses

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.

Anthropology
Course Name Term Language Credits
SO/AN 320 - Irish Communal Identity Fall, Spring English 3
Business Administration
Course Name Term Language Credits
CM/BS 348 - Negotiations Fall, Spring English 3
Communications
Course Name Term Language Credits
CM/BS 348 - Negotiations Fall, Spring English 3
CM/MK 345 - Digital Marketing & Communication Fall, Spring English 3
Cultural Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
CU 250 - Introduction to Irish Language and Culture Fall, Spring English 3
LT/CU 270 - Celtic Myth and Legend in Early Ireland Spring English 3
Creative Writing
Course Name Term Language Credits
LT/CW 348 - Irish Playwriting: A Creative Introduction Fall, Spring English 3
LT/CW 350 - Photo/Graphic: Shaping Visual Narratives Fall, Spring English 3
LT/CW 358 - Write Here, Write Now: An Introduction to Immersion Writing Fall, Spring English 3
Entrepreneurship
Course Name Term Language Credits
ET 334 - Globalisation & Entrepreneurship Fall, Spring English 3
History
Course Name Term Language Credits
PO/HS 360 - Northern Irish Troubles: 1969-1999 Fall, Spring English 3
International Business
Course Name Term Language Credits
IB 344 - Technology Ventures Fall, Spring English 3
Internship Seminar
Course Name Term Language Credits
IN 395 - Internship Seminar Fall, Spring English 3
Literature
Course Name Term Language Credits
LT 342 - Exploring Gothic Ireland: Fact, Fiction and Film Fall English 3
LT 354 - The Finest Music – The Craft of Irish Poetry Fall, Spring English 3
LT 356 - The Shadows That We Cast: Writing the Irish Short Story Fall, Spring English 3
LT 456 - The Shadows We Cast: Writing the Irish Short Story Fall, Spring English 3
LT/CU 270 - Celtic Myth and Legend in Early Ireland Spring English 3
LT/CW 348 - Irish Playwriting: A Creative Introduction Fall, Spring English 3
LT/CW 350 - Photo/Graphic: Shaping Visual Narratives Fall, Spring English 3
LT/CW 358 - Write Here, Write Now: An Introduction to Immersion Writing Fall, Spring English 3
Marketing
Course Name Term Language Credits
CM/MK 345 - Digital Marketing & Communication Fall, Spring English 3
Political Science
Course Name Term Language Credits
PO/HS 360 - Northern Irish Troubles: 1969-1999 Fall, Spring English 3
Service Learning
Course Name Term Language Credits
SO/SL 395 - Service Learning: Youth Engagement and Education in Ireland Fall, Spring English 3
Sociology
Course Name Term Language Credits
SO/AN 320 - Irish Communal Identity Fall, Spring English 3
SO/SL 395 - Service Learning: Youth Engagement and Education in Ireland Fall, Spring English 3

Internships

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.

  • Accounting
  • Arts Administration
  • Business 
  • Communications
  • Education Administration
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Event Management
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Media 
  • Politics
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Social Outreach
  • Technology
  • Theater

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/SL395). 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
  • Other social issues in Dublin

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.

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.

Following in the Footsteps of St. Brigid
1 Day | Spring only
Go off the beaten track to the ruins of Faughart and the town of Kildare to explore St. Brigid’s birthplace and learn the legends surrounding her as a Celtic Goddess and Christian saint.

IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and lengths of stay may vary according to term and availability.

Course-Related Trips

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 trips include: 

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

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.

Orientation

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.

Housing

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 five-bedroom apartment. You live with up to four 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

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 the following:

  • 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.

Get to Know Your New City

Take a Day Trip

Just a short train ride away are the towns of Howth, Dun Laoghaire and more. Let the explorer in you roam, and hike along the coast.

Catch a Live Performance

From traditional folk music to cutting-edge theatre, Dublin has it all. Venture to the theatre, or enjoy live music at your local pub.

Taste the Local Food

Irish stew, shepherd’s pie, boxty, and more—sink your teeth into the various fresh and delicious foods of Dublin.

Visit the Book of Kells

See this lavishly illustrated manuscript, located in the beautiful Trinity College Library.

Explore the Neighborhoods

Walk along the River Liffey, and meander through the city. Be sure to stop at Fitzwilliam Square and Merrion Square for the famous colorful painted doors.

Program Cost

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.

Term: Spring 2019
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2019 $12,460 $4,240 $230 $16,930


Term: Fall 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Fall 2018
Academic Year
$12,085
$21,740
$4,185
$8,370
$230
$455
$16,500
$30,565

Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$5 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.

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

Take a virtual tour of what it’s like to be in Dublin and what the IES Abroad Dublin Center is like!

Our Staff

Megan Markey

Center Director

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 Staff

IES Abroad Dublin Staff

Shane Fitzgerald
Internship Coordinator

Jackie Knowles
Student Affairs Coordinator

Stephen McMahon
Writers Program and Moodle Coordinator

Caitlin Myron
Interim Academic and Customized Programs Coordinator

Cristin O'Gorman
Internship Coordinator

Mairéad White
Accountant Assistant