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Why Dublin?

Over the course of the summer, you will come to know Dublin's winding streets and unique charm through a variety of culturally enriching opportunities.

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

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$4 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 more than $4 million each year to our financial aid programs.


Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad experience possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.

Designed for theatre students seeking an intensive, practical approach to performance, this program lets you immerse yourself in a conservatory-style acting program. All courses are required and are taught at The National Theatre School of Ireland-Gaiety School of Acting (NTSI-GSA) and IES Abroad.

Watch a short clip of IES Abroad Dublin students sharing what they love about attending NTSI-GSA.

Important note: A core value espoused by The National Theatre School of Ireland-Gaiety School of Acting is ensemble. This program is physically and emotionally demanding and all students participate fully in all aspects of the training process. In order to participate in this program, you must turn in a theatrical resume as well as a letter of recommendation from a theatre instructor (or equivalent) with your application. You also should have taken at least one university level acting course.

You earn 6 credits total. First you complete a 2-week theatre workshop. Then you begin the 4-week summer NTSI-GSA program.

Worth 2 credits:

  • TH394 Theatre Workshop (syllabus below)
    • Aims to provide an understanding of theatre production within the context of contemporary theatre-making in a European dramatic tradition.
  • Theatre Visits: Students will attend a number of theatre performances during their program. These are included in the program fee.

Worth 4 credits total:

  • Acting
    • Aims to root a strong personal technique in an organic, intelligent, and imaginative engagement with text and process. Focuses primarily on the areas of rehearsal and performance, with reference to the actor's honest connection and performative proficiency amid the differing technical demands of various styles and genres.
    • Total class contact time: 60 hours over 4 weeks
    • Encompasses instruction and rehearsal sessions – all practical, covering works of Samuel Beckett, John Millington Synge, Brian Friel and Sean O’Casey as well as touching on other Irish writers where relevant such as Martin McDonagh, Marina Carr, Billy Roche, WB Yeats.
  • Voice
    • Aims to develop an intellectual and bodied understanding of the vocal instrument, cultivating tension-free support, control, articulation, resonance, range, and variation of tone - as well as unblocked access to the emotional apparatus. Begins with an assessment of posture, techniques and exercises, and draws from theorists like Linklater, Rodenburg, and McCallion. The voice is used to explore play texts, political speeches, and poetry.
    • Total class contact time: 6-8 hours over 4 weeks
    • Covers accent and vocal requirements of all works dealt with in practical sessions.
  • Irish Writers Seminar
    • Total class contact time: 8-10 hours over 4 weeks
    • Covers historical and sociopolitical contexts of works dealt with in practical acting sessions in seminar/discussion class formats. Authors discussed are primarily Beckett, Friel, O’Casey, Synge, Yeats, and McDonagh.
  • Showcase
    • Final session of the course – 1 hour (approximately) duration presenting a selection of ensemble scenes rehearsed during the four week program.


Theatre Arts
Course Name Term Language Credits
TH 394 - Theater Workshop Summer English 2

Field Trips & Events

IES Abroad Dublin offers two optional three-day field trips, from which you choose one. These field trips are subsidized by IES Abroad, and you will be responsible for a portion of the cost. In past semesters, destinations have included:

Northern Ireland
3 days
Take in many of the filming sites of Game of Thrones, a famous “Troubles tour" of Belfast, and the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Causey Farm
1 day
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 see a bog.

Course-Related Excursions

IES Abroad Dublin organizes course-related trips that complement what you’re learning in the classroom, and contribute to your general knowledge of Irish culture and society.

Daily Life

Part of making you feel at home in Amsterdam 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.

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.


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 will live in Binary Hub, a private student residence in Dublin. You will live in a private fully-furnished single bedroom and bathroom, and will share a kitchen and common area with up to four other flat-mates which may be of mixed gender. However, you will be able to indicate on your IES Abroad Housing Form if you have any accommodation request in relation to this. The private student residence also has WiFi Internet access along with other amenities. No meals are included.

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: Summer 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Summer 2018 $5,745 $1,680 $135 $7,560

Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$4 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 more than $4 million each year to our financial aid programs.