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  • Dublin, Ireland

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Why Dublin?

Experience the cultural and economic heart of Ireland this summer! With deep roots in theatre, music, literature, art, and a fascinating history, Dublin is also beautiful, full of friendly people, and easy to get around.

What You'll Study

This is the perfect place to study Ireland’s rich heritage and contemporary culture, while getting to know the city’s winding streets and unmistakable charm. Our summer program offers enrollment in IES Abroad courses, housing in fully-equipped student residence halls, and field trips. Starting at the IES Abroad Center, this program helps you to gain a meaningful cultural experience and a deeper knowledge of Ireland, and what it means to be a citizen of the world.

Daily Life

We want you to feel at home in Dublin, so we will 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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$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.

You take two courses for a total of 6 semester credits. Disciplines include:

  • Anthropology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Economics
  • History
  • Literature
  • Sociology

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 Summer English 3
Cultural Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
LT/CU 270 - Celtic Myth and Legend in Early Ireland Summer English 3
Economics
Course Name Term Language Credits
EC 390 - Ireland and the EU Summer English 3
History
Course Name Term Language Credits
HS 340 - History of Ireland 1798-1922 Summer English 3
Literature
Course Name Term Language Credits
LT 340 - Irish Literature in the Last 100 Years: Identity, Selfhood and the State Summer English 3
LT/CU 270 - Celtic Myth and Legend in Early Ireland Summer English 3
Sociology
Course Name Term Language Credits
SO/AN 320 - Irish Communal Identity Summer English 3

Field Trips & Events

IES Abroad Dublin organizes a number of field trips as an integral part of its opportunities for cultural immersion in Ireland. These trips explore areas of significant regional interest and are led by people who contextualize what you are witnessing and experiencing. These field trips are partially subsidized by IES Abroad.  Possible destinations include:

Northern Ireland
3 days
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
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.

Course-Related Trips

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. These trips include walking tours of Dublin's significant architectural, literary, and political markers.

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.

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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.

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 2019
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Summer 2019 $5,085 $1,680 $135 $6,900


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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.

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