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Why Dublin?

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.

What You'll Study

Through the study of contemporary Irish authors, as well as those of the past, our Writers Program is designed to inspire and challenge writers to elevate their skills to the next level. With its vibrant and varied literary and visual arts scene, and the abundance of eclectic bookshops and quirky cafés, Dublin is a city that caters to the lovers of all things literary.

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. These courses can be combined with areas studies courses from our Irish Studies Program and/or Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology Program courses, as well as a part-time internship or service learning placement to customize your course schedule.

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. You have the option to help create the anthology through the course Homespun Sails. Check it out at www.homespunsails.org.

You will participate in the four-day Writers Retreat. On this retreat, you’ll focus exclusively on your writing in an environment conducive to reflection, renewal, and inquiry. The retreat takes place at an unknown destination, 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 also 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 newly opened 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. Can it get much better for a writer?

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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$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 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 take 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)

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
CW 270 - "Homespun Sails": Anthology Production Workshop Fall, Spring English 1
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.

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.

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 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’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.

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: Fall 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Fall 2018
Academic Year
$13,930
$25,060
$4,185
$8,370
$230
$455
$18,345
$33,885

Term: Spring 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2018 $13,370 $4,185 $230 $18,145


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