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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. As they moved into the digital age, writers reached larger and more diverse audiences through platforms that did not exist even a decade ago.

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.

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?

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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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. As they moved into the digital age, writers reached larger and more diverse audiences through platforms that did not exist even a decade ago.

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.

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?

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 then $4 million each year 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 you create your own academic experience by selecting from the following required and optional program components:

  • IES Abroad Writing courses. Please note that all courses are 3 credits each except for CW 270 Homespun Sails which is 1 credit.
    • CW/LT 350 Photo/Graphic: Shaping Visual Narratives
    • LT 456 The Shadows that We Cast: Writing the Irish Short Story
    • CW/LT 358 Write Here, Write Now: An Introduction to Immersion Writing
    • MK/CM 345 Digital Marketing & Communication
    • CW 270 Homespun Sails 
  • Writing-related Internship or Service Learning placement and seminar (3 credits)
  • Area studies courses from our Irish Studies Program or Entrepreneuship & Technology Program (3 credits each)

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 Fall English 3
Creative Writing
Course Name Term Language Credits
CW 270 - "Homespun Sails": Anthology Production Workshop Fall, Spring English 1
LT/CW 350 - Photo/Graphic: Shaping Visual Narratives Fall, Spring English 3
LT/CW 358 - Irish Playwriting: A Creative Introduction 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 Spring English 3
LT 354 - The Finest Music – The Craft of Irish Poetry 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 Fall English 3
LT/CW 350 - Photo/Graphic: Shaping Visual Narratives Fall, Spring English 3
LT/CW 358 - Irish Playwriting: A Creative Introduction 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—new internships are always being added. 

  • Accounting
  • Arts Administration
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Education Administration
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Event Management 
  • Finance
  • Human Resource
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Media & Publishing
  • Politics
  • Social Entrepreneurship 
  • Social Outreach
  • Technology
  • Theatre

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 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 the following organizations:

  • Education and creative writing for kids
  • Advocacy for the disabled
  • Community health
  • At-risk youth

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 Ireland. (These trips are partially subsidized by IES Abroad.) Here are a few possible destinations:

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.

Writers Retreat 
4 days
All Writers Program students participating on this retreat will be taken on a 4 day, 3 night Writers Retreat to focus exclusively on your writing in an environment conducive to reflection, renewal, and inquiry.

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.

Howth
1 day
Hike in Howth Head, a lovely seaside fishing village in North County Dublin.

Experience Gaelic Games
1 day
Immerse yourself in an authentic Irish experience as you learn about Ireland's national sports, such as Gaelic football, hurling, and handball.

Course-Related Excursions

IES Abroad Dublin organizes course-related excursions that complement your courses and help you build your general knowledge of Irish culture and society.    Past course-related excursions have included visits to:
  • 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 lasts a minimum of two days and 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 will also take guided tours to the IES Abroad Dublin Center and other area of interest in Dublin as part of orientation.

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.

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.

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 Apartments-You will live in a private student apartment located in a residential area of Dublin. Three to four students of the same gender live in an apartment and up to two students share a bedroom. The private student apartment feature a shared living area with a TV and wireless internet access, as well as a fully-equipped kitchen. No meals are included. 

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.

 

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Redefine the way you live and learn in Dublin through our cultural events, such as the following:

  • Visiting the Causey Farm where you can try hurling, sheep herding, and Irish dancing
  • Enjoying the Fringe Fest and Theatre Festival, a two-month-long festival complete with theatre performances and street performances (fall)
  • Attending the Bulmers International Comedy Festival (fall)
  • Attending the Dublin International Film Festival (spring) 
  • Watching GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) matches such as Hurling and Gaelic Football (spring)
  • Attending an international or provincial rugby match (spring)
  • Celebrating the St. Patrick’s Festival (spring)

IES Abroad Dublin also 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.
  • Dublin Film Festival - Pass out tickets, answer queries or assist with administration during this 10-day festival in February. (spring only)
  • St. Patrick's Day Festivities - Support various events that take place within Dublin, from Irish Dancing workshops to a St. Patrick's Day parade. (spring only)

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


Term: Fall 2017
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Fall 2017
Academic Year
$13,375
$24,060
$4,185
$8,370
$230
$455
$17,790
$32,885

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 then $4 million each year to our financial aid programs.