Earn 3 credits in approximately three weeks when you study abroad with us on our January Term program in Dublin!
Dublin’s lively theatre scene dates to the mid-17th century when plays were produced at Smock Alley Theatre, on the south bank of the River Liffey. This theatre has been redeveloped on its original site, with state-of-the-art performance spaces, and now serves as home to the National Theatre School of Ireland-Gaiety School of Acting, where you'll enroll.
Join Ireland’s theatre tradition at Smock Alley and explore plays from ancient Greece to present-day Ireland. Your training investigates the theatrical elements of space, the body, language, and the dramatic text to support your development in the craft of performance.
We want you to feel at home in Dublin, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. Welcome to study abroad!
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program in Dublin possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.
We offer a unique program through the Gaiety School of Acting that explores Acting and Theatre through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Through our study abroad program, world-class professors enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives both in and out of class.
You take one course for a total of 3 credits. The Acting course consists of conservatory-style training with voice, movement, and improvisation. In order to participate in this program, you must have evidence of a strong interest or past participation in the performing arts, whether it be as an amateur or as part of a course at your home institution.
Watch a short clip of IES Abroad Dublin students sharing what they love about attending NTSI-GSA.
GSA TH PERF Theatre Performance
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best restaurants—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 a private student residence located in residential Dublin. The private student residences are shared by three to four flat mates, and consist of a fully-equipped kitchen, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a shared living area.
The private student residences are completely furnished and have WiFi Internet access along with other amenities. You are responsible for your own meals, and can prepare your own food at home or eat at local, inexpensive restaurants.
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.
After arrival in Dublin, you participate in an orientation program which introduces them to the city of Dublin, the Dublin J-term program, and student life in the city.
Complementing the training course is attendance at performances in Dublin’s many theatre venues. Possible venues include:
Visits to other cultural attractions also are planned, such as the James Joyce Museum, the National Museum of Ireland, and the Book of Kells in the historic library of Trinity College Dublin.
About the 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.
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 Dublin Staff
Chris Corcoran Internship Coordinator
Regina Fitzpatrick Academic Coordinator
Jackie KnowlesStudent Affairs Coordinator
Stephen McMahon Center Moodle Administrator and Writer's Program Coordinator
Mairéad WhiteAccountant Assistant
What is it really like to live in Dublin? Check out our virtual tour of all the places you’ll come to know and love when you study abroad there—GO!