Semester in Dublin

Program Information

When you study abroad in Dublin, we encourage you to take advantage of studying at one of the best universities in Ireland and living in one of the best cities in Europe. Get to know local Irish students and customs, and you will surely fall in love with this city of history, tradition, and subtle sophistication. You will experience:

New multiculturalism in an up-and-coming city – Due to an economic boom in the past two decades and an influx of immigrants from around the world, Dublin has been transformed into a new, hip European hot spot. You’ll find delicious Lebanese cuisine, trendy film cafés, and colorful international parades alongside statues of Irish literary giants.

A US-style education a world away – Your host institution, Dublin City University, is modeled on the US university education experience, so you’ll have less educational culture shock. Just because you are studying in a new country doesn’t mean you have to adapt to a whole new style of learning.

International students – Many of your 10,000 fellow students come from around the world. You can learn from them in and out of the classroom and have friends to visit across the globe after your semester abroad.

Tons to do on campus – With over 100 student activities on campus and great resources like a student union, cafés, a pool, and even a rock-climbing wall, you’ll never get bored!

Travel opportunities throughout the region - With cheap airfare and train routes galore, you can travel within Ireland, around the UK, and to various cities, beaches, and mountains in Europe when you study abroad in Ireland!

Highlights and Excursions

If you've ever wanted to study abroad in Ireland, then check out our Semester in Dublin study abroad program. Here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique.

  • Cultural Excursions 
  • Live in one of the best cities in Europe 
  • Meet students from all around the world in your classes 
  • Take advantage of Dublin’s many festivals 
  • Study in Dublin in a high-quality, progressive, US-style university 
  • Great on-campus facilities 
  • Live and study with Irish students 
  • Diverse course offerings

While on the Semester in Dublin program, you will have the opportunity to take a number of excursions to see what the rest of Ireland has to offer. Here are just a couple of the places you might be visiting:

Cliffs of Moher Standing 214m high over the Atlantic Ocean and running for 5 miles, the Cliffs of Moher are certainly a sight to be seen. Listed as a finalist for status as one of the new 7 wonders of the world, there is no doubting that these cliffs should be top on your to-do list. From the cliffs you can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk Mountains – this is an excursion you don’t want to miss!

Kilrush County Clare Overlooking Shannon Estuary and the Kerry Hills to the south, Kilrush is a traditional market town which now has the west coast's biggest marina. While in Kilrush you will have the opportunity to go on a boat trip to the estuary to go dolphin spotting! Despite often inclement weather, a large pod of bottlenose dolphins live off the coast – giving you the perfect opportunity to see some wildlife!

Cork This former ‘Rebel City’ buzzes with life, giving it worthy cause to rival the Dublin capital. The River Lee weaves around the city, adding charm to the Georgian architecture and poky 17th century alleys. But the best thing about this city is how it has effortlessly slid into the 21st century. With a brand new opera house as well as a burgeoning restaurant, music, and arts scene, this is a city that truly has everything covered.

Guinness Storehouse Visit the place where it all started! The Guinness Storehouse is central to the Irish identity and you'll love learning how to make the perfect pint from the masters themselves.

Cliff Walking Walk the cliffs of Ireland to see dramatic and stunning views of the water and coast.

Western Ireland Enjoy a light breakfast and tea, followed by a dance lesson from well-trained Irish dancers. Then, take a bus tour around the city and explore various medieval sites and national parks. You'll get to see caves and waterfalls before heading to a beautiful seaside town and enjoying a traditional meal of fish and chips!


While studying at Dublin City University, you will live in apartment-style housing, located just a short walk from the University campus. You will have your own private bedroom and bathroom in an apartment that houses up to five or six students. All bedrooms come fully furnished with a spacious wardrobe, under-bed drawers, and a study desk area (including shelves and a desk with drawer included). All bedrooms are also supplied with a wired internet connection.

The complex has on-site, coin-operated laundry facilities, a convenience store, a 24-hour security system, and is located near a shopping center and cinema. There is also an abundance of restaurants and pubs located near to the apartment complex. For those who want to explore the city, Dublin city centre is only a short ride away. What more could you ask for?


Courses include biology, business, education, humanities, engineering, informatics and electronics, Irish studies, mathematics, political science, psychology, and sports/ exercise science, among others.

For a complete list of course offerings, please click here.

Campus Setting


Average Course Load

4-5 courses (12-15 US credits)

GPA Requirement


Language of Instruction


Program Dates

Spring 2014*:

Start Date: February 5
End Date: June 1

Fall 2014*:

Start Date: September 21
End Date: December 23

Program Fee


*Cost may change at any time due to current exchange rate.


  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Pre-departure and onsite orientation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Medical & accident insurance
  • Dublin City University official transcript
  • Student Union fees
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide

How to Apply

  • Set up an appointment with Frances Weiner,
  • Fill out the CISabroad Online Application
  • Pay the $200 application deposit*

*This is NOT an extra fee, but is a non-refundable deposit applied towards your total program fee. You will be directed to pay this after completing the online application.

Past Students

“Dublin City University is the perfect mix of Dublin life and student life. With a beautiful campus, the student union is always busy with different social events and programs. Being a short bus-ride from downtown Dublin, we at DCU also reaped the benefit of enjoying city life and accessing the world through such a major European hub!”

Katelyn C.