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Study Abroad | Dublin

Ireland | Dublin City University | Spring 2023
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  • Fall 2023

  • Spring 2023

Overview

Spend a semester or year in the lively city of Dublin, Ireland, with AIFS! Study a variety of academic program options at Dublin City University. This program offers students an international experience living in  a multicultural global capital city combined with the local, friendly small town feel that living in Ireland always brings. 

What’s Included

The AIFS inclusive program fee includes all of the great features below in addition to many pre-departure, on-site and upon-return services to help students make the most of their time abroad.

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  • Tuition

    Up to 15 semester credits depending on program and course selection

  • Courses

    Wide variety of courses available; taught in English

  • Housing

    Student apartment on campus

  • Excursions & Day Trips

    An overnight excursion to Cork and Kilkenny and an Irish farm experience

  • Cultural & Social Activities

    A wide range of AIFS-organized cultural activities and social events to enrich your experience

  • On-Site Resident Director

    to help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program

  • Health & Safety

    24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance
  • Personal/Professional Development

    Access to the renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and alumni network
  • Green Initiative

Additional Options & Opportunities

  • AIFS Flight Package

    Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways

    Airport transfers to and from campus

  • Excursion

    Galway (3 days)

Program Details: Study Abroad | Dublin International Program

Program is closed

Dates

January 8, 2023May 6, 2023

Term

Spring

Application Deadline

October 15, 2022

Inclusive Fees

$17,995

Stay for a year to save on cost

Eligibility

Open to Sophomore, Junior, Senior College Students

Minimum of 3.0 GPA

Additional requirements may vary by course selection. See Academic section below.

Visa Requirements

Visas are not required for U.S. citizens prior to arrival in Ireland; however, you must register with the Irish Immigration authorities within 30 days of your arrival. AIFS will provide the required documents and instructions for completing this registration. Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for obtaining a visa as required.

Areas of Interest

  • Accounting
  • Area Studies
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Communications
  • Criminal Justice
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • English
  • Finance
  • Gender Studies
  • Geography
  • Health Sciences
  • History
  • Humanities
  • International Business
  • Law
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Science
  • Sociology
  • Technology

Academics

AIFS Abroad offers a unique global educational experience for students on this program, with the following academic options available:

Dublin City University has been recognized as one of the top 50 universities under 50 years old and is in the top 5% of universities for business students. DCU hosts 17,500 students including 1400 students from around the world and is ranked 12th globally for sustainability. 

Students will have access to modern libraries, an award winning gym and sports facilities, a healthy living center, on campus restaurants and coffee shops and over 150 clubs and societies. DCU also boasts a brand-new student center with an entrepreneurship and innovation hub and the Helix National Theatre.

Fairfield University

Fairfield University is a private Jesuit university founded in 1942 in Fairfield, Connecticut, well known for their commitment to international education. Fairfield is a fully accredited university and member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

In 2020 Fairfield and AIFS partnered to develop a school of record relationship that will allow academic credit to be available for both Fairfield and non-Fairfield students.

Course syllabi and faculty credentials are reviewed and approved by Fairfield University. See GE 298 for internship course description.

The International program at Dublin City University gives visiting students the opportunity to take a wide variety of courses (subject to prerequisites) from 5 different academic streams studying alongside local students. The university offers a flexible curriculum across the humanities & social science, business, engineering & computing, science & health science and education fields with students typically taking 4 courses per semester from one of these streams. Students may choose up to six 3-credit courses but to ensure a manageable workload we recommend a maximum of 5. 

Working side by side with locals is an ideal way to gain insight into another culture, to understand different approaches and to prepare for the realities of working in a multicultural and interdependent world. AIFS Abroad has designed the Study + Internship Program to combine a traditional academic learning experience with a unique opportunity to study working life in Ireland firsthand with placements in Dublin based organizations. 

Students select two or three courses of 3 credits each from the regular offering of courses on the International Program at DCU in addition to a 6-credit internship in their field of study for up to 15 credits. Placements are available in the following fields: accounting, business, communications, engineering, finance, graphic design, IT, law, marketing, NGO (a non-profit organization), psychology and many more. 

In a competitive world, practical experience is an invaluable addition to classroom learning. The internship provides vital insight into a career field, experience in the global workplace, practical exposure to the demands of specific jobs and development of professional and personal skills. International work experience helps students test a potential career path while exploring interests and abilities in new ways. 

Credit for the internship placement is awarded by Fairfield University. 

The International program at Dublin City University gives visiting students the opportunity to take a wide variety of courses (subject to prerequisites) from 5 different academic streams studying alongside local students. The university offers a flexible curriculum across the humanities & social science, business, engineering & computing, science & health science and education fields with students typically taking 4 courses per semester from one of these streams. Students may choose up to six 3-credit courses but to ensure a manageable workload we recommend a maximum of 5. 

Working side by side with locals is an ideal way to gain insight into another culture, to understand different approaches and to prepare for the realities of working in a multicultural and interdependent world. AIFS Abroad has designed the Study + Internship Program to combine a traditional academic learning experience with a unique opportunity to study working life in Ireland firsthand with placements in Dublin based organizations. 

Students select two or three courses of 3 credits each from the regular offering of courses on the International Program at DCU in addition to a 6-credit internship in their field of study for up to 15 credits. Placements are available in the following fields: accounting, business, communications, engineering, finance, graphic design, IT, law, marketing, NGO (a non-profit organization), psychology and many more. 

In a competitive world, practical experience is an invaluable addition to classroom learning. The internship provides vital insight into a career field, experience in the global workplace, practical exposure to the demands of specific jobs and development of professional and personal skills. International work experience helps students test a potential career path while exploring interests and abilities in new ways. 

Credit for the internship placement is awarded by Fairfield University. 

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Living Abroad

Student Housing

  • Apartments on campus
  • Single en-suite rooms with a study area
  • Shared kitchen and living area

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Dublin

Transportation Pass

Students receive a travel pass for use on trains, the LUAS and buses in Dublin. Passes will be loaded with €100 credit on arrival and can be topped up during the semester as and when needed. Students are responsible for costs above the initial €100 contribution.

Population

The country offers a rich diversity of cultures and ethnic groups dominated by young people, over half the population of Ireland is under 30 years old!

History

Ireland, known as the “Emerald Isle” due to its lush greenery,  was founded by Vikings, Dublin and the surrounding area have been home to many other groups including Celts, Danes, Normans, Welsh, and British.

Green Space

Dublin has more green spaces per square kilometer than any other European capital city, with 97% of city residents living within 300 meters of a park area. The city council provides 7.3 acres of public green space per 1,000 people and 255 playing fields and plants approximately 5,000 trees annually.

AIFS in Dublin Resident Director, Academic Year and Semester Programs

A dedicated AIFS Resident Director will be on-site throughout your program providing guidance, support and information on all aspects of the program. Details of the AIFS Resident Director in Dublin will be posted when available.

In addition to excursions a program of social and cultural events will be included in your program fee. These activities will include both typical tourist sites and attractions and lesser-known visits which take advantage of the expert knowledge of local Dublin and AIFS staff and give you a more authentic and insightful view of Irish life and culture. Typical activities, tours and visits include:

  • Group meals
  • Irish music nights
  • Guinness Storehouse visit
  • Museum and gallery visits
  • Walking tours
  • Irish sporting events
  • Theater performances
  • Visits to local seaside towns

You may be asked to pay a small supplementary fee for some of the events offered each semester.

Orientation

An orientation program is included at Dublin for all students including a campus and library tour, academic subject meetings, introduction to clubs and societies, student support meetings, a scavenger hunt and welcome event.

DCU was named sports college of the year in 2019 and 2020. AIFS students have access to a wide range of on-campus sports facilities including a 25m swimming pool, high-performance gym, running track, and sports pitches. 

Excursions

This program offers a range of day trips and excursions that will take you outside Dublin and deepen your social, historical and cultural understanding of Ireland. Previous excursions have included:

A cow on a farm in Ireland.

Irish Farm Experience

Make your own Irish soda bread, learn how to milk a cow, take Irish drum and Ceili (dancing) lessons, ride on a tractor and more. Includes round-trip transportation and light refreshments. 

  • Ireland
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
Cork, Ireland.

Cork and Kilkenny

Guided sightseeing tour with free time to explore. Includes round-trip transportation and accommodations.  

  • Ireland
  • 2 Days
  • Included in Program Fee
A street in Galway, Ireland with colorful buildings and flags.

Galway

Guided walking tour. Visit the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations, daily breakfast and a group meal with traditional music.  

* Minimum enrollment of 6 students is required for this trip to run. 

  • Ireland
  • 3 Days
  • Not Included in Program Fee
Barcelona,Spain
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Social identity & access

One of the best things you can do before departure is enter into the journey knowing that your time abroad will be unique to this experience. The resources, community, and support available to you when abroad will likely be different as well. In order to help you prepare for your experience, we have compiled many resources about social identity and access in specific locations abroad. Your program staff will also provide you with more details pre-departure and during orientation.

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Important Dates & Deadlines

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Dates & Deadlines

Details

  • Early Application Deadline*
  • Application Deadline
    October 15, 2022
  • Deposit Deadline
    November 1, 2022
  • Scholarship Deadline
    October 1, 2022
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    January 7, 2023
  • Program Begins
    January 8, 2023
  • Program Ends
    May 6, 2023
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    May 7, 2023
  • *** Included for students on AIFS flight package.

Optional Flight Package

Students can select an optional transportation package for all AIFS programs. Students who choose to book their own flights should meet up with group at the program location and will need to make their own ground transportation arrangements.

Below are fees by departure city based on average historical costs and subject to change. If you select this option on your application, the total flight package price will be confirmed in your account 6 months prior to departure. (Program fee is guaranteed.)

Depature City

Fee

  • Atlanta
    $1,560.00
  • Boston
    $1,320.00
  • Buffalo
    $1,240.00
  • Charlotte
    $1,520.00
  • Chicago
    $1,420.00
  • Cincinnati
    $1,460.00
  • Columbus
    $1,440.00
  • Dallas
    $1,500.00
  • Denver
    $1,700.00
  • Des Moines
    $1,540.00
  • Detroit
    $1,580.00
  • Houston
    $1,620.00
  • Los Angeles
    $1,460.00
  • Miami
    $1,420.00
  • Minneapolis
    $1,620.00
  • New York
    $1,280.00
  • Newark
    $1,280.00
  • Orlando
    $1,400.00
  • Philadelphia
    $1,380.00
  • Phoenix
    $1,520.00
  • Pittsburgh
    $1,380.00
  • Raleigh/Durham
    $1,460.00
  • San Francisco
    $1,540.00
  • Seattle
    $1,660.00
  • St. Louis
    $1,400.00
  • Washington/Dulles
    $1,340.00
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For more dates or questions, contact your program consultant:
(203) 399-5163 or email: aifsabroad@aifs.com