Live and study in the heart of Dublin. Participate in an internship, research project, or practicum to engage with the local community.
|Term||Fall Semester, Spring Semester|
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||Learning Abroad Center|
|GPA||Dependent on track choice|
|Student Type||UofM Students, Non UofM Students|
|Student Year||Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors|
|Language||No Language Prerequisite|
Once a Viking settlement, and with most of its architecture dating to the 18th Century, Dublin is a city rich with history and culture. It is celebrated for its world-famous literary history, having produced many prominent literary figures. Now, Dublin is known as one of Europe's most youthful cities, with more than 40% of its population under age 30. The mix of rich traditions and youthful energy comes alive through music, theatre, and sports.
The Study Abroad in Dublin program offers courses that deepen your understanding of the complexities of Irish culture. Through courses, an internship, or a directed study, you will connect with the city and the culture in a very tangible way.
Housing is provided in comfortable, well-equipped apartments in central Dublin. You will learn about your housing location and roommates about two weeks prior to departure.
Apartments vary by track and school (Study Center, UCD, DCU). You will rank your housing choice shortly after the application deadline. The Learning Abroad Center will email all applicants simultaneously and consider housing decisions based on applicants' response date and time. We will make every effort to honor housing requests but cannot guarantee housing preferences.
Apartments will house two to four students and include shared bedrooms, bathrooms, and laundry. Meals are not included, but each apartment has a full kitchen as well as numerous pubs and cafés within a short walk.
Cultural excursions around Dublin and Ireland will be included in the program fee. In Dublin, this could include a night at the theatre, a visit to the Book of Kells, an outing to a sporting event, etc.
There will be two main excursions outside of Dublin: one to Western Ireland and one to Northern Ireland. The visit to Western Ireland will give you a sense of life in the country and could include places like Galway, County Clare, the Cliffs of Moher, and the Aran Islands. The visit to Belfast in Northern Ireland will help to explain The Troubles, a conflict that lasted until 1998, and still has impacts on the community today.
Students having participated in the Study Abroad in Dublin program will:
The on-site staff provide housing, program classrooms and study areas. They also arrange on-site orientation and program excursions, as well as social and cultural events.
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
|Program Type||Host University Study, Study Abroad Center|
|Program Level||Upper-division coursework|
15–18 credits for fall or spring semester
There are several tracks on this program. Students on all tracks will take the core course, Engaging Ireland: Past, Present, & Future. This course will be front-loaded and will give context to the Irish culture through thematic topics such as religion, politics, education, diversity, economics, sports, literature, etc. The core course will involve study tours around Dublin and Ireland to bring the course content to life.
Take classes at the Gaiety School of Acting with options such as Playwriting, Storytelling, Performance, and Irish Literature & Film. The courses will be taught by Irish professors, and will be designed for students studying abroad. Course descriptions and syllabi can be found on the Full Course List page. Participating in an internship is also an option.
This track will allow students to enroll directly at Dublin City University (DCU), a university located north of the city center, and spread out between a few smaller campuses. Notable subjects include Journalism, Education, and Kinesiology. You can search for classes offered on the DCU website. Participating in an internship is also an option.
A few notes when looking for classes at DCU:
University College Dublin (UCD) is Ireland's largest university and is located south of the city center, and provides a traditional campus experience. If you plan to take courses in Arts and Humanities, you can apply to this track. You can search for classes offered on the UCD website. Participating in an internship is also an option.
University College Dublin (UCD) is Ireland's largest university and is located south of the city center, and provides a traditional campus experience. If you plan to take courses in science or engineering, you will apply to this track. You can search for classes offered on the UCD website. Participating in an internship is also an option.
All students studying in Dublin will take this course, regardless of their track choice. This course has three main components: gain knowledge of Ireland past and present through modules focused on areas such as economics, religion, language, sports, and education; engage with the host-country with activities such as internship, research, performance, volunteer, sports team, or teaching practicum; and explore Ireland through a range of study tours to Western Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Approved for the following Liberal Education Requirements: Historical Perspectives and Global Perspectives.
This course will focus on the contemporary writing in drama, film, and poetry, and will follow the legacy from Yeats to Marina Carr. Irish cinema will be explored from silent films in the early 20th century, to recent Oscar nominations for Irish made films. The course will also examine the interconnection of literature and film, with a focus on turning fiction into film.
Approved for the following Liberal Education Requirements: Literature and Global Perspectives.
Students will study and actively participate in the art of performance, focusing on Irish writers like Samuel Beckett, Brian Friel, Conor McPherson, Martin McDonough and more. Actor training, and so this course, is physical, emotional and intellectual. The work will include vocal training and expression, dynamic conditioning of the instrument of the body, and textual analysis. In addition the course will help actors unlock the specific voices of Irish playwrights. Students will work on scenes and monologues as well as their own improvisations.
This will be an acting class, and will require one previous fundamentals of acting or performance class at your home insitution, or permission by the instructor.
*For UofM Theatre BA students, this course will waive one credit of BA Mentoring (TH3370) and count as one upper level performance elective. It can act as a prerequisite when TH 3330 Physical Approaches to Acting or TH 3321 Stanislavski and Techniques for Characterization is needed.
Approved for the following Liberal Education Requirements: Arts & Humanities and Global Perspectives.
Study traditional and modern playwriting, from concept to production, and from classical form to new site-specific work. Topics might include narrative structure and the rise of the monologue, issue driven work, the role of workshopping, etc.
*For UofM Theatre BA students, this course will count as the upper level writing intensive within the major course, or cover one upper level major elective. It can act as a prerequisite when TH 3115 Introduction to Playwriting is needed.
Approved for the following Liberal Education Requirements: Literature and Global Perspectives. This course has also been approved as Writing Intensive.
What does it mean to tell a story? Does it matter why or how someone tells a story? Storytelling is an Irish oral tradition that dates back to Celtic mythology, but is also important to modern day Ireland. This course will examine how storytelling brings Ireland to life, and how Dublin and Ireland are represented in stories. How can you use a building, a street, a painting, or a performance to construct a story that can be shared with others, and that creates a narrative that resonates with the specific time and history of that place? The course will look at the tradition of the short story in Irish writing, and also the development of the Irish novel. Students will also think about their own stories, and how they can be told.
*For UofM Theatre BA students, this course will count as an upper level performance elective.
Approved for the following Liberal Education Requirements: Literature and Global Perspectives.
This course explores the world of work in Ireland and how students respond to the challenges that they can expect to encounter while interning in Dublin. More information on internships can be found here.
*For UofM Theatre BA students, this course count as Creative Collaboration (TH4380) or upper division major elective.
This course is offered at no additional cost on programs six weeks or longer. The Learning Abroad Center will email out registration instructions, or you may contact a program team member.
See more information on courses offered at DCU.
See more information on courses offered at UCD.
Students participating in the internship will enroll in the Internships in Dublin course to debrief and discuss their internship experience. A 3-credit internship is about 10 hours per week at the site, plus the weekly class.
Internship placements are available in many fields. Students are required to submit additional application materials in order to apply for the internship; these materials can be found on the Apply tab.
Possible areas for internships are listed below. If you don't see an area listed, inquire with the Learning Abroad Center about the possibility of doing an internship in that field.
|Program Term||App Open Date||Deadline*|
|Fall 2020||Dec 1||May 15|
|Depart from the US||Aug 30|
|Arrive in Dublin||Aug 31|
|Orientation/Core Course||Sep 1 – 4|
|Classes and Internships Begin||Sep 7|
|Depart from Dublin - UCD||Dec 19|
|Depart from Dublin - DCU||Dec 20|
|Spring 2021||May 1||Oct 15|
|Depart from the US||TBD|
|Arrive in Dublin||TBD|
|Depart from Dublin (Study Center track)||TBD|
|Depart from Dublin (DCU and UCD)||TBD|
See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.
|Fall 2019||Monday, April 22, 2019, 3:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.||Blegen 255|
Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.
To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:
|Center Name||TC Learning Abroad Ctr|
|Education Abroad Term||See Dates page for term options|
|Program Name||Study Abroad in Dublin|
|Track Name||See Academics page for track options|
After you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received. Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, which will include the following items:
Course Enrollment Form
If you do not meet the GPA requirement for this program you will be required to submit two additional application items—the Low GPA Essay and Special Circumstances Recommendation. Both items will be added to your checklist after you start your application, and you will be notified when they have been added.
Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.
After your application checklist is complete, your application is reviewed by our program team. You will be notified of an acceptance decision by email. If accepted, you will be assigned an acceptance checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program. If you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the online application system and submit a Cancel Request.
A passport is required to enter Ireland. Your passport must be valid for the entire duration of your program. If you have not already obtained your passport, you should apply for one immediately. Information about applying for a passport can be found on the US Department of State's website.
US citizens traveling with a US passport do not need to apply for a visa to study in Ireland. Non-US citizens should check to see if a visa is required for entry into Ireland. If it is, we can provide acceptance letters or other documentation you may need.
All students should travel with their immigration letter in their carry-on luggage. You will be asked for it when you land in Ireland.
University students—this is your acceptance letter from the university that was emailed to you.
Study Center students—this letter will be emailed to you prior to your departure.
Within the first few weeks of arriving in Dublin, you will need to meet with the local immigration authorities to register your stay in Ireland. At the appointment with the immigration officials, you will need to provide the following materials:
For further information or questions about this program, send an email toWhitney Westley Fisher or call at 612.625.8827.