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Study Abroad in Dublin

  1. Program Details

    Live and study in the heart of Dublin. Participate in an internship, research project, or practicum to engage with the local community.

    Location Dublin, Ireland
    Term Fall Semester, Spring Semester
    Housing Apartment
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor Learning Abroad Center

    Program Eligibility

    GPA Dependent on track choice
    Student Type UofM Students, Non UofM Students
    Student Year Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
    Language No Language Prerequisite
  3. About Study Abroad in Dublin

    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 the age of 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 & Meals

    Housing is provided in comfortable, well-equipped apartments in central Dublin. Students will find out their housing location and roommates about 2 weeks prior to departure.

    Apartments will house 2 to 4 students, which include shared bedrooms, bathrooms, and laundry. Meals are not included, but each apartment has a full kitchen. There are also numerous pubs and cafes within a short walk from the residence.


    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.

    Learning Outcomes

    Students having participated in the Study Abroad in Dublin program will:

    • Meaningfully engage with the local community
    • Understand how Irish history and culture affect contemporary society
    • Develop a more complex understanding of Ireland through visits to various geographic regions throughout the country
    • Increase independence and self-reliance by navigating the local university, an internship, research project, or a practicum

    Faculty & Staff

    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.

    About the Learning Abroad Center

    Learning Abroad Center programs are:

    • Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
    • Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
    • Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
    • Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.
  4. Program Structure

    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.



    Study Center

    Take classes at the Gaeity 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.

    • 2.5 minimum GPA requirement
    Dublin City University

    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:

    • 3.0 preferred minimum GPA (may be flexible in certain cases)
    • Classes are called modules at DCU
    • DCU's credits are called ECTS, and they will transfer back as half as many credits. So if you find a module that is 10 ECTS, it will transfer back as 5 credits at the UofM.
    • Fall semester students: DCU's final exams take place in January, so you will need to look for modules that are graded as 100% Continuous Assessment, instead of having an exam. That way you will be able to finish the semester before you come home for the winter break.
    • Because you will take the core course, we recommend taking 20-25 ECTS at DCU. 
    • If you plan to do an internship, you should take 15-20 ECTS at DCU
    University College Dublin—Arts & Humanities

    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.

    • 3.0 minimum GPA requirement
    • When looking at courses, a "Programme" is a major or department, and a "Module" is a course


    University College Dublin - Science & Engineering

    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.

    • 3.0 minimum GPA requirement
    • Science students interested in research can enroll in a research module, and participate in lab research at UCD. Areas of research could include Biological Sciences, Nueroscience, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics, Computer Science, etc.
    • When looking at courses, a "Programme" is a major or department, and a "Module" is a course
  5. 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.

    • Advertising
    • Communications
    • Education
    • Marketing
    • Social Media
    • Theatre
  6. Core Course

    Engaging Ireland: Past, Present, & Future
    DBLN 3012
    Fall & Spring
    3 Credits

    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.

    Syllabus for Engaging Ireland: Past, Present, & Future (PDF)

    Study Center Courses

    Irish Literature & Film
    DBLN 3015
    Fall & Spring
    3 Credits

    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.

    Syllabus for Irish Literature & Film (PDF)

    Performance in Irish Context
    DBLN 3013
    Fall & Spring
    3 Credits

    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.

    Syllabus for Performance in Irish Context (PDF) 

    The Playwright in Practice: Writing for the Stage in 21st Century Ireland
    DBLN 3010W
    Fall & Spring
    3 Credits

    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.

    Syllabus for The Playwright in Practice (PDF)

    Storytelling: Writing Irish Cultural Narratives
    DBLN 3011
    Fall & Spring
    3 Credits

    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.

    Syllabus for Storytelling: Writing Irish Cultural Narratives (PDF)

    Dublin Internship: Learning through Experience
    DBLN 3014
    Fall & Spring
    3 Credits

    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.

    Syllabus for Dublin Internship (PDF) 

    Optional, Online Course

    Global Identity
    OLPD 3330
    Online, Optional
    1 Credit
    Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your overseas experience and apply what you've learned upon your return. The course assists you in reflecting on multiple layers of cross-cultural experience and marketing your study abroad experience for future goals.

    Dublin City University Courses

    See more information on courses offered at DCU.

  7. Dates & Deadlines

    Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:
    Program Term App Open Date Deadline*
    Fall 2019 Dec 1 Apr 15
    Depart from the US Sep 1
    Arrive in Dublin Sep 2
    Orientation/Core Course Sep 3 – 6
    Classes and Internships Begin Sep 9
    Depart from Dublin - Study Center Dec 14
    Depart from Dublin - UCD & DCU Dec 22
    Spring 2020 May 1 Oct 15
    Depart from the US Jan 12
    Arrive in Dublin Jan 13
    Semester break Mid-March
    Depart from Dublin (Study Center track) May 3
    Depart from Dublin (DCU and UCD) May 19

    *Program dates are subject to change. Contact the LAC for verification of dates before purchasing your airfare.
    **If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.

    Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person, program-specific session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.

    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.

    Term Abroad Date/Time Location
    Fall 2019 Monday, April 22, 2019, 3:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Blegen 255
  8. Fees for Study Abroad in Dublin

    University of Minnesota participants pay the program fee instead of on-campus tuition and fees for the term they are abroad.

    Fall 2019

    University College Dublin - Arts & Humanities

    University College Dublin - Science & Engineering

    Fees or tuition from home institutions may be added to or differ from the University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center fees listed on this page.

    Billing & Payments

    Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

    Bridging Loan

    Bridging Loan, a no-interest/no-fees loan that funds the upfront deposit and flights costs, is available for this program for eligible students.

    Cancellation Policy

    Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.
  9. Prepare

    Complete pre-application advising.

    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
    Country Ireland


    University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.

    Non-University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Once you submit your application, Learning Abroad Center staff will create a University of Minnesota student internet account for you. You will use this account to access the Education Abroad Application System, and other University of Minnesota services. You will be charged a $50 application fee for this program.

    Our staff will contact you within 2–3 business days with your internet account information, and additional application instructions.


    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:

    Study Center track

    • Application Essay
    • Course Selection Form
    • Internship Application (required only for internship applicants)
    • Cover Letter and Resume (required only for internship applicants)

    Dublin City University track

    • Application Essay
    • Academic Recommendation
    • DCU Application
    • Internship Application (required only for internship applicants)
    • Cover Letter and Resume (required only for internship applicants)

    University College Dublin tracks

    • Application Essay
    • UCD Application
    • Internship Application (required only for internship applicants)
    • Cover Letter and Resume (required only for internship applicants)

    Additional Items Required for non-UofM Students

    • Transcript 
    • Home Institution Nomination 

    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.

    Application Review Process

    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.

  10. Passport

    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:

    • Your acceptance/immigration letter
    • 300 euro, paid by credit or debit card. Cash is NOT accepted.
    • Proof of insurance - your CISI insurance card will be emailed to you a few weeks before you depart for Dublin
    • Financial Statement Form – If you are supporting yourself, note that on the Financial Statement form and bring a copy of your bank statement with you. Your bank statement has to show the equivalent of 3000 euro. If your parents are supporting you, please have them fill out the Financial Statement Form, and have it notarized. 
  11. Program Contact

    For further information or questions about this program, send an email to

    Whitney Westley Fisher or call at 612.625.8827.

  12. Contact Program Alum

    Below is a list of additional students who participated in past program sessions. They are ready and willing to answer your questions about this program. Feel free to contact them during your decision-making process or anytime during your pre-departure preparation to get a student perspective.
    • Natalie S: Bachelor of Individualized Studies major with concentrations in Theatre, Studies in Cinema and Media Culture, and Mass Communication; took classes on the Study Center track; participated in an internship
    • Kyler C: Finance major, Accounting minor; took classes at Dublin City University