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. Having produced many prominent literary figures, it is celebrated for its world-famous literary history. 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. You will learn about your housing location and roommates about two weeks prior to departure.
You will live in an apartments with 3 to 5 other study abroad students. Meals are not included, but each apartment has a full kitchen. Apartments are centrally located for easy access to grocery stores, cafés, and pubs.
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.
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.
Coordinated Group Flight
The Learning Abroad Center works with Village Travel, a local travel agency, to arrange a coordinated flight for program participants. The flight is optional, and is arranged for those who want to fly with other program participants. Group flight information is typically available by the program application deadline, if not before.
If you take the group flight, or are able to arrive before the group flight and wait, our staff will meet you at the airport and bring you to your housing at no added cost. If you do not take the group flight, you will need to make your own way to your housing upon arrival. Specific arrival instructions will be sent out prior to your departure.
For immigration purposes, you should purchase a round-trip ticket, since you must be able to show your entry and exit dates from Ireland.
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.