Location
  • Ireland
    • Dublin

Program Details

Compensation
Non-Monetary Benefits
Timeframe
Academic Year Fall Spring Summer
Housing
Apartment
Language
English
Weekly Hours
12

Pricing

Price Details
Our Dublin programs vary in price depending on length. Please visit our website for the most up to date information.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Travel Insurance Wifi
What's Included (Extra)

FIE and DBS Courses, TCD, UCD courses (depending on program)

What's Not Included
Airfare Meals Transportation
Jul 28, 2019
Aug 29, 2019

About Program

Live, work, AND play in Dublin, Ireland, where a treasure trove of study opportunities and internships await you. As the modern business landscape is all about globalization, international markets, and benefiting the public good, there’s never been a better time to jumpstart your career with an internship at a small-to-medium organization or study experience abroad.

Choose to study only at any of our three academic partners:
Trinity College Dublin (Semester Study Only)
University College Dublin (Semester Study Only)
Dublin Business School (Semester & Summer Internships and Summer Study Programs)

Along with semester and summer internship options, the FIE Dublin Summer Irish Studies: Business & Culture program is a unique opportunity to experience the Emerald Isle during shorter-term study focusing on Irish politics and culture, complete with two included weekends away to the west of Ireland and Northern Ireland - sláinte!

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Program Highlights

  • Co-curricular activities take you to the city's historic museums, theaters, and cultural centers
  • Exciting and engaging courses on Irish history, politics, and culture
  • Gain international internship experience
  • INCLUDED weekend study tour to Northern Ireland (Belfast, Giants Causeway)
  • INCLUDED weekend study tour to the West of Ireland (Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands, Galway)

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Program Reviews

9.25 Rating
based on 24 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 91.67%
  • 7-8 rating 8.33%
  • 5-6 rating 0%
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  • Growth 7.3
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 8.1
  • Housing 8.9
  • Safety 9.4
  • Academics 6.8
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.3
  • Housing 9
  • Safety 9.5
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Amanda
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An Awesome Program

This partnership with the Foundation for International Education was a life-changing experience. I grew both as a student and as a person. As a student, I had to relearn how to time manage longer academic days than I'm used to with completing assigned work and wanting to experience a new country. As a person, I developed more independence, since this was the first time I was out of the country and I was alone too. I would definitely recommend this program to other students because the students who attend will be changed for the better.

The outside activities that I participated in were very fun. I enjoyed the day at the farm and the tour around The Liberties. The farm opened my eyes to a new side of Ireland that I had seen in the previous weeks. The tour of The Liberties was a great way to connect and learn about the area I stayed in while abroad.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The views. They were more beautiful than I had imagined and that was surprising. I also did not expect the Bog Jumping Day to be so fun. The Bog Jump is a must-do at Causey Farm!
4 people found this review helpful.
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Michaela
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

FIE Dublin: Semester Study Abroad Program

My time in Dublin was absolutely amazing! My goals during this experience included trying new things, travelling as much as possible, and convincing someone that I was Irish (my red hair made this pretty easy). Because of the opportunities that FIE was able to offer me, I was able to accomplish all of these goals. FIE puts on two weekend trips to Galway and Northern Ireland. These two trips were probably my favorite trips I took the whole semester. My favorite memory from the Galway trip was when we took a ferry out to the island, Inis Mór. I was able to go outside on the back of this ferry and hang on to the railing as the giant waves splashed me and my friends. I will never forget this and other memories I made while I was in Ireland. There were plenty of other opportunities for me to travel around Dublin as well as the rest of Ireland. Being located in the city center was great because I was able to do things I never would have imagined of doing in the suburbs of Minnesota that I currently live in. I would not trade this experience for anything in the world and I can't wait to go back to Ireland some day.

What was your funniest moment?
The funniest moment from my travelling expereince was when I went to a local pub with some friends and tried out karaoke. I was really nervous to sing in front of a bunch of strangers, but I reminded myself that one of my goals during this semester was to try new things and go outside of my comfort zone. This definitely fulfilled that goal. My singing was definitely not going to win any awards, but I definitely will never forget that memory.
9 people found this review helpful.
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Sarah
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Wonderful End to My Undergraduate College Career!

This was a spectacular semester! We went to so many incredible places. Everyone on the Fighting Words Dublin team was so supportive and helpful whenever we needed it. I also loved having my internship. Through that experience, I definitely felt like I became a part of the Irish community. It was so incredible to be able to work with schools and I feel like I learned so many skills and gained confidence that I will use later on when I become a teacher. It was great living in the bustling city center of Dublin. It was a great experience and all of the classes were very interesting. I learned so much about Irish history! I loved going to so many museums and trips. It was great having planned tours so I was able to learn so much about Irish History. I also loved being able to go and travel to see so many spectacular places in Ireland and truly get to experience the great beauty and archaeological wonders in Ireland!

10 people found this review helpful.
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Carmen
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Dublin with FIE

My semester in Dublin was amazing. Located near city center, most of the city is within walking distance from your flat. My semester included an internship which was a great opportunity to experience Irish culture from a different angle.
Dublin has everything from theater to live music to your neighborhood pub. It is home to many museums (like the Natural History Museum and the Archeology Museum) and Phoenix Park both of which are great places to just walk around or take a few hours and really see it all.
Study Tours to Northern Ireland and Galway were great ways to see other parts of the country with our group but there was also plenty of time for independent travel and city exploration. Make sure to take a few weekends to explore the rest of Ireland! The Ring of Kerry and Cork are both great places to visit.
The FIE staff are very helpful and friendly. They will help you make Dublin your own and be a friendly face as you explore this new culture.

11 people found this review helpful.
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Becky
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Lovin’ Dublin

My semester in Dublin was everything I could have asked for and more. The people, the city, and the Guinness really made this experience for me. Everyone was so friendly- like your long lost cousin. If I could do it again, I would make a point to meet more people and hear their stories (the Irish are the best at telling stories). Dublin is a fairly expensive city, which can make going to pubs every night get pretty spendy, but there are plenty of things other than pubs to do in the city, so keep your options open.
My experience in Ireland really helped me put the world and it’s size into perspective. Ireland is so small especially compared to the United States. Coming back to the US, this was something that I’ve kept in my mind every time I meet someone new.
Some tips: get a leap card and use the buses- first they can be really confusing but they are super helpful. Also with a leap card, take the dart outside of the city. Some of my favorite days were spent in Howth and Dunlogaire. Get out of the city center and see what the greater Dublin area has to offer!

What would you improve about this program?
Our program didn’t give us much exposure to Irish students. Mostly we were with other international students and Irish adults. It was difficult to meet people outside of pubs, but if we were set up to meet students in a different setting, it might have allowed us to make more lasting friendships with locals.
11 people found this review helpful.
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Brett
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

FIE does a wonderful job

I cannot say enough positive things about my experience with Foundation for International Education (FIE) in Dublin. (I was abroad in Spring 2018.) The city was fun and easy to navigate anywhere on foot. Additionally, I completed an internship as part of the program which was a great way to immerse myself into the local culture while also building professional skills.

Three points that come to mind about my experience are the accommodations, the excursions, and the FIE staff.

We lived in the Binary Hub student housing, and the quality of the apartments we were in far exceeded my expectation when I applied to study abroad. You get your own individual bedroom and bathroom/shower and share a kitchen and living area with others (mine was a 5-person). Almost everywhere we wanted to go in Dublin was less than a 30-minute walk, and groceries were only 5 minutes away.

The included excursions in the Dublin program helped me get to see so much more of Ireland. We went on two weekend-long trips to Northern Ireland and to the west. We had a great instructor on the bus with us to tell us all about what we were seeing. FIE also organized several small day trips as well as events around Dublin at a discounted rate.

Finally, the FIE staff is incredible. They were as nice as could be, helpful, fun, and caring. Their office is at the ground floor of Binary Hub, and we found ourselves stopping in on our way in or out of our building just to say hi and chat. They are always there to answer questions/concerns, but they never were overbearing. There also were two student life assistants who lived in apartments near us who were on call in the evenings and weekends to help us, and they couldn’t have been nicer.

I attended Dublin Business School (DBS) and took classes that count toward my business major in the U.S. I was expecting to be with Irish students but was surprised that wasn’t the case—DBS is a highly international school with many students studying abroad from other European countries. So while I didn’t get to study with people from Ireland, it was fun to meet people from all around Europe.

All in all, I would highly recommend the Dublin program and FIE to anyone looking to go abroad. I felt independent yet never alone or lost without help. Being in a city with a large international airport also helped me see more of Europe as I flew to other countries several times on weekends or reading week. I wish I could do it all over again!

11 people found this review helpful.
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Alec
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Can't wait to go back

I truly cannot say enough positive things about this program. As cliche as it sounds, my semester in Dublin was easily the most life changing four months of my life. Nothing quite prepares you for how challenging it is to abandon everything familiar and immerse yourself in a new social and academic culture. But with this great challenge comes and immense payoff. I think I grew more as a person from this single semester than all of my semesters of college combined.

While the entire program was excellent, there were two things that, for me, really made it stand out. The first was the study tours and extracurricular activities. While classroom learning is great, the opportunity to immerse oneself in the culture and the country itself is invaluable and unforgettable. The study tours were a fantastic opportunity to see more of the country we called home for a short time and also brought to life many of the things we'd learned in the classroom. Ireland is also such a beautiful country that, aside from being academically valuable, the study tours were awe inspiring for their beauty as well.

The second thing that brought this program to the next level was the personal contact with the FIE staff. Dublin stole my heart from the very beginning, but it was this individual and hands on contact that really made it feel like home. FIE staff were always available via a variety of platforms if we had any questions, concerns, or just wanted someone to chat with. They were genuinely invested in our experience and that made all the difference.

This semester abroad was eye opening and life changing in more ways than one. I walked away with a better understanding of myself, a new career path (international education), useful and marketable skills, and a greater understanding of the world around me, and for this I am extremely grateful.

9 people found this review helpful.
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Andrea
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

So much to say, so little time...

My experience with FIE in Dublin was more than anything I could have asked for and I am having a hard time with how to begin. Dublin is filled with some of the greatest and friendliest people I have ever encountered and the staff at FIE is definitely included in this group. From the moment I stepped off the plane their smiling faces were there ready to support me in my study abroad experience and I cannot thank them enough for everything they did. Thanks to them I was able to explore all corners of Ireland, experience international classes, take my learning outside of the classroom with my internship, and do it all with newfound friends. I am so thankful for my experience in Dublin and have memories and lessons that will last me a lifetime.

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing I can complain about is the housing. While it was livable, it had a few inconveniences that could use improvement. However, FIE was also helpful with helping us resolve these issues as they came up.
10 people found this review helpful.

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