CAPA Dublin: Study & Intern Abroad

Video and Photos

Carrick-a-Rede Bridge
Carrick-a-Rede Bridge
Ballintoy, Ireland
Ballintoy, Ireland
Old Town, Prague
Old Town, Prague
CAPA Students
CAPA Students
County Antrim
County Antrim
Cliffs of Moher
Cliffs of Moher
County Antrim
County Antrim
Temple Bar Dublin, Ireland
Temple Bar Dublin, Ireland

About

History and technology nestle side by side in Europe’s “Silicon Valley”. Dublin is energetic and charming, home to both a thriving youth culture and a mind-blowing past, especially when it comes to literature and music. Centuries-old castles and cathedrals mingle with a vibrant street art scene, trendy restaurants and creative independent shops. Dublin has always been a draw for explorers and still is, as its diversity, global city status and impressive number of international students will attest.

The CAPA Dublin program is based at Griffith College where 77 different nationalities are represented. We are also pleased to offer online study abroad programs and remote global internships. Challenge yourself and go abroad (or online) with us. We have a good feeling that you’ll find a second home and an experience you’ll never forget.

NEW: Fall Flexible Choice Study Abroad & Internship Program

Customize your study abroad experience with fully flexible online and in-country study abroad and internship programs. Choose your adventure and go beyond this fall with our fully flexible global experiences in Florence, London, and Sydney!

Scholarships

CAPA Scholarships
CAPA Scholarships and Financial Aid

Each year, we award $1.5 million in study abroad scholarships, grants and affiliate benefits!

Value
$500 - $5,000

Questions & Answers

The best answer I can give is that it really depends on the program the student is looking at. Some locations and CAPA programs have the capacity to accept and house more students (such as Australia and England), where as others like the Dublin program I went on or the Florence program, tend to have smaller numbers. My abroad group consisted of about 40 students, but that was also a couple years...

Reviews

9.49 Rating
based on 53 reviews
  • Academics 7.8
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 8.7
  • Housing 9
  • Safety 9.3
Showing 1 - 8 of 53
Default avatar
Ryan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Summer in Dublin 2019

I am so glad that I spent my summer 2019 abroad in Dublin, Ireland. It was without a doubt the most fun and adventurous summer I have ever had in my life. The program I was in lasted ten weeks. CAPA did a great job coordinating both my classes and my internship. CAPA was instrumental in setting everything up beforehand (where I would be staying, where I would be taking classes, etc.) as well as maintaining the same helpfulness after we had arrived. Studying at Griffith college was an amazing opportunity and a new experience for me, as I had never taken classes outside of my home university. The university is only about a mile away, which doesn't seem very far after the all of the walking you will inevitably be doing around Dublin. I was also very happy with my internship. CAPA asked me a few questions beforehand regarding my interests and where I would like to be placed. I really enjoyed the company I ended up working for. CAPA also provided everyone with detailed directions on how to navigate the city and get to your internship site, along with bus fares if needed. Lastly, the housing accommodations were very nice. Staycity apartments, where we stayed, is a very nice apartment complex that typically holds four people in two bedrooms, a kitchenette, a small living room, and a balcony.

What would you improve about this program?
There is not much I would improve about this program. I think they did a good job in all aspects of their service. I particularly enjoyed the day-trip to Belfast that was provided by CAPA.
Default avatar
Kendall
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Best Semester. Ever.

I studied in Dublin in the fall of 2019. I was the only student from my college, and I was completely terrified. I had never traveled further than outside the New England area, much less out of the country. In addition to this, I was a first semester senior. So I knew going in that this may be one of my most challenging semesters. Especially in a new academic environment, different from any other I had been exposed to.
Most of my worries and fears stemmed from this. I was petrified that I wouldn’t be able to handle my course load. Since I was a senior, my home institution required that I take 5 courses, as well as an internship while in Dublin. I had already known that I had good time management skills. At home I had taken five classes and worked during one semester. I knew I could do it at home, but I was worried that the cultural differences would make it difficult for me to succeed.
I have never been so happy to be wrong in my life. They say that studying abroad changes you in ways that you’d never imagine. I can say from first hand experience that they are absolutely true. My semester abroad was the best that I have ever had. I ended up becoming friends with everyone in my program! This made my transition and adjustment so much easier. In addition to this, I had the endless support of the CAPA staff in Dublin. If ever I had a question, comment, concern, or just wanted to share something I had learned, they were always there and more than happy to listen.
My courses were some of the best I’ve ever taken while in college. Each lecturer made their class filled with new knowledge in ways that I can apply to my career. We analyzed problems for real-life scenarios, then worked as a group to find real life solutions. As a business major, with hope of one day starting my own business, this is incredibly useful.
My internship was one of my favorite places to be during the week. I worked 15 hours, going to my site four days out of the week. My internship was at a startup Irish fashion company called Tonn. They make specialty T-shirts themed with the beauty of Ireland. I learned so much from being there. The company itself is only made up of four to five people, so I was able to see first hand the ups, downs, joys, and struggles of owning your own business. Here I learned how to plan for the unexpected, when and how to cope with frustrations, as well as when to walk away. In the U.S. I feel we sometimes struggle with this. Sometimes we take on more than we can chew, or get so invested in what we are doing that we can forget how important it is to take a break. My internship and my courses taught me that walking away and taking breaks are essential to success. While we would love to complete a task all at once, it is important to remember that we are not robots. We cannot run, continuously, forever. We are all human, and that is what makes us unique.
They say that studying abroad changes you in ways you can’t imagine. I can say that they are right. My time abroad allowed me to learn more about myself than I ever had before. It allowed me room to grow as a person, and find myself in places I’d never thought I’d be. I have made relationships that will last a lifetime, and I couldn’t be more grateful.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Don't sweat it. Fear will melt when you arrive. Everything will fall into place. Be patient, and have an open mind.
Default avatar
Jack
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

CAPA DUBLIN

An experience of a lifetime! CAPA supported me from the moment I applied to the moment I arrived in Ireland. CAPA made me feel safe and kept me engaged and informed while I was in Dublin. Anyone who wants to study and learn about the culture of Dublin is the place to visit. I learned so much about the history and the culture of Ireland. Be apart of a family and go with someone who will connect and show you the ins and out of the country CAPA is the program to go with! Thank you to everyone who has supported me on this journey.

What would you improve about this program?
The biggest thing that I would approve of this program is making sure students understand the difference between US grading and European grading.
Default avatar
Caroline
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Once-In-A-Lifetime Semester in Dublin

I was so nervous before studying abroad, as I had never been overseas for three months before. Now, I would go again in a heart beat!! CAPA organized an amazing program for all students, with wonderful representatives to help Americans feel comfortable and confident in their abilities while in Dublin.
I was able to meet so many incredible people while abroad, from all corners of the world. As Griffith College was a diverse community of international students, it allowed for a great academic opposition, where my ideas and perspectives were challenged by other students. The 20 other students in the CAPA program were a great deal of fun as well. I lived with 3 other students in the program, and we all got along so well and often spent evenings cooking together and spending our weekends abroad. I personally did not do an internship abroad, which made for some extra free time. Due to this, I travelled a great deal while in Ireland to mainland Europe. This was incredibly doable thanks to the accessibility of Dublin's airport.
Overall, this semester was one full of challenges, growth, and FUN! My semester abroad was easily the best three months of my life, and I would redo the program if I could. CAPA organizes a terrific program for students, and ensures that everyone feels confident, comfortable, and able to take chances while in Ireland. Whether you are branching out and meeting new people, travelling on your own, or taking classes outside of your major, this semester proposes challenges of all kinds that enable students to grow and develop faster than any US University campus. If you have the opportunity to study abroad, choose CAPA Dublin. Most amazing experience of my life.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I missed a train while in Austria to Budapest, and these things are going to happen while abroad. While you are learning the ropes of traveling abroad, you are bound to make some mistakes which include missing flights, trains, etc. It happens, and that's apart of the growing journey. In these moments of panic, remember that you can ask for help! In an airport or train station, there are staff members that are there to help you when problems arise. Therefore, when traveling abroad, don't be afraid to ask for help and be prepared to face some challenges and mistakes. It's a part of the process!
Default avatar
Abby
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

CAPA Dublin Fall 2018

I studied abroad through CAPA’s Dublin program for an entire semester.My two favorite things about CAPA’s program is their opportunity to do an internship and the attention they put towards making you feel like you’re truly apart of a community. There was only about 22 people in the program so we all bonded very quickly. CAPA organized so many events so that everybody could become a second family. From walking tours around Dublin on our first day to weekly lunches, movie and game nights, to thanksgiving dinner to side trips to places like Galway and Belfast. CAPA really put effort into making Dublin feel like a second home. Our three advisors were always there 24/7 to make us feel comfortable and safe our group always called them our Irish mom, dad, and big sister. When I think back to why I loved all of my experiences abroad it’s because of the people I was with.

By far the best part of being in Dublin was my internship. Before going abroad students send their resume and a general cover letter to CAPA and they set you up with a skype interview with an internship.I interned for a non profit organization called Fighting Words which was founded by popular Irish author Roddy Doyle. Fighting Words holds daily creative workshops for primary and secondary students. Students come to Fighting Words on a field trip.
In the morning we had a class of primary school children and I took turns with the other interns to teach the workshop where I would go through the basics and foundations of what a story needs such as a main character, title, plot. The kids worked together to come up with the story and they came up with the funniest things like a main character who is a french fry who’s greatest wish is to get a pet unicorn and is afraid of being dunked in ketchup and then they would break off into tables of 3 to 4 where an intern would sit with them and help them finish writing the story and create illustrations.
In the afternoon the secondary school students came and we’d give them a situation such as you’re both in trouble in the principal’s office but only one of you actually did it and then we’d have them improv a scene. We’d type out their dialogue and then we’d get the class to fill in the gaps and create a story and then they’d also break up into groups with an intern to finish writing their own stories. There was honestly no better feeling than getting a hug from a kid or to hear them walking out saying they wanna come back here everyday. It solidify my future career goals to be in education and work with students.
For doing this internship I got 6 credits and I worked 20 hours a week. Once a week CAPA held a night class where we discussed our internship. We learned how to “sell” our internship during interviews and we had to write reflections on our internship and what we learned about the culture. At the end of the semester we had to do a mock interview where we talked about abroad experience. These assignments and the class were where we earned our 6 credits from.

CAPA requires you to take a minimum of 12 credits so I had to take two classes along with my internship. I actually loved my internship so much that I wished I could’ve done it full time but I really enjoyed my classes as well. The first class I took was called Irish History & Culture. We met once a week for three hours. Each class was a 40 minute lecture about Irish history followed by a 2 hour field trip with in Dublin. These field trips included walking tours, visits to Trinity College, ChristChurch Cathedral, Dublin Castle, the Dublina museum, and the Irish Emigration museum. We were graded on our weekly reflection that were 800 words where we had to tie in the lecture from class to our experience on the field trip. The second class I took was a film studies class that also met once a week for 3 hours. We had an hour long lecture and then used the rest of the class for screening of that week’s film. We went through different units of various film genres such as Italian neorealism, French new wave, and road movies at the end of each unit we were assigned a paper where we picked a film to focus on and show how it exemplified that genre.

Being in Dublin was a memorable, life-changing and magical experience.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
That’s not to say that I didn’t face obstacles in my internship. Some of them were small such as my responsibility to write name tags for all the students. I would get a really Irish name such as Niamh or Aisling or Saorise and not to know how to spell it all. No matter how many times I asked them to say their name again or I tried to sound it out it got misspelled and I’d have to write a new name tag. It was very embarrassing because these were very common names to them.
One of the biggest obstacles was actually transportation. I used Dublin’s public buses to get around and it made me late on my first day of my internship. I had obviously looked up the correct number bus to take to my internship and I was all happy when I got in so proud I’d conquered it only to realize the bus was going in the wrong direction. I had forgot that in Ireland they drive on the wrong side of the road so I got on the correct number bus but I was on the opposite side of the road and got on the wrong loop of the bus. I called my supervisor in a panic and she completely understood but it was still stressful. In fact I was so overwhelmed about being late on my first day that I didn’t remember how I got to my internship once it was time to leave. The gps on my phone was being finnicky and I was literally walking through backroads and side street searching for a bus stop. I had no idea where I was and the location on the gps wasn’t moving and I couldn’t retrace my steps. It was only my first day but I like started crying in the middle of the street and I was ready to call my mom and tell her to pick me up I was like mom I don’t know where I am and I’m alone but you have to come find me and take me home. I eventually found a main road and a bus stop and it was fine but It really felt like the end of the world for five minutes. By the end of my time in Dublin that bus ride had become routine and I could do it with my eyes closed
My transportation issues didn’t stop there. A couple weeks later on the day I was supposed to lead the workshop for the first time I missed the bus I usually took. Most days I get to my internship early to help set up the space such as pencils and paper, but because of the bus I was going to get there just in time. However since I always got there so early all of my co workers and supervisors were worried about me. So my supervisor went to call me but all of my information sheets only had my American phone numbers and not my Irish number so my supervisor called the landline of my house and woke my mom up because of the time difference. Luckily I walked in while my supervisor was still on the phone with my mom. Later my supervisor asked me if I was nervous to lead the workshop and I said no honestly more nervous my mom is gonna yell at me on facetime for waking her up so early.
Default avatar
Katherine
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

CAPA in Dublin Summer 2019

I studied abroad in Dublin through the UF in Dublin program through the CAPA Program. I would recommend this program to anyone. I got the opportunity to have an internship abroad, take classes at UF and in Dublin, and got to be immersed in the culture. This program lets you have the opportunity to see the everyday life of a local, partake in weekly festivals, and travel Europe at such an affordable cost. CAPA had an amazing amount of workers abroad that were so friendly and there for me at all times. They gave us weekly newsletters letting us know what was going on around the city while also having us get the chance to see the Gaelic football stadium of Dublin. Our entire program went to a game and it was an amazing experience. I would 100% recommend this program to anyone.

What would you improve about this program?
I would have more excursions through the program and allow more opportunities to get involved in the program.
Default avatar
Clare
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Perfect opportunity to both study and intern abroad

I really enjoyed my time with CAPA in Dublin. During the application process, they were really hands on and worked one on one with me to make sure I was not confused. The only issue I had was that it took a long time for my internship placement. I did not have my placement until the week that I left for Ireland. Other than that, it was all good. I ended up loving my internship at a water-sports company doing social media and marketing. I loved the Global Cities class and loved learning the history of Dublin while exploring it as well. I feel confident that my experience interning will give me that little extra on my resume. They took us to Belfast which was amazing. I also had plenty of time to travel all over Ireland and Scotland as well. I would recommend this program to someone who wants to both study and intern abroad.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I was nervous about getting around Dublin because I had never really used public transportation but CAPA gave us a leap card and I figured it out really quickly.
Default avatar
Hannah
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Study Abroad in Dublin

My experience in Dublin while studying abroad with CAPA was decent. I enjoyed the city of Dublin and I enjoyed the environment. However, there was no anything special about the class that went along with the CAPA program. I will say that the professor who taught the course was very knowledgeable and kind, but I didn't learn anything I can use in my profession. The internship placement could have also been better for a lot of students including myself did not have a productive time interning. Some days I felt like I could have had just as great of an experience if I had gone to Ireland without participating in the CAPA program. However, the things that were great were really great (housing, transportation cards, newsletters, etc.) and those reasons made the trip worth it.

What was your funniest moment?
My funniest moment was when I took the bus the wrong way and ended up in the mountains when I was supposed to be headed to the city.