IES Abroad- Dublin City Uni., Trinity, The National Theatre School
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IES Abroad- Dublin City Uni., Trinity, The National Theatre School

You won’t need the luck of the Irish to have an unforgettable study abroad experience in Dublin. By directly enrolling at Dublin City University (DCU), Trinity College Dublin, or The National Theatre School of Ireland (Gaiety School of Acting), you’ll have the joy of befriending the Irish, who are known for their hospitality. You’ll feel more at home knowing that Dublin has a young population (more than half of the city is under 25).

Dublin rewards the independent spirit with a diverse culture and a wide range of educational opportunities.

Our partner universities offer a wide variety of challenging courses. These programs appeal primarily to those students who are ready for the challenge of adapting to an entirely new academic culture that requires significant independent work.

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Hi Cara! After studying abroad in Ireland, I definitely wished I had the opportunity to be there longer or spend my whole college career there. I would suggest looking into international programs to enroll into for certain colleges in Ireland, like University College Dublin or Trinity College. That way, you'd just be an international student at the college for your entire college career instead of...

Program Reviews

based on 25 reviews
  • Academics 8.6
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 8.9
  • Housing 9.6
  • Safety 9.6
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Study in Dublin

I went abroad with the hope of making new friends, Irish and American, and IES direct enrollment at Trinity provided the perfect environment for that. The housing IES placed us in was really impressive and comfortable with extremely sweet Resident Assistants. There were different excursions to go on around Ireland that helped build a close-knit community among us visiting students, and the staff that led the excursions were awesome and knowledgeable. I loved the informal and supportive interactions I always had with the IES Dublin staff. As for the academics, Trinity was the perfect school for me. My professors were enthusiastic and brilliant, and the direct enrollment allowed us to easily meet Irish students and make some friends along the way. The rain took some getting used to, but I think most of us embraced it after a few weeks. Dublin a beautiful city but not in the way that places like Paris or Florence are, most of the richness is within the people and the culture--seek it out!

Yes, I recommend
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Craic and Banter

I was a student at Trinity for the 2014 Hilary Term, and I was really impressed by the housing IES secured for my peers and me. Not only was it spacious enough to comfortably house four, it was also only a 5 minute walk to campus. The program leaders made sure to check in with us on a regular basis and our RAs made sure to plan fun and authentic outings for us at least once a month (my favorite was going to see a Gaelic Football match at Croke Park). Trinity has a strong academic program that is largely pushed by student initiative (my department, Theology, did not have continuous assessment like its American counterpart), which I appreciated because it allowed me the freedom to work homework around my travel schedule. Also, because I was directly enrolled in the college, I had the opportunity to make a lot of Irish friends, which was my favorite part of my time abroad.

Yes, I recommend
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Trinity College Dublin, direct enrollment program

After a good amount of consideration, I decided to apply in the fall of my third year of college for a semester in Ireland. I chose IES because of their direct enrollment program at Trinity College Dublin, and am so glad that I did! Trinity is famous for its academic excellence and history, both of which were important to me. I wanted to really make the most of my time abroad, adding to my academic credentials as well as having the time of my life. IES made this possible, placing me in convenient and comfortable housing, introducing all of the program members to one another, and helping us adjust to life and class-work in a new country. Between the IES staff and the program-members, we formed a close-knit, supportive, and adventurous community. We were all encouraged to take full advantage of this adventure, travelling all over the country, including on program-run field trips, and learning about all of the exciting opportunities available in Dublin itself. I fell in love with that city, and with all of Ireland, and really have to thank IES for making my study abroad experience so wonderful.

Yes, I recommend
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TCD Full Year

As a full year, direct enrollment student at TCD I was put into college housing with other international students. I lived in Rathmines, about fifteen minutes walking distance away from the IES centre, so it was always nearby if I need it, although I only went there a couple of times toward the end of the year. Most of my experience abroad was independent of IES' programming; since I was the only full year, I wasn't as involved with the center as the people who had orientation there. When I did need help, the staff there were great.

Classes at Trinity are very different to classes in America, most of all in terms of grading. It was uncomfortable to adjust to the concept of one assignment determining your entire grade for a course, but it did change the way I approached coursework. The professors at Trinity were amazing and I enjoyed all the courses I took there.

Living in Dublin was incredible; it has all the charms of a historic town and all the perks of a big city. The major difficulty with living there was in the general cost of everything. The exchange rate from the dollar to the euro is bad for the dollar, and Dublin is expensive on top of that. Budgeting is important for living there, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

How can this program be improved?

I would have liked to have been informed about how many of the humanities and social sciences rely on only one assignment to grade for a course. I wasn't aware of that going into it, and it was a pretty nasty shock.

Yes, I recommend
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Absolutely Recommend IES

From the beginning, at the airport, the IES staff was available and helpful. Prior to leaving, they gave a very detailed online orientation to get you the basics of Ireland and how life would be there. Housing was very nice - I was in the DCU program, and we each had our own room with an in-suite bathroom, within a 5 minute walk to campus. From the Trinity students, they live in very nice houses, but share rooms for the most part. The academics are very different from the US academic programs, but they are very clear as to what they expect, and the program will give you plenty of time to travel around both Ireland and Europe. The social life was great, and hand-in-hand, so was the safety. I was never uncomfortable walking back to my apartment at night, as a woman. The IES staff was incredible with organizing dinners for the group and outings to experience Ireland more thoroughly. Additionally, they were always there in case of emergency, and gave great advice. Overall, the experience was fantastic, and I believe that choosing to go with IES helped me fall in love Ireland even more so. I cannot wait to go back, and I cannot stop recommending IES and DCU to other students.

Yes, I recommend
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Amazing Semester in Dublin--Trinity College Dublin

I have nothing but great things to say about my program in Dublin. IES organized housing for the students; I lived with 4 other girls in a comfortable apartment in Ballsbridge (a safe neighborhood with lots to do, 10 minutes from Trinity College Dublin). Aside from the prestige of the university, one of the benefits of Trinity is that it is in the heart of Dublin. Many restaurants, theaters, pubs, and shops are within walking distance from Trinity. In terms of academics, Trinity is very welcoming to international students, especially the history, art, and writing departments. What really made my semester special was meeting locals and international students from all over Europe. I met students through the clubs I joined, which I highly recommend. I joined the hiking club, soccer team, and co-ed choir, activities which I don't have as much time for at my home University. In addition to the school, living in Dublin was an enriching experience. I loved getting to know a new city! The IES staff were always willing to give us suggestions of places to visit in the Dublin area and throughout the country.

How can this program be improved?

I absolutely loved my program, but I would have liked more transparency in the academic system. I had extreme difficulty finding out how to navigate Trinity's academic system (even after directly contacting advisors at Trinity) before my program started. It was a challenge just to find out which courses were available in a given semester, and what pre-requisites were necessary for enrollment. The education system and course structure at Trinity are very different than in the U.S., so it would be very helpful to have resources available before the start of the program.

Yes, I recommend
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Best Semester

I studied at Trinity College Dublin through IES Abroad. The IES staff was very helpful - they brought me to the urgent care clinic when I sprained my wrist! I got to live with other students on my program, so it was nice to have that social group within my larger experience in Ireland. The academics at Trinity were wonderful. I took four English courses, and all of my professors were always engaged and interesting. Dublin itself is a great city to study in. It's large enough that there's always something going on, but not so large that it's unmanageable.

How can this program be improved?

Registration at Trinity was very stressful. It's helpful to go in with an idea of what you want to do, but be flexible!

Yes, I recommend
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You won't regret a semester with IES Dublin!

I have hardly any complaints about my semester spent with IES in Dublin. Dublin is a perfect sized city filled with culture, parks, museums, pubs, and even a castle. The people were friendly, and it was rare to go to a restaurant or even hop in a cab without having a great conversation with an Irish local. IES Dublin is filled with some the most amazing people I have ever met. The professors were some of the most genuine I have ever had, and I loved learning all about Irish culture. The staff was truly dedicated to making sure we had the best time possible during our time there. They were there for any suggestion, problem, or help that I needed. They even took us to a field trip to an Irish farm where we got to learn a jig, bake Irish bread, walk through a bog, and practice the sport of Hurling. It was the best time of my life where I made friends and memories to last a lifetime!

Yes, I recommend
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IES Dublin City University

I would definitely recommend this program. Studying in Dublin was the best semester of my life. The City is beautiful and the people are so nice. There is so much to do. Dublin City University was a really close community of students. There were constantly fun events going on on campus such as a Summer Ball were they turned the dance floor into a beach, or a seminar with the Guinness Brew-master, or even a Vanilla Ice concert. The IES staff was very friendly and helpful and while they were located in the city center and DCU is north of the city, there came to campus often to check up on us and see how we were doing. We had frequent coffee dates with some of the IES staff members and become pretty close with them. Over all a great experience.

Yes, I recommend
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IES Abroad Dublin - The Best Decision I Ever Made

Get ready for a hard and extremely rewarding semester - you are going to embark on what will undoubtedly be the best 3 months of your life so far. Enjoy every minute - don't sleep in too much, do everything you can, travel often, and immerse yourself in everything Irish. The best candidates for this program are aspiring actors or creative types, and all those who have a penchant for acting/theatre. The teaching methods at an acting school in Ireland are a bit different than in the US, so it took some getting used to. The workload was hard - long days, lots of take-home assignments, but lots of payoff, too. This was the best semester of my life, and I wouldn't change the late nights or the hard work for the world. Just know that you will be taking a varied amount of classes, and each class will require quite a bit of work. Not for slackers! The IES portion of the term was also brilliant - great teacher, interesting topics, and lots of theatre visits - what's there not to love? The entire IES staff are a bunch of ROCK STARS. They are on top of everything, there when you need them 24-7, fixing issues the second they are brought up, and always approachable and wanting to help make your experience the best eve

Yes, I recommend

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