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DCU International Summer School

“It was an awesome experience. I would return in a heartbeat.”

– Louis, DCUISS 2017

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– Join us in Dublin for June 2019

Four weeks of classes, workshops and field trips tailored to you.

– Study in one of Ireland’s top universities

DCUISS is Ireland’s newest and most innovative summer school

– Earn up to 6 US Credits

Each class has 45 hours of teaching with 3 credits transfer.

– Be taught by DCU faculty

Learn about Ireland through its best schools, businesses, living history and incredible places.

– Build your own summer school

Choose two out of the five classes we offer.


“This was the best experience I have ever had. I fell in love with the culture, history, and people of Ireland and I would not trade this experience for anything else in the world.”


– Ryan, DCUISS 2017


Why DCU?

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DCU is the only Irish university ranked by the Times Higher Education Top 100 Under 50, and in the QS Top 50 under 50

The safe and modern campus is just twenty minutes north of Dublin city centre and twenty minutes from the airport.

The summer school classes take place on the historic and gorgeous All Hallows Campus.

You’ll be staying at the equally lovely St. Patrick’s campus, just a few minute’s walk away.


“I learned how to do a presentation and interview”
– Samantha, DCUISS 2017


DCU workshop“I got more practice in presenting, analyzing, and synthesizing information.” 
– Ryan, DCUISS 2017


“I developed the ability to work well with others and adapt in any situation”
MaylingDCUISS 2017


“I learned more about myself outside the classroom than in.”

– Joseph, DCUISS 2017

Build your own summer school

choose your school

This isn’t a one-size-fits-all program.

You can customise your summer school based on your major and interest, by choosing 2 from these 5 courses:

Mobile and Social Journalism

Media in Irish Society

Irish Politics, Society and Culture




Course outline


Mobile and Social Journalism



This is a rare opportunity to study the cutting edge of digital journalism.

Mobile journalism (MoJo) and social media are the newest skills required in today’s multi-platform newsroom, and we’ll help you develop them.

You’ll learn to gather, edit and file news content with just a smartphone, and also how to curate social media on platforms such as Storify.

Explore how social media can be a powerful platform both for publishing news and as a news source, as well as for branding, research, and verification.

Field trips have included visits to photography and national galleries, Facebook’s European Headquarters in Dublin, the offices of a leading Irish newspaper, and Ardmore Film Studios.

If you’re fascinated by new media formats, how stories spread on social networks, and where journalism and technology collide, this is the course for you.

“It was absolutely incredible and the month almost disappears it goes by so quickly”.
MatthiasDCUISS 2017


Media in Irish Society



Learn the theory and practice of communications, media and journalism before applying it to the particular Irish landscape.

You’ll trace the history of Irish journalism, from the influence of the Catholic Church to emerging news platforms.

Students love exploring the development of Irish film, and how Ireland’s literary traditions influence cinema today.

The course will also focus on Irish Culture and changing Irish identity, and environmental sustainability in Ireland.

Workshops offer you the chance to create some media of your own: through radio, photography, filmmaking and a ‘newsroom’.

If you’re looking for an alternative way to explore Irish history, or if you’re just a film buff, this course is for you.

“This wonderful program exceeded my expectations. By choosing this program you will make lifetime friends while having the time of your life.”

– Kelsey, DCUISS 2017


Irish Politics, Society and Culture


This is your chance to learn about contemporary Ireland (Northern Ireland and the Republic) and the politics, society and culture that shaped it.

This module is an extraordinary collection of workshops, guest lectures and field trips which explore Ireland through insider knowledge and narrative.

You’ll meet former political prisoners involved in the conflict on your trip to Northern Ireland, along with people involved in the peace process.

You’ll explore the history of Gaelic Games and see how these sports celebrate Irish identity in the national stadium of Croke Park.

There will be a visit to the Glasnevin cemetery; the final resting place of many notable Irish figures including Michael Collins, Brendan Behan and Luke Kelly.

Other field trips may include the historic Kilmainham Jail and the Irish parliament.

If you’re a history major or just fascinated by Irish history and society, this course is for you.

“There is no better way of preparing for the real word then experiencing studying abroad with individuals who look, act, and think differently than you do.”

– Mayling, DCUISS 2017




Explore the key issues around innovation and product design.

Through a balance of seminal literature and field trips, you’ll learn about the techniques and studies around innovation.

You’ll also understand the various factors that affect the market adoption of an innovation, and the effects of breakthrough products and incremental innovations on the market.

This course focuses on both the start-up climate and organisational innovation.

Field trips will bring you into real businesses to learn how they develop new products around design thinking.

Workshops will allow students to conceptualise new product innovation by applying customer-centric design principles.  Teams will present their concept and diffusion strategy.

If you’re interested in start-ups, R&D, design thinking, and business strategy, don’t miss this course.


“I learned so much about a new culture and saw a different country for the first time. Getting to study abroad is really a once in a lifetime opportunity and I loved it!”


– Delaney, DCUISS 2017


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Where you’ll stay

Accommodation will be on DCU’s campus, just a short walk from classes.

The are bright, spacious single rooms are modern and purpose-built for students.

Of course there’s Wi-Fi or internet access and a desk, as well as shared bathrooms and weekly linen changes.

Each housing facility also has a fully equipped kitchen, if you want to cook for yourself.

There are plenty of grocery stores, banks and access to public transport around campus, and you’ll always feel safe with 24/7 security.

The details

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When: 3 – 30 June 2019
Costs: €4525 includes single room, on-campus accommodation, meals, 4-week public transport card and all tuition

€3990 without meals

Not included: Airfare, passport or visa fees, spending money, materials for courses, and international health insurance (required)*.

A deposit of €500 Euros is due upon acceptance and is non-refundable.

Payment is due six weeks before the arrival date.

*If a student’s home institution provides international health insurance, this requirement will be waived. If a student’s home institution does not provide international health insurance, student will be automatically enrolled in our preferred provider.

They will pay directly upon arrival in Ireland. Please check with your home institution about using federal financial aid towards your programme costs.

Entry Requirements 

  • 2.5 GPA
  • Good academic and behavioral standing at home institution
  • Up-to-date passport or ability to obtain a passport prior to programme start date

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