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DCU International Summer School

“The program was filled with exciting stuff you get to do and there are several trips for you to attend. The program does a great job showing you, and teaching you about Ireland and the people.”

-Kobi, DCUISS 2018

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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.


“I feel like this program allowed me to make the most of my short time in Ireland and open my mind to new experiences. I know that this trip has shaped me and allowed me to become more independent.”

– Mary, DCUISS 2018


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

DCU is one of only two European universities to be designated as a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U, an initiative that encourages social entrepreneurship in higher education. DCU is now recognised for achievements in this area alongside other Changemaker Campuses such as Brown University, Duke University and Cornell University.

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.

“Learn International is amazing at making this program fun for everyone, regardless of major, finances, or social skill. It was a great experience overall, and I would definitely do it again.”
– Crys, DCUISS 2018


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“The field trips and excursions are amazing. Most of your thoughts about Ireland will be changed for the better.”
JordenDCUISS 2018



“Ireland is the place to be and everyone should study abroad here, no matter what you are studying.”

– Meghan, DCUISS 2018

Courses offered

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Media in Irish Society

Irish Politics, Society and Culture








Course outline


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 could not have been a better first time abroad, thank you!”

– Mercy, DCUISS 2018


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.

“The history class was perfect. All of the professors were so nice, helpful, and patient with us. They were always flexible and willing to work around our schedule..”

– Emily, DCUISS 2018

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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.

Meal plan is included in the price of the program.

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: 2- 29 June 2019
Costs: €4525.00 (meal plan included in price)

Application Deadline: April 26th, 2019

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

A deposit of €500 Euros is due upon acceptance to hold your place in the programme.  This is non-refundable and comes off the final programme fee.

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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