Study Abroad in Dublin, Ireland
Dublin City University (DCU) is a medium-sized College of Education with over 16,000 students. With numerous international connections throughout Europe, DCU has more than 2,000 international students taking courses in Education and the Humanities at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Dublin is the largest city and capital of Ireland. Dublin is a city full of history stemming from a period of almost 1900 years of continuous human habitation. It is the cultural center of Ireland, known for its nightlife, museums, theatres, sports, and literature.
Activities & Excursions
The DCU student union offers a wide variety of clubs and societies for students. With more than 100 clubs, there's something of interest for anyone. The International Office also usually organizes at least one field trip per semester. Other events might include a tour of Dublin City, coffee & tea meetups, Thanksgiving Breakfast, or a Christmas party.
Students must first complete the UNC Study Abroad application. Applications will be evaluated and selections will be made immediately after the application deadline. Once nominated, students will be required to complete on online application directly to Dublin City University.
- Spring Deadline: September 29
- Spring Semester: January/February - May (tentative)
- Fall Deadline: March 11
- Fall Semester: September - January
DCU offers courses in Education, English, French, Gaelic, History, Geography, Mathematics, Music, and Biology.
NOTE: DCU is now offering a new summer program - DCU International Summer School. Students can earn up to 6 credits, and the program would be suitable for students studying Business, Communications, Journalism/Media, or Political Science.
After accepting the offer of placement at DCU, the student will receive information on how to register for courses online.
Language of Instruction
DCU uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). With this system, 6 ECTS credits is typically equivalent to 3 UNC credit hours. Students will likely take between 24-30 ECTS during one term at DCU, which is roughly equivalent to 12-15 credit hours.
For information on DCU's grading system, please review the section for Ireland here.
DCU requests that students arrive one week prior to the start of classes in order to attend an Orientation.
Orientation includes information about the DCU campuses, an optional course registration period, and other important information sessions for international students.
The DCU school system runs from September to May, with 2 separate terms.
September - January January/February - May
To be eligible to apply, students must:
have at least a 3.0 GPA (competitive)
have completed two semesters or 24 credits at UNC
be an Education major
This program is limited to Education majors.
There are a limited number of spaces available each year. This is a highly competitive program. Students will be nominated for exchange based on their GPA and the quality of their essay.
Students may apply for one semester only. Students interested in applying for a full academic year, please contact the Study Abroad Office.