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St. Patrick's College in Dublin

Dates | Costs | Location | Activities | Courses | Language | Eligibility
Housing and Meals | Application | Visa | Photos

St. Patrick’s College, located in Dublin Ireland, is a medium-sized College of Education with over 2,000 students taking courses in Education and Humanities at the undergraduate and graduate levels. It has numerous international connections throughout Europe, with many international students counted among its student population.

Visit the International Student Office webpage for complete information.



Fall Application Deadline: March 12
Fall Semester: view website

Spring Application Deadline: October 1
Spring Semester: view website


Students participating in exchange will pay tuition and fees to UNC. They will pay all other expenses in the host country. The budget given in US dollars is an estimate and is subject to change dependent on exchange rates. Tuition and fees estimates below are based on in-state residency rates with COF. Students will be billed at their current tuition rate.

Click here for the most current exchange rate.

All costs are estimated based on a five-month semester.

Program Fees (billed through UNC account)

Tuition and Fees


International Health Insurance


Study Abroad/Exchange Admin Fee


TOTAL Program Fee


Estimated Additional Expenses (not billed to student account)

Housing and Meals
(housing and 200 Euro housing deposit must be paid for in full upon arrival)




Passport/Visa/Required Documents/Photos/Immunizations


In-country Health Insurance


Texts/Course Materials


Essential Daily Living Expenses


TOTAL Estimated Additional Expenses (without spending money)


Additional Spending Money & Personal Travel
 (not included in financial aid calculation)

$1,500 – $2,500

The above estimated total expenses are used to help plan and prepare for the program, as well as calculate eligibility for financial aid.  Not all students will incur all the expenses above.  Note that the last line is not considered a necessary expense and is not included in the total for financial aid purposes.  All amounts listed are estimates and are subject to change depending on international economic factors, past participant reports, and on-site staff reports.  Student expenditures in-country depends greatly on personal spending habits, post- or during-program travel, and available funds.


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.

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for information about Dublin
Click here for information about studying in Ireland


The St. Pat’s student union organizes a large variety of clubs and social events. The International Office organizes at least one field trip per semester.

Visit St. Patrick's College Student Union website here.


St. Patrick’s College offers courses in Education, English, French, Gaelic, History, Geography, Mathematics, Music, and Biology.

Click here for a listing of Education courses. All education courses are valued at 2.5 US credits.

St. Patrick's College uses the ECTS credit system. Therefore, students will need to enroll in a minimum of 24 ECTS credits to be considered a full-time UNC student. 1 ECTS credit = .5 (1/2) UNC credit. Education courses are valued at 5 ECTS each. Students must request to take all their courses for a grade by discussing this with their professors at St. Pat's.

Language of Instruction


Eligibility and Availability

This program is limited to Education majors. There are 4-5 exchange spots available each semester. This is a highly competitive program.

Students may only apply for one semester. Students will be selected for exchange based upon GPA and quality of essay. To be eligible to apply students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and must have completed at least one semester of courses at UNC.

Housing and Meals

Accommodations in residence halls is VERY limited.

Students who stay in the international residence hall will stay on campus. Lunch is served at the College Canteen Monday through Friday and food can be cooked in the communal kitchen inside the residence hall. Bed linens can be supplied and laundered for you at an additional 5 Euro/wk or you can bring them or purchase them in Dublin upon arrival.

Students are permitted to move in to their campus accommodation just a few days before orientation and are required to depart after exams.

The cost of a room in one of the College residences is EURO 97 per week. On arrival you will be issued with an invoice from the Finance Office for the full duration of the term. Please note that this should be paid directly into the bank when you receive the Invoice. Accommodation cannot be paid for in cash.

Rooms must be paid for from the first day of your arrival and the entire Erasmus study visit. Refunds are not payable in the event of any absence from College i.e. travel during your stay in St Patrick's College.

Click here for more information about housing and meals.


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 St. Patrick's College.


Students do not need to apply for visas in advance. They can enter Ireland with their U.S. passport for a period of 90 days. Students will receive a signed letter by the university stating that they will be studying at St. Pat's for the duration of the semester, which is what they will present to immigration in Dublin Airport. They will need to get their visas extended once they arrive. Students have 30 days to register after they arrive in Ireland. St. Patrick’s College will provide more information.

Due to visa regulations, students are advised NOT TO TRAVEL VIA LONDON.

For more information, visit here.


West CoastWest Irish Coast (Photo courtesy of Amy Kelly)

CollegeSt. Patrick'ss College (Photo courtesy of Amy Kelly)

Grafton St
Walking on Grafton Street (Photo courtesy of Amy Kelly)

DUB at NightDublin at Night (Photo courtesy of Christina Rebik)

Irish PubA traditional Irish Pub (Photo courtesy of Christina Rebik)

Temple BarThe Temple Bar (Photo courtesy of Christina Rebik)

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