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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. 

Learn more about Student Activities

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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.

Course Registration

After accepting the offer of placement at DCU, the student will receive information on how to register for courses online.

Language of Instruction

  • English

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.


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.

  • Visa

    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 DCU 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. Dublin City University will provide more information.

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    Learn more about student visas to Ireland

  • Costs

    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.

    All costs are based on a five-month semester

  • Housing & Meals

    Exchange students at DCU are required to find housing independently.

    There are a limited number of spaces available in campus residences. For information on applying and costs, as well as the variety of campus residences and apartments available, please check DCU Accommodation.

    For off-campus apartments, please check the Shanowen Square and Shanowen Hall sites. A searchable list of private rentals is also available here.

    error_outline For campus residences, typically the full amount of rent, plus a $350 deposit, are due upon arrival.

  • Program Fees (billed to student's Bear account)

    Tuition & Fees


    International Health Insurance


    Study Abroad/Exchange Admin Fee


    Total Program Fees


  • Estimated Additional Expenses (not billed to student's account)

    The below 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.

    Housing & Meals




    Passport/Visa/Required Documents/Photos/Immunizations


    In-country Health Insurance


    Test/Course Materials
    Essential Daily Living Expenses (some expenses included in Housing/Meals above)
    Total Estimated Expenses
    Additional Spending Money & Personal Travel (not included in financial aid calculation)