Dublin Summer Program

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 Picture this: you, breathing the salty Irish Sea air as you gaze in wonder at century-old castles. Warming your belly with the local favorite – black tea – as you jot down words that attempt to capture your amazing experiences. Chasing rainbows, learning in new and fascinating ways, and having the best summer of your life. Picture you, studying abroad in Dublin!


FIE’s summer study program in Dublin offers two fascinating courses on Irish life, politics, culture, and business through the esteemed Dublin Business School (DBS). Since there’s more to the Emerald Isle than its capital, we include two extra study excursions to help you have a broader understanding of what life in Ireland means, not to mention a more authentic experience. Join us!



  • Live within walking distance of the city center and DBS in self-catered student residences

  • Awesome courses and flexibility for your semester scholastic commitments

  • Experience Dublin, an edgy capital city whose global influence knows no bounds

  • Two (yes, TWO!) included study excursions away to Northern Ireland and the west of Ireland



 Northern Ireland   South and West of Ireland
 As a country that has experienced its share of political upheaval, Northern Ireland presents a unique opportunity for students to delve deeper into topics surrounding conflict resolution, social justice, and peace studies. Soak it all up as you visit the Stormont Buildings (home of the former Northern Ireland Government) and the An Culturainn (the Irish Language Revival Center), then stir your inner activist on a tour of political murals in Belfast on this included excursion. Home to the Wild Atlantic Way, the Ring of Kerry, Killarney National Park, the Cliffs of Moher, AND the cultural powerhouse that is Galway (phew — that’s a lot!), a trip to Ireland is incomplete without visiting the south and west. Join us for this included weekend excursion; the numerous sheep passed on the meandering, country roads present the perfect excuse for practicing your Gaelic numbers 1-100!



"The experiences I had are irreplaceable, everything from the friends I made, to Causey Farms, to that one club in Belfast. I highly recommend this program to anyone who is interested." - Michelle, University at Albany - SUNY 

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"I could not have dreamed of a more fulfilling trip! The professors were so passionate about their country and in five short weeks gave us a much deeper insight into the rich and complex history of Ireland. The FIE team in Dublin was so involved with our group and really showed us Ireland. We saw so many parts of Ireland like the Cark-a-reed rope bridge, Sileve League, the Cliffs of Moher and Galway which I will always cherish." - FIE Dublin Student, Drexel University 

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Read all of our program reviews at GoAbroad and GoOverseas!

Dublin Internships


Live, work, AND play (not necessarily in that order) in Dublin, Ireland, where a treasure trove of internships await you. As the modern business landscape is all about globalization, international markets, and benefiting the public good, there’s never been a better time to get the leg up and add some TA-DA! to your resume than by jumpstarting your career with an internship at a small-to-medium enterprise (SME) in Dublin.

While juggling your coursework at the Dublin Business School (DBS) and your internship placement, you’ll take serious advantage of the “big village feel” that is unique to Dublin. After you clock off from a hard day’s work, find mighty craic (that’s Irish slang for “fun!”) with your new coworkers-turned-lifelong connections. The European professional scene is yours for the taking. Ready to snag semester or summer internships in Dublin?


  • SEMESTER: You will intern 2-2.5 days weekly while taking FIE's signature International Internship Course (IIC), Irish Life and Cultures , plus two or three DBS elective courses.
  • SUMMER: You will intern four days per week while taking FIE's signature International Internship Course (IIC) or an equivalent course offered by your home university.
  • ALL PROGRAMS: Hang out during organized social events and extracurricular activities with other FIE Dublin students.
  • ALL PROGRAMS: Thanks to our hands-on projects, you’ll gain a boatload of transferable professional skills, from empathy and intercultural awareness to time and project management.




Fall & Spring Semester Internships

The Study & Internship experience at FIE Dublin consists of three parts:

  • Two required courses (International Internship Course  or IIC and FIE's signature Irish Life and Cultures course)
  • Two to three Dublin Business School elective courses depending on your chosen Internship Stream
  •  An internship placement in a small-to-medium sized Dublin company 2 - 2.5 days per week. 

An internship stream helps you choose your two to three elective courses based on your interest area. Click the links below for more detail on available Streams.

Stream Interest Areas include:

Two weekend-long study tours to Northern Ireland and the west of Ireland are included in the internship program.

 Summer Internships

The Internship experience consists of the International Internship Course (IIC) or relevant online course from your home campus, and the internship placement.

FIE Dublin Summer interns are with their internship placements 4 days a week. 

Summer interns have access to FIE's subsidized student extra-curricular calendar, including activities in and around Dublin.



  • GPA: 2.75
  • Sufficient academic preparation and experience to participate in an internship abroad
  • NOTE: Your home institution may require a higher GPA and other prerequisites
  • If you attend an FIE partner institution, contact your study abroad advisor on campus for any additional requirements
  • If you do not attend one of our partner institutions, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions or concerns


All students:

  • Check with your study abroad advisor for course equivalencies, credit approval, and transcript information on your campus

Summer internship students from partner institutions: 

  • You have two options to fulfill the academic requirements of the Dublin Summer Internship program:
    • If your home institution offers a campus-based, online internship course in which you are enrolled, no grade report or transcript will be issued
    • If your home institution does not offer a campus-based or on-line internship you will be enrolled in FIE's International Internship Course (IIC). Students will be enrolled at FIE's School of Record, Drexel University, and a Drexel University transcript will be issued

Independent summer internship students:

  • FIE's International Internship Course (IIC) is required
  • Students will be enrolled at Drexel University and issued a Drexel University transcript


FIE's International Internship Course (IIC) and electives if applicable are delivered by Dublin Business School (DBS). For summer internships, the course may be taught at the city center campus location of DBS or online. 

Blackhall Place


This apartment-style housing is a 20-minute walk from Dublin Business School (DBS) and Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and a 25-minute bus ride from University College Dublin (UCD). The apartment complex is located in the heart of the city center in a section of Dublin called Smithfield. There are 3-5 students per apartment, typically in single bedroom accommodation with a shared bathroom, kitchen, common area and balcony. Smithfield has a wide array of cultural opportunities including the Lighthouse Cinema which plays art-house and documentary films, the Smithfield Farmers Market including a seasonal ice skating rink and the Dublin City Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Market—one of Victorian Dublin’s best kept secrets. The apartments are also just a stone’s throw away from Dublin’s Museum District and the largest inner-city park in Europe: the Phoenix Park.

Residence Features

  • Typically 3-4 private bedrooms, each with its own sink
  • Shared bathroom with shower, toilet and sink
  • Shared dining and living area
  • Fully furnished kitchen with cookware, silverware, dishes, glasses, etc.
  • A comforter and pillows for each student
  • Wi-Fi internet access
  • Laundry facilities, which cost roughly €4 per wash
  • FIE residential staff members (Available 24 hours in case of emergency)
  • Several nightly security patrols
  • Accommodation reception desk (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)
  • Recycling stations

Dublin Travel and Transport


Once you get to know your way around, you’ll find that Dublin is a compact city and most people choose to walk – the most convenient, healthy and cheap form of transport! Dublin does, however, offer a wide range of public transport options, ideal for those longer journeys or during the wintry weather.  Outlined below is a brief guide to help you get to know Dublin’s public transport system.



The Student Leap Card is an integrated public transport ticket which allows students use any form of public transport in Dublin at a discounted rate of around 25%. Once you have registered as a student here in Dublin, bring your new student ID to your on-campus Student Union, where you can immediately purchase a Student Leap Card by completing a form and paying €15.

We recommend that you register your Student Leap Card at www.leapcard.ie so that you can redeem your travel credit should your card be lost or stolen.

You can top up your Student Leap Card at any Irishrail or Luas ticket machine located at any train station or tram stop respectively, or at any shop or newsagent which displays the following logo:

To use your Student Leap Card on the train or tram, you must ‘touch on’ and ‘touch off’ at the station or stop where you get on and, again, when you get off. To use the Student Leap Card on the bus, you simply touch the card off the machine to the right as you board the bus if you are staying on until the last stop. If you are getting off before the last stop, you should tell the bus driver which stop you are travelling to, and they will deduct the correct amount from your leap card.


The Luas (Irish for speed) operates two tram lines in the city: the Red Line on the north side of the River Liffey, and the Green Line on the south side. A third line which will connect the two existing lines is currently under construction and due for completion in 2017. Check https://www.luas.ie/ for information on routes, fares and times. You can travel by Luas using a Student Leap Card, as mentioned above, or by purchasing a single or return ticket from the ticket machine at each stop. Although it may seem easy to hop on the Luas without paying for a ticket, ticket inspectors regularly check tickets and issue fines to passengers without valid tickets, so we strongly urge that you always purchase a ticket.


Student Leap Cards are also valid on Dublin buses. Travelling by bus offers you the most extensive transport network across the city. Check https://www.dublinbus.ie/ or download the Dublin Bus app to search bus routes, fares, times and real-time passenger information regarding buses. There are bus lanes in many parts of the city to enable buses to avoid traffic. However, you should factor in extra time to allow for traffic, especially if you are travelling at rush hour. UCD students and some interns take the bus, though an RLS will accompany you during your Orientation to ensure you know how to get to UCD or your internship site.


Transport Apps can be really helpful in getting you around the city – try downloading Transport for Ireland Journey Planner. It looks up where you are, you tell it where you want to go, and it tells you when to leave, how to get there and how much it costs! Lifesaver! 


Hailo is one of the most popular taxi services in Dublin. You can download the Hailo app and order taxis directly to your current location. It also enables you to pay by card if you input your card details into the app. Hailo is also convenient as it means you have a record of your journey and driver on your phone, should you leave anything behind in the taxi. You also can call 01 8202020, should you wish to pre-order a taxi in advance. It is also possible to hail a cab on the street which usually has the light of its taxi plate turned on to indicate that it is free, or from one of the taxi ranks dotted around the city.


The DART is a green train which travels along the coast of Dublin. Although many people use it daily, it is also a great way to see the coastline and visit some of Dublin’s seaside villages. There are also commuter trains which travel within Dublin, and national trains which service many parts of the country. The three main stations within the city centre are Connolly, Tara Street and Pearse. Most trains travelling outside of Dublin start from and terminate in Connolly or Heuston stations. The train is a comfortable way to travel around Ireland and offers great value to students who can travel at a significant discount. Check http://www.irishrail.ie/ for up-to-date information on routes, fares and times.


Bus Éireann operates coaches which travel all around the country. They generally leave from Busáras, located close to Connolly train station. Check http://www.buseireann.ie/ for further information on routes, fares and times. There are also private coach companies, such as gobus and Citylink, which service different parts of the country, which may offer a more competitive rate or convenient route, so we recommend searching the internet for alternative bus companies and comparing the prices.


Another way to get around the city is with Dublin Bikes. There are plenty of bike stations dotted around the city, where you simply pick up your bicycle and drop it off at the station nearest your destination. An annual subscription of €20 is necessary to register, but then the first 30 minutes of each journey is free, ample time to get to where you need to go. Check www.dublinbikes.ie or download the AllBikesNow App to register or to find your nearest bike station.


If you are travelling outside of Ireland, the Aircoach travels to and from the airport. Return fares are generally in the region of €12. Check http://www.aircoach.ie/ for the location of stops, fares and times.


The Aircoach provides cheap transport to the airport, but, if your flight is very early in the morning, you may have to book a taxi. Ireland’s national airline is Aer Lingus. Check www.aerlingus.ie for their latest deals. Ryanair, a no-frills airline, offers cheap flights around Europe. Check www.ryanair.ie for further information. www.skyscanner.ie compares the prices of flights, so you can ensure getting the best deal when you travel.

*Please note this guide was created in June 2016 and some prices may have changed in the interim

Griffith College


Griffith Halls of Residence is located in the Portobello area of Dublin and is a 20-minute walk from Dublin Business School (DBS), 25-minute walk from Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and a bus ride from University College Dublin (UCD). Griffith College is a modern urban campus which sits alongside Dublin’s Grand Canal on the grounds of a former army barracks dating back to the 1830s. The residence is located on the south side of the city and sits on the edge of the city centre giving students a relaxed environment with the convenience of the city on their doorstep. Students will have access to all the facilities and amenities available at Griffith College during their stay including access to the library, on campus shop and restaurant, games room, sports facilities, and more.

Residence Features

  • Two shared bedrooms in each apartment
  • Each bedroom has two single beds with individual desks, lockers and wardrobes
  • Two bathrooms each with shower, toilet and sink (1 main bathroom and 1 en-suite)
  • Shared dining and living area
  • Furnished kitchen with fridge, freezer, stove, microwave, electric kettle and storage cupboards
  • Wi-Fi internet access
  • Laundry facilities, which cost roughly €3 per wash
  • 24-hour security and security cameras (CCTV)
  • FIE residential staff members (Available 24 hours in case of emergency)
  • Accommodation reception desk (Mon-Fri, 9am-1pm, 2pm-5:30 pm)
  • Recycling stations