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DCU International Summer School*

Receiving applications on a case by case basis until May 15th 2017

Email : summer.school@dcu.ie

Welcome to Dublin City University International Summer School - Summer 2017.

The Dublin City University International Summer School (DCUISS)​ is the newest and most unique summer study experience in Ireland. Running from June 4 to July 1, 2017, the 4 week programme offers visiting students the opportunity to study in the world famous celtic capital of Ireland, Dublin!  Courses will be ​delivered by DCU faculty on the historic All Hallows Campus, which is one of the five DCU campuses. All Hallows (situated close to DCU St. Patricks campus) is a campus from a different era with spectacular architecture and a quaint atmosphere, but still less than 20 minutes from the heart of Dublin, one of Europe’s most exciting cities. Students will have the opportunity to study in Ireland’s capital city and explore the beautiful island at large throughout the programme; including Northern Ireland with multiple academic and cultural field trips.   Dublin City University campus is just 15 minutes from Dublin's International Airport.

DCU St Patricks CampusDCU All Hallows Campus

Academic Overview

Each course has been specifically designed by Dublin City University for this unique Summer School and cannot be taken anywhere else. The courses give students an international twist and are taught from the Irish and European perspective.  Courses meet the academic needs of a variety of students with 45 teaching hours per class. 

Students should choose two courses from the selection below. Each class has 45 hours of teaching with a recommended U.S. transfer of 6 credits.  Each will feature relevant field-trips related to their academic content. Destinations include: National Museums, Irish Parliament, Multinational Corporate headquarters (e.g. Google & Facebook), Irish Film Institute and Ardmore Film Studios and multiple historic castles and religious sites as well as UNESCO world heritage sites. Upon successful completion of their classes each student will receive an academic transcript from Dublin City University.  We recommend that each students speak with their study abroad and academic advisors for approval of credit transfer.  See tabs below to learn more about each individual course.  For further information, email summer.school@dcu.ie

NOTE: If you are making a payment for the Dublin City University International Summer School 2017 program, pleaase contact summer.school@dcuie for any questions.

Course Choices

 International Entrepreneurship in Practice

This dynamic and interactive module aims to develop a comprehensive understanding of the concept of entrepreneurship and what entrepreneurial activity involves within an Irish setting. In particular, the module: Introduces students to the different theoretical perspectives used to explore the nature of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs. Broadens students' appreciation of how and why entrepreneurial activity takes place through the use of Irish entrepreneurial case studies. Provides a critical viewpoint on how the process of entrepreneurship unfolds. Considers how context shapes entrepreneurial activity through the showcasing of Irish entrepreneurial role models. Accordingly, students will gain a full understanding of the practice of entrepreneurship within an Irish context and are given a solid understanding of the realities of business start-up through the opportunity to meet and network with Irish entrepreneurs.

Special areas of focus include:

  • Entrepreneurship in Ireland - Social, Cultural and Political Dimensions of Irish Entrepreneurship

  • The Entrepreneur - The Entrepreneurial Personality, Typologies and Entrepreneurial Behaviour

  • Business Plans - Business Planning: The role and structure of business plans.

  • Entrepreneurs - Entrepreneurship in Different Contexts such as Female Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship

 

Practical Workshops

  • Profiling and Irish Entrepreneur

  • Group Project – Develop a Business Plan

  • Presentation – Pitch your idea to a Venture Capitalist audience

*Field Trip schedule is subject to change at any stage.

To apply - email summer.school@dcu.ie

 Ireland: Politics, Society and Culture

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the politics, society and culture of contemporary Ireland, placing this in historical context. The students will engage with modern Ireland (north and south) through a combination of workshops, guest presentations by specialists, field trips and the reading of primary and secondary sources. The students will demonstrate their understanding of key issues and trends through the completion of journal consisting of regular entries on key issues and a summative reflective statement.

Example of classroom

 Special areas of focus include:

 Establishing New States: building orthodoxies, 1921-1945

  • Modernity, Challenge and Change
  • Contemporary Northern Ireland
  • The Irish Economy
  • Ireland and the World

 Field Trips*

  • Kilmainham Jail and museum – the place where the leaders of the 1916 Rebellion were executed.
  • Islandbridge Memorial Gardens – national memorial site devoted to those Irishmen killed in World War One.
  • Glasnevin Cemetery and interpretative centre – burial place of some of the most significant names in Irish history
  • Dail Eireann – the Irish parliament – meet leading Irish politicians from a range of political parties.
  • Croke Park Museum – museum devoted to the history of the Gaelic Athletic Association.
  • Theatre Trip – normally to the national theatre, The Abbey, but another venue may be chosen if a particular current production seems more relevant.
  • Northern Ireland – to see some of the most famous sites of the conflict itself, to meet former IRA and loyalist prisoners who were directly involved in the conflict, and to meet some of those involved in the peace process.

*Field Trip schedule is subject to change at any stage.

 Mobile and Social Journalism
This course concentrates on two emerging aspects of digital journalism: mobile journalism (MoJo) and social media. Students will learn how to gather, edit and file news content via their smartphones. They will be encouraged to produce content that is suitable for sharing via social media. They will also learn how to curate social media on platforms such as Storify, how to use social media as a platform for publishing news, for branding, research, as a verification tool and as a news source. The course aims to equip students with the skills required in multi-platform newsrooms and to meet the challenges of a news environment in which consumers are using their phones to access news and to share it via social media.

 Special areas of focus include:

  • Introduction to MoJo and social media and the digital media landscape
  • Smartphone journalism – video
  • Smartphone journalism – audio
  • Advanced MoJo skills – panning, zooming, cutaways, types of shots, rule of thirds
  • Guide to MoJo apps
  • Curating social media (e.g. Storify)
  • Social media as publishing platform (e.g. Snapchat)
  • Using social media to drive traffic and build brands

Typical Bedroom

Field Trips*

  • Hugh Lane Gallery – 1916 commemorative exhibitions
  • Gallery of Photography, Temple Bar
  • Irish Film Institute
  • Visit to offices of Facebook (Grand Canal) Google (Barrow Street)
  • Irish Times Offices
  • Irish Print Museum
  • Glasnevin Cemetery and interpretative centre – burial place of some of the most significant names in Irish history
  • Ardmore Film Studios

*Field Trip schedule is subject to change at any stage.

The course aims to equip students with the skillset required for multi-platform newsrooms and to meet the challenges of a news environment in which consumers are using their phones to access news and to share it via social media.

 Media in Irish Society

This module offers undergraduates an introduction to theory and practice in Communications, Media and Journalism.  Students will receive a basic grounding in the history, development and trends in media, journalism and culture industries and Media Production Practice by producing a media artifact – print/social media, radio, film or photography.

 Special areas of focus include:

  • A history of Irish Journalism
  • Irish Film
  • Facebook, LinkedIn, Google - Social Media in the Irish Landscape
  • Irish Culture, Self and Identity – Reflections on dynamism in Irish Culture
  • Environmental Sustainability in Ireland – Landscape, Science and Society

Practical Workshops

  • Online Journalism, Filmmaking, Photography and Radio

Field Trips*

  • Hugh Lane Gallery – 1916 commemorative exhibitions
  • Gallery of Photography, Temple Bar
  • Irish Film Institute
  • Visit to offices of Facebook (Grand Canal) Google (Barrow Street)
  • Irish Times Offices
  • Irish Print Museum
  • Glasnevin Cemetery and interpretative centre – burial place of some of the most significant names in Irish history
  • Ardmore Film Studios

Journalism Programme

 Innovation

This module introduces some of the key issues and seminal literature about innovation and product/process design. The course provides students with an opportunity to explore the various factors which affect the widespread adoption of an innovation to market. The module studies the various types of innovation; studying the effects of breakthrough products and incremental innovations on the market and market players. Focus will be both on the start-up climate and organisational innovation and examine the key strengths of each in a technological-driven market. Lastly the module will examine the need for customer- centricity in the innovation process and students will explore and apply techniques relating to lead-user design in conceptualising new products.

Special areas of focus include:

  • Diffusion of innovation - Adoption, factors affecting, crossing the chasm, innovators dilemma, laggards.
  • Types of innovation - Breakthrough, incremental, marketing, organisational, product, process, architectural, platform
  • Customer-centricity - consumer behavior, spending trends, forecasting, market research, lead-user design, affective reasoning

Introduces key issues and seminal literature about innovation and product/process design. Explore factors which affect widespread adoption of an innovation to market. Study the types of innovation; the effects of breakthrough products and incremental innovations on the market and market players. Focus on the start-up climate and organisational innovation. Examine the need for customer centricity in the innovation process and techniques for lead-user design in new product conceptualisation.

Practical Workshops

Teams will conceptualise a new product innovation using lead-user design and customer-centric design principles. Teams will present their concept and diffusion strategy.

Number of Credits: Earn up to 6 credits

Contact Hours: 90 contact hours over four weeks

Dates : 4 June 2017 - 1 July 2017

Other features include:

  • Single Room Accommodation on campus
  • Meal Plan
  • See Section 'What's included' below

Additional Information

  Entry Requirements, How to Apply and Cost of Programme

Application Deadline - April 15 - 2017


Entry Requirements and How to Apply

  • 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

Apply:

1. Click here: Dublin City University International Summer School 

​2. Create an account or sign in if you have an account already, when prompted.

 3. Once you are signed in, you should be directed to the Programme Page for Dublin City University International Summer School (DCUISS) 2017. (If it does not appear, please contact us or search under programs for Dublin City University International Summer School (DCUISS) 2017).

 4. Click on "Start Application" on the programme page.​

 5. You can work on your application, save it and return as needed.

 Please contact us if you have any questions about how to begin your application – summer.school@dcu.ie

All students must submit:

  • Completed Application

  • Passport photo (valid up to 6 months after DCUISS completion)

  • Unofficial transcript

  • Course choices

  • *Financial Aid Request Form

 

Next Steps

  • Pre-arrival information to follow upon acceptance.

  • Passport – Student who do not currently have a passport, please apply now.

  • Visa – Students from USA, Canada, and Australia are on a visa waiver program and will receive it upon entry. Please visit here for further information on short-term visa waiver requirements. All students are responsible for obtaining their required visa prior to arrival.

 Please email summer.school@dcu.ie for applications, further information and questions.

Cost of Programme

Application Fee: None

Option 1: Program Fee without meal plan: €3800.00

Option 2: Program Fee with meal plan: €4310.00

Payments are due six weeks prior to arrival date. If a student is using financial aid, this deadline may be flexible with appropriate documentation.

What is not included: Airfare, passport or visa fees, spending money, meals (unless meal plan is purchased), materials for courses, transportation, international health insurance* (required).

*If a student’s home institution provides international health insurance, this requirement will be waived. Please note: If a student’s home institution does not provide international health insurance, student’s 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.

 Arrival Dates

All students should arrive at the Dublin International Airport on Sunday, June 4th. A member of the DCU ISS Team will be there to welcome all students and arrange a transfer to the DCU campus.

All flights should arrive no later than 12:00pm. Students arriving later than 12:00pm will be responsible for their own transportation to the main campus.