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Welcome to Dublin City University International Summer School - Summer 2020.

The Dublin City University International Summer School (DCUISS)​ is the newest and most unique summer study experience in Ireland. Running from the 31 May - 27 June 2020, 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 (pictured left below), which is one of the five DCU campuses. All Hallows (left below) situated close to DCU St. Patricks campus (middle below), 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 and vibrant 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 Glasnevin Campus is pictured below on the right.

Visit 'Programme Overview' below for  an Academic Overview.  Additional insights can be gained through Video Links and highlights from last year!  The images speak for themselves.  Course Choices and further information are outlined in subseqent headings. 

For further information, email

Programme Overview

Please take a look at the DCU Summer School 2018 video to get a sense of what the programme has to offer. 

Academic Overview

Each course on the DCU International Summer School 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 up to two courses from the selection below and we will aim to get them into their first two choices. 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, so field trips will be determined based on their chosen courses. Previous field-trips have included: National Museums, Irish Parliament, Multinational Corporate headquarters, 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

NOTE: If you are making a payment for the Dublin City University International Summer School 2019 program, contact for any questions.

 DCU 2018 Students - some of the many highlights! 

Dublin City University (DCU) International Summer School 2018

Dublin City University (DCU) International Summer School 2018

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

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The core subjects on the DCUISS are Ireland: Politics, Society and Culture and Media in Irish Society.  Two additional courses have been proposed for Summer '19  (subject to final approval) -  'Human Development across the Lifespan' (tentative) and 'Human Diversity: What does Inclusion Mean?' (also tentative).

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.

Dublin City University (DCU) International Summer School 2018

(All Hallows - top left and images from Dublin's vibrant and historical city centre)

 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*

Previous classes have visited:

  • 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.

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See Entry Requirements

 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*

Previous classes have visited:

  • Hugh Lane Gallery – 1916 commemorative exhibitions
  • Gallery of Photography, Temple Bar
  • Irish Film Institute
  • 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
Dublin City University (DCU) International Summer School 2018

(Typical classroom St Pat's top left and Media imagerty from Field Trips)

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See Entry Requirements

Human Diversity: What does Inclusion Mean

Human Diversity in its fullest sense is examined through listening to stories, watching videos and then discussing our responses and experiences.  The focus overall is on learning how education can include everybody when done well.

Group Work will be used as the main method throughout the module where you can explore some elements in detail with guidance from the lecturer and then share with the larger group so that every small group gets to benefit from other groups’ work as well as their own.

In addition to learning from engaging with stories and case studies you will have the chance to acquire good knowledge of policy, theory and research on inclusive education with an emphasis on knowing how to explain and practice the simple and key messages from these.

Dublin City University (DCU) International Summer School 2019

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  Entry Requirements, How to Apply and Cost of Programme

Application Deadline is April 1st, 2020 

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


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) 2019. (If it does not appear, please contact us or search under programs for Dublin City University International Summer School (DCUISS) 2019).

 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 –

All students must submit:

  • Completed Application

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

  • Unofficial transcript

  • Course choices

  • *Financial Aid Request Form


DCU Summer School students

Next Steps

  • Pre-arrival information to follow upon acceptance in the application portal.

  • 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 for applications, further information and questions.

Cost of Programme

Application Fee: None

Program Fee to be confirmed

Payment structure

Application fee: none

Deposit: €500 due on acceptance, to secure your place on the programme. This is non-refundable and is deducted off the final program price.

Payments are due six weeks prior to arrival date. If a student is using financial aid, this deadline may be flexible with appropriate documentation. Please check with your home institution about using federal financial aid towards your programme costs.

What's included  (some items may change and final listing will be posted as soon as possible)

Programme features include:

  • Single room accommodation on campus with shared bathrooms
  • Meal Plan
  • Airport transfers
  • Leap card for public transportation
  • Excursions
  • Cultural activities
  • 24/7 Onsite support
  • Official transcript from Dublin City University

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

International Health Insurance

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. If a student’s home institution provides international health insurance, this requirement will be waived.

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 Arrival and Departure Dates


All students should arrive at the Dublin International Airport before 12.00pm on 31st May to be eligible for the airport transfer. A member of the DCU ISS Team will be there to welcome all students and arrange a transfer to the DCU campus. Students arriving later than 12:00pm will be responsible for their own transportation to the main campus.


Students would depart campus prior to 12.00pm on June 27th. One airport transfer will be available for all students, early in the morning. Students departing later than 12:00pm will be responsible for their own transportation to the airport.  Your Student Leapcard will allow you to use Dublin Bus to access the airport.

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 What students from the US had to say about DCUISS courses

“It gave me a unique perspective on how advertising is different in other countries and I can apply that, and that’s like an asset I can bring to the program and then my job.” Jorden - Class of 2018 - on Media in Irish Society

Thanks for sharing, Jorden! Our Dublin City University Summer School Program is a great way to make your resume stand out to future employers! Classes in Irish history and culture, media studies, journalism, and more offer hands-on, real-world learning opportunities that can also earn you college credit. 

“Being in a place where my family is from, and being able to see the history up close; it was amazing!” Mercy - Class of 2018 - on Politics, Culture and Society

 Well said, Mercy! Explore Ireland’s history, culture, and traditions this summer with our Dublin City University Summer School program! Earn college credit while taking on the adventure of a lifetime!

 “I really liked getting some hands-on experience with technologies that I had heard about, but hadn’t actually gotten the opportunity to experience.” Owen - Class of 2018 on Media in Irish Society

Thanks for sharing your Dublin experience, Owen!  Join our Dublin City University International Summer School program in 2019 to earn college credit with unique, hands-on learning experiences.

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