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DCU Study Abroad Programme

Welcome to the DCU Study Abroad Programme Overview.

In order to ensure a truly rounded education, many students look into the possibility of spending a semester or an academic year at a foreign institution. This experience has many advantages - both personal and professional and DCU continues to welcome students from all over the world to it's international campus close to Dublin City.  So if you are from North or South America, Europe, Asia or beyond, ( native or non native English speaker), there are many courses to choose from packaged under six Study Streams.   Students can apply directly or through a third party provider such as CIEE, CIS Abroad, CEA or IES Abroad.  Feel free to contact us at study.abroad@dcu.ie if you have any questions.

Student Testimonials

See link to https://www.gooverseas.com/study-abroad/ireland/dublin-city-university/100616

Wordpress Blog- https://dcustudyabroad.wordpress.com/student-experience/

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 ABOUT DCU STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMME STREAMS AND WHO CAN APPLY

 Click here for details of our New Spring 2018 Semester plus Internship programme

 Any student currently pursuing a course of study at a university or a recognised institute of education outside of Ireland may apply to become a Study Abroad student at DCU. Students can attend accredited modules and arrange with their home institution for credit transfer.  Students should have a strong  academic standing at their home institutions and should have achieved a good cumulative average to date, such as a G.P.A. of 3.0 (or equivalent) to be eligible for the programme.

As well as applying through one of our many providers around the world (CIEE, IES Abroad etc - See 'How to Apply' section below for details), interested students may apply directly to DCU as a Direct Enroll student from EU or Non EU Universities to attend DCU for a Single Semester or a Full Academic Year.  (Note: Some Universities have an agreement with DCU and can avail of a 10% fee discount.  Check with your Study Abroad office and if there is not yet an agreement, ask your coordinator to contact us). 

Classes have been made available from many undergraduate programmes and packaged under five stream headings or programme codes.  A limited number of masters level modules are also  available to Business Students on the PBSSAO programme for suitably qualified students who wish to come to the DCU.    The seven study streams / programmes headings to choose from as follows*: 

  1. HMSAO (HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES Stream)
  2. ECSAO (ENGINEERING AND COMPUTING Stream)
  3. SHSAO (SCIENCE AND HEALTH Stream)
  4. BSSAO (BUSINESS Stream)
  5. IESAO (Institute of Education Stream) - Many
  6. PBSSAO (Limited number of Masters Level Business Modules)
  7. HMSAO - Language and Intercultural  (for students who fall below the English Requirements but meet entry requirements) - email caroline.magee@dcu.ie for details

*(Note : modules are subject to change up to the first week of semester.  Class timetables are not available until students arrive and our team will assist with timetable finding. Students should choose extra modules in the event that one or more class either changes or they are timetabled together.  Students should also note that some classes may be timetabled to run in DCU St. Patrick's Campus or DCU All Hallows Campus which are both a bus-ride away - See Maps for details - http://www4.dcu.ie/info/campus.shtml)

All applications should be made directly to the International Office by 15 July (for Semester 1 or the full academic year) commencing in mid - late September) or by 30 November (for Semester 2).  If you decide to apply through one of our Study Abroad Providers, contact them separately for further information. (Late applications may be accepted for non visa requiring countries or students who have secure accommodation))

Download the Standard Study Abroad Brochure -  here - for students who meet the minimum GPA and Lanaguage Requirements (English Speaking and students who meet the IELTS 6.5 requirement)

Download the Lower Ielts (Language and Intercultural Study Brochure - here - for students who fall below the minimum IELTS requirement but meet the GPA requirements - (GPA may vary for Japanese students)

DCU also offers a programme suited to non native speakers of English.  Students on this course are registered to HMSAO but may only choose from a limited number of modules (or courses) from the School of Applied Languages or Intercultural Studies (SALIS) and the DCU School of Law and Government.  Students have the option to attend DCU Language School for English Studies in advance.

Student Testimonials

See link to https://www.gooverseas.com/study-abroad/ireland/dublin-city-university/100616

 COURSES OFFERED ON EACH STREAM

The DCU programme is very flexible and affords students the opportuity to choose subjects which are of particular interest to them as well as modules outside of their discipline if desired/approved by their Home University. Successful Study Abroad applicants can choose from a range of modules from any of our Schools and accumulate up to a total of 30 ECTS credits (18 US credits) worth of modules in each semester (generally 6 modules). 

Important NOTE:   It is best to have at least 10 modules in mind initially as modules are subject to availability / prerequisites (particularly in Science and Engineering) and timetabling constraints.

Click on link below for course/module choices available on each academic stream

Please visit https://www4.dcu.ie/international/module-or-class-choices.shtml for full details of courses offered - choose the stream or programme name closest to your major.

NOTE:  Students must enroll in at least 20 ECTS credits per semester. Be sure to have plenty of primary and alternate course options in mind as schedules are subject to change and registration in your preferred courses is not guaranteed. Check your Credits, Courses, and Transcript documents for details specific to your host university. The transcript evaluation and grade reporting process at your home university will also take time after your overseas transcripts arrives. If you plan to study here during your senior year, review your home university requirements carefully to allow enough time for grades to be posted for graduation. Plan to work ahead with your academic advisor if you will be using your study abroad coursework to meet pre-requisites back at home.

 HOW TO APPLY AND SELECT COURSES - DIRECT ENROL AND PARTNER PROGRAMMES

Students may apply directly to DCU or through a third party provider.  The same course choices set out below are available however programmes can vary so be sure to contact your provider of choice for the first enquiry if this is your preferred entry route (See providers below):

For students who wish to enroll directly with the university:

Step 1: DOWNLOAD and PRINT APPLICATION FORM HERE

Step 2: Click on the stream in this link https://www4.dcu.ie/international/module-or-class-choices.shtml to which you are applying and choose your modules (Before listing any modules, please obtain approval from the Academic or Study Abroad Advisor at your home institution to ensure that your chosen modules will transfer back to your academic programme of study at your home institution).  Note

Step 3:  When completing the application, please follow these Guidelines when selecting your modules.  The maximum credits you can choose is 30ECTS however students may take less (particularly if they are part of a tailor made programme e.g. Waseda or Muhlenberg).

A important note on Class Timetables 

Class Timetables are never finalised until just before semester commences (usually orientation week) so it will be necessary to find timetables on the website at this time only.  The registration labs /workshops in the orientation schedule during orientation week will provide guidance for you so don’t worry.  Most students must attend module registration and timetabling workshops as outlined in the orientation schedule however it is not necessary for some students.  (These schools will be noted on the Orientation Schedule).

Step 4:  Submit application - Our team will process your application normally within 1 - 2 weeks of receipt and will inform you of the outcome immediately or request additional information

Step 5: If your application is successful, fees should be paid through https://dcu.studentfees.ie/ as soon as possible but at least 4 weeks prior to commencement of the programme. 

Students will be notified within two weeks on the outcome of their application

Please Note:  Direct enroll students will not be able to commence at the university on arrival unless fees have been paid in full.

DCU Study Abroad Providers and Tailor made programmes

USA Providers

CIEE - http://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/get-started/ or Contact Martin Humphies on Campus at DCU - mhumphreys@ciee.org

CISAbroad - http://www.cisabroad.com/study-abroad/ireland/semester-in-dublin

CEA Abroad - http://www.ceastudyabroad.com/programs/ireland/dublin/7043/overview.html or 

http://www.ceastudyabroad.com/programs/ireland/dublin/6767/overview.html

IESAbroad - http://www.iesabroad.org/study-abroad/dublin

IPSL -http://www.ipsl.org/undergraduate/ireland

CEPA - http://www.cepa-europe.com/study-centers/university-partnerships/

USA University Partners (Tailor Made Programmes)

Boston University - www.bu.edu (Engineering programme at DCU)

Muhlenberg College - http://www.muhlenberg.edu/ - Communications Programme

JAPAN

BEO

JSAF

JAPAN University Partners

Waseda University

DCU also has a office in Japan - contact Tony - dcu.japan@dcu.ie

For students who wish to enroll directly with the university:

Step 1: DOWNLOAD and PRINT APPLICATION FORM HERE---------- DCU will be offering an online application system for the coming semester however we will accept both paper and online

Step 2: Click on the stream in this link https://www4.dcu.ie/international/module-or-class-choices.shtml to which you are applying and choose your modules (Before listing any modules, please obtain approval from the Academic or Study Abroad Advisor at your home institution to ensure that your chosen modules will transfer back to your academic programme of study at your home institution).  Note

Step 3:  When completing the application, please follow these Guidelines when selecting your modules.  The maximum credits you can choose is 30ECTS however students may take less (particularly if they are part of a tailor made programme e.g. Waseda or Muhlenberg).

Step 4:  Submit application - Our team will process your application normally within 1 - 2 weeks of receipt and will inform you of the outcome immediately or request additional information

Step 5: If your application is successful, fees should be paid through https://dcu.studentfees.ie/ as soon as possible but at least 4 weeks prior to commencement of the programme. 

Please Note:  Students will not be allowed to enrol at the university on arrival unless fees have been paid in full

 FEE INFORMATION

 Current Fees:

For the 2017/18 academic year, our Study Abroad Programme Fees are as follows:

Direct Entry Applicant Fees

Single Semester

Full Academic Year

EU Fees

€3,100

€5,750

Non EU

€5,950* (€5355 with partner discount)

€11,200* (€10080 with partner discount)

These fees include the student levy, capitation fee and development fee.
(These fees are correct for the Study Abroad Programme at time of publication. For further details on fees, please visit our Fees Webpage)

*Some Partner Institutions can avail of a 10% fee reduction - ask your university study abroad coordinator to contact us to pursue an agreement

 CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS

  • Applications for Semester 1 (Winter or Fall Semester): July 31 - Late applications may be considered if places are still available
  • Applications for Semester 2 (Spring Semester): November 30 -  Late applications may be considered if places are still available
 CREDIT TRANSFERS AND EXAMINATIONS

 In general, individual modules at DCU are worth 5 ECTS credits each (= 3 U.S. credits). Some of our more intensive courses are worth 10 credits each, others are 2.5 or 7.5. For details on the individual modules, please consult the Module Specifications website.

Students may only receive credit for modules for which they have submitted the required assignments or passed the relevant examinations. Students do not receive credit if they register for a course for 'attendance only', although they are eligible to take part in these modules but may not exceed the ECTS credit Limit.

It is the responsibility of the individual student to ensure that their chosen courses meet their study abroad requirements as set out by their home institution and that credit transfer to their home institution is possible. DCU will assist the student in whatever way possible.

Examinations can only be repeated during the scheduled repeat period in August. DCU does not have a facility for allowing students to repeat at any other time. DCU also cannot allow Study Abroad students to sit examinations abroad - at their home universities or elsewhere or outside the approved timetable.

Compensation for failed modules does not apply to Study Abroad students. Students must pass each individual module in order to receive credits for these modules.

Visit Registry's website - http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml for useful information and past exam papers.

 ACADEMIC CALENDAR AND DCU's REGISTRY

2017/18 ACADEMIC CALENDAR - https://www.dcu.ie/timetabling/ac-17/18

Registry delivers administrative services to the University community, supports the implementation of academic policies and regulations and manages major student related activities including examinations, repeats, extenuating circumstances and marks and standards.  Students are advised to visit the Registry Website to familiarise themselves with processes and procedures.

Registry Website - https://www.dcu.ie/registry/index.shtml

Note: The Study Abroad Team will register students for their module choices so there is no need to visit registry however their website will provide details on examinations, past exam papers, rules and regs etc  - check it out when you have time...

 SEMESTER DURATION AND EXAMINATION DATES

Each semester runs over 16 weeks. This includes 12 weeks of teaching, a two week exam study period, followed by two weeks of exams. The dates are as follows:

Semester 1: Classes from mid to late September until middle of December, Exams mid- to late January
Semester 2: Classes from early February until late April, Exams mid- to late May.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS : Students wishing to study at DCU for Semester 1 only who do not wish to stay on for exams can do so if they only choose classes that are assessed by 100% Continuous Assessment (i.e. only those without an Exam component).

 ON CAMPUS AND OTHER ACCOMMODATION

Our on-campus accommodation service team will assist you in securing suitable on-campus accommodation before you arrive in Ireland. For further details, please visit our accommodation website http://www.dcuaccommodation.ie/. This website also offers some information on off-campus accommodation. Successful applicants will receive detailed information on all housing options in their offer pack.  Please note that on campus accommodation is in high demand so applicants are strongly advised to apply very early to the Study Abroad Programme if they attend applying for oncampus accommodation.

Check out the offcampus links on the DCU Accommodation website.

 ORIENTATION AND SOCIAL PROGRAMME

An extensive Orientation period for new international students takes place prior to the start of each semester. During this period, students receive general and practical information. The University  also offers a number of workshops and provide our new students with plenty of opportunities to meet other new and existing students, and also relevant members of staff.

Throughout the year, the International Office, in conjunction with other departments and various Clubs and Societies, offers an exciting social programme to International Students, and students will always find individualised support available in the International Office

 VISA INFORMATION

Some students wishing to study in Ireland require a study visa; others, such as the USA or Japan, do not require a visa. EU students can study in Ireland without a study visa. Some non-EU students may need a study visa so please ensure you apply in good time if necessary (normally at least 6 months in advance).

Non-EU students are also required to register with the authorities upon arrival in Ireland including students from the USA and Japan. The International Office will advise you on this process during the International Student Orientation period scheduled prior to the start of each semester.

Visit http://dcu.ie/international/immigration.shtml

 THE NEW DCU -  St Patricks and All Hallows Colleges

See this link for information about incorporation and what it means to DCU - http://www.dcu.ie/discovering-dcu.shtml

Getting Around

 DCU St Patrick Campus Map - http://www.spd.dcu.ie/site/about/documents/DCUStPatricksCampusMap.pdf

http://www4.dcu.ie/info/campus.shtml


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 CONTACT US

Contact Details:

Ms Caroline Magee
Study Abroad Programme Coordinator
International Office
Dublin City University, Dublin 9, Ireland
Tel: +353-1-700 8699
Fax: +353-1-700 8698
E-mail Address: study.abroad@dcu.ie