International Office - Study Abroad Programme - General Information

Come to DCU: Study Abroad


Experience a different educational programme; enjoy Ireland's warmth and unique culture, improve your career prospects, visit Europe and make lifelong friends.  Just some of the many reasons to choose DCU for your Study Abroad destination. Students can apply directly to DCU as 'Direct Enroll' students or through one of DCU's' third party providers or university partners.  Contact

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What can I study?

See the range of courses from all 'study streams' by visiting our 'Module Catalogue' page.

When to apply 

Apply before 1 July (for Semester 1 or the full academic year) or 1 November (for Semester 2). We recommend that you apply as early as you can, especially if you wish to apply for DCU on-campus accommodation.   

(Semester One and Full Year Applications 2022/2023 now closed)

If places are still available, DCU may accept late applications from students.  Ensure that the DCU academic calendar for 2022/2023 works with you home university calendar.

How to apply

Direct and Partner University Applications

To apply to DCU, please complete the online application form. Your fees must be paid in full before your programme starts (for Direct Enroll or where the home university is not covering the fee).

Contact the International Office/Study Abroad coordinator at your university for more information.

Apply through a partner/provider

If you decide to apply through one of our Study Abroad providers, please contact them for further information before applying through the online application form. Partners are listed below:


DCU has an office in Japan, which you can email for application information and partner related information:

 Third-party providers

  • BEO
  • JSAF
  • SI-UK
  • ICT Co. Ltd
  • Ireland Ryugaku Club 
  • Ryugaku Journal
  • Wish International Inc

University partners 

  • Waseda University
  • Otemon Gakuin University
  • Kindai University
  • Gakushuin University
  • Tamagawa University
  • Kanazawa Seiryo University
  • Toyo Gakuen University
  • Kindai University
  • Musashino University


  • BNU
  • BUPT
  • UIBE
  • Wuhan College


  • ECE Paris (Engineering) (Tailor Made Programme)
  • Paris School of Business
  • Epitech
  • Esigelec
  • Ingenieurs 2000 and Partners
  • S'UP Biotech
  • ECAM Lyon and Strasbourg
  • ESSCA School of Management


  • HFWU (Nuertingen and Geislingen)
  • EU FH
  • DHBW 


Universidade Europeia 



  • ZHAW
  • Lucerne University of Applied Science


Fee Information and Refund Policy 

For the 2020/2021 academic year, Study Abroad Programme Fees are as follows:

Direct Entry Applicant Fees

Single Semester

Full Academic Year

EU Fees



Non EU



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

*Partner Institutions avail of a fee reduction - Interested Direct Enroll students should ask the University Study Abroad Co-ordinator to contact to pursue an agreement (if there is no agreement in place).

US students may be eligible to apply for scholarships / US funding.  Please visit the  Scholarships pages for information

Refund Policy

Semester Only students (Full Year will be treated as Semester One if they withdraw as below)

Direct Enroll Students or Student Fees paid by partners will receive an 80% individual tuition fee refund if a student withdraws / returns home within 2 weeks of commencement*.   The fee liability for students who withdraw after two weeks, but within four weeks of programme commencement* is 60% of the Programme Tuition fee.  Students withdrawing after four weeks of commencement* are liable for the Full Programme Tuition fee.

*beginning of lectures

Full Year Students (Semester Two)

Students who withdraw two weeks into commencement of Semester Two lectures are liable to pay 20% of the academic fee for Semester Two.   Students who withdraw after two weeks and up to four weeks are liable to pay 60% of the fee due and 100% thereafter. 

“Although my time was brief at Dublin City University due to the COVID -19 pandemic, it was an experience I will never forget. I managed to see the beauty of Ireland and understand the powerful history behind it. I was lucky enough to see sights at Glendalough and I got to see ‘Winterfell’. I’m a huge Game of Thrones fan. 

However, the pinnacle of my experience was studying at Dublin City University, where I got to learn new perspectives and ideas. I made new friends there and I made connections with my professors that I will keep for the rest of my collegiate and professional career. If an opportunity to go back to DCU is ever made available, I’m on the first flight out.”

Ms JaMonet Rice - George Mason University (GMU), USA

Video Testimonials - DCU Study Abroad Programme

Ms Hind Zahour - University of Notre Dame - Spring 2020 (Computer Science Programme)

Ms Madison Sietchik - Klein College of Media at Temple University - Spring 2020 (Communications Programme)