This program offers a large selection of courses, including anthropology, economics, Irish history, Irish literature and drama, political science, and social studies. There are three different course tracks from which students can choose on the IES: Dublin program.
Irish General Studies
The IES Study Dublin program provides Penn State students the opportunity to study Irish studies with a the theme of Tradition, Change, and Identity in Modern Ireland. Students are free to take classes from the variety offered at the IES center. In addition, you may choose to supplement IES courses with an internship and/or university courses at the European Business School for a total of 15-19 credits. Internship placements earn academic credit and include organizations representative of Dublin's exciting political, literary, and business culture
Peace and Conflict Studies
Students majoring in International Relations, Political Science, or Peace Studies may opt to participate in this 15-credit advanced, focused curriculum that explores the complex history and challenges of the conflict in Northern Ireland through a combination of coursework, field study in Northern Ireland, and a Peace Negotiation Simulation.
Theater Performance ~ Fall Only
Students whose major or minor is Theater Arts (or the equivalent) may choose to participate in this 15-credit program at the Gaiety School of Acting, one of Dublin's premier acting schools. The school provides conservatory-like professional training taught by local acting instructors.
Please click on the "homepage" link above for more information on the IES: Dublin program specifics. Students are required to register for a minimum of 15 credits, and can enroll in a maximum of 19 credits per semester. Please note that the direct enroll options are not a part of this Penn State program option. Students interested in the Trinity College Dublin direct enroll program should look at the IES: Dublin, Trinity College Honors program page. You can also check out the IES website for further information.
Education Abroad Credits
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas of a Pass/Fail basis.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the IES Dublin Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.
Housing and Meals
Students live in furnished apartments (including computer and printer) with other IES participants, where you will be responsible for providing your own meals.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheets listed above. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates above may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid, scholarship opportunities, and application procedures, please see Funding Study Abroad.
IES Public School Grant
As a Penn State student, you will automatically be awarded a $1500 Public School Grant for this program. IES has created this award to make their programs more affordable to you. This award has ALREADY been calculated into the above Budget Sheet.
For More Information
For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. Students at University Park can also contact their International Coordinator within their college. If you're not at University Park, students at Commonealth Campuses can contact their Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of this program, schedule an appointment with Nimisha Thakur, the education abroad adviser for this program.For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button at the top of this page. You must complete the following materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
1 or 2 academic recommendation(s)
Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with IES as a part of your Penn State application. Applications open approximately one year before the program term begins.