Anthropology, Art History, Business/Management/Finance, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, Drama/Theater/Performing Arts, Economics, Film Studies, History, Internship, Literature, Political Science, Service Learning, Social Sciences/Sociology
Please note that this program has split into two seperate tracks beginning Fall 2015. STudents interested in the general study track should apply for IES: Dublin, Irish Studies. Students interested in studying theatre and acting should apply for IES: Dublin, National Theatre School of Ireland-Gaiety School of Acting.
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. 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.
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 on a Pass/Fail basis.
Students are required to register for a minimum of 15 credits, and can enroll in a maximum of 19 credits per semester.
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. Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
*The University Office of Global Programs is committed to making its websites accessible to all users. As such we are currently developing a new course equivalency database which will launch in Academic Year 2014-2015. In the meantime if you require an accessible version of the course equivalency information provided for this program please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
3.0 Cumulative GPA
Sophomore class standing or higher at time of study
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 Fall budget sheet and Spring budget sheet. 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 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 and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.
For More Information
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact 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. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with 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 on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
One academic recommendation
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with IES as a part of your Penn State application either at time of application or upon acceptance.