Study Abroad in Dublin, Ireland

Quick Facts | Why Dublin? | City Description | Host Institutions | Internships & Service Learning | Housing| Excursions

Course Offerings | Costs & Dates | What’s Included | Program Itinerary | FAQs



Quick Facts

Host Institutions:
Eligibility Rules: click here
Language: All classes are taught in English.
Academic Focus:
  • GRIFFITH COLLEGE (Semester): Accounting, Advertising, Business, Communications, Computer Science, Economics, Hospitality Management, Irish History and Culture, Journalism and Media, Marketing. Click here for full course offerings.
  • MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY (Semester): Accounting, Anthropology, Ancient Classics, Applied Social Studies, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design Innovation, Economics, Education, Electronic Engineering, English, European Studies, Experimental Physics, Finance, French, Geography, German, History, Irish Studies, Law, Mathematics, Mathematical Physics, Media Studies, Medieval Irish and Celtic Studies, Music, Philosophy, Politics, Portuguese, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Theology. Click here for full course offerings.
  • MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY (Summer): Anthropology, Business, Economics, Environmental Politics, Literature. Click here for full course offerings.
  • Semester Programs (all): All students live in shared apartments in on-campus residence halls. Internet is included. Meals are not included.
  • Summer Program (Maynooth): All students live in shared apartments in on-campus residence halls. Internet is included. Breakfast is included Mon-Fri. All other meals are not included.
  • For further details about housing in Dublin, please click here!
Sample Day Excursions: Wicklow/Glendalough, Celtic Heritage Tour, Kilkenny & Kilkenny Castle
Sample Overnight Excursion: Galway

Why Dublin?

  • Largest city in Ireland, and the capital
  • Take classes alongside Irish students
  • Some of the friendliest people in Europe, who enjoy sharing their culture
  • Modern city with all the amenities, but retains a small-town feel
  • Easy access to travel in the rest of Europe

City Description – Medium city over 1 million

There are few better cities than Dublin, the capital of Ireland, in which to enjoy your time as a student. Dublin began as a Viking settlement over 1,000 years ago; now, it has a population of 1.5 million people. Today, Dublin strikes the perfect balance between a small town atmosphere with the excitement and amenities of a big city.

You will soon learn that the warm and friendly reputation of Irish people is not without merit! In no time, you’ll know how to ask, “Where’s the craic?” just like the locals do – craic being the Irish word for fun, banter, and good times.

A city of culture, Dublin boasts a wide variety of art galleries, museums, theatres, cinemas, shops, restaurants and cafés, nightclubs, and parks. Dublin is a university town with a proud tradition of learning and scholarship and a large student population. The city attracts young people from all over the world, who come to experience its legendary, lively ambiance. 


Established in 1974, Griffith College Dublin is one of the top private universities in Ireland and enrolls about 5,000 students. Its seven-acre campus is located within walking distance of St. Stephen’s Green and the heart of Dublin. Griffith College offers small class sizes, lecturers known for their approachability, and classmates from Ireland and 56 other countries.

A great way to make new friends is to join the Students’ Union and take part in student clubs and societies, such as paintball, film society, soccer, cricket, or rugby. The Students’ Union also organizes weekly activities on campus, such as discos and trivia nights, as well as the Griffith Ball in the Spring. The crown jewel of the school year, the Griffith Ball is an extravagant formal occasion with dinner, live music, and dancing. It is never missed by our students attending the Spring semester!

ASA students attending Griffith College will live on campus in the Griffith Halls of Residence. The Griffith Halls of Residence consist of cluster flats, each with 2 double bedrooms, shared kitchen, and Internet access. Meals are not included. Students from all over the world live in the residence hall, making for a diverse and international atmosphere!

Student Ambassadors to Education in Ireland

Education in Ireland is an organization dedicated to raising awareness of the quality of Irish education. One of their newest initiatives is the Student Ambassador Program, recognized by the government of Ireland. ASA is proud to report that 3 ASA Griffith College students have been selected for this prestigious position! Student Ambassadors publish blogs, videos, and articles about their experiences in Ireland and receive high-level training in online communications. In addition to being an excellent résumé builder, being an ambassador has some pretty big perks. For example, past ambassadors were flown back to Ireland in the Spring as part of their ambassadorship, and the high point for two of our students was getting to meet the President of Ireland!  Maybe you could be next!


Maynooth University traces its origins back to 1795. It is one of the top ranked universities in Ireland and was the first institution outside the United States to be ranked in the Princeton Review. MU welcomes over 8,400 students from more than 50 countries. Building on a tradition of scholarship and excellence in all aspects of its teaching and research, over 90% of Maynooth University faculty hold PhDs. Its vibrant and beautiful campus offers a friendly and personal atmosphere, as well as a first-class center of learning and research. At Maynooth University, you can have a true Irish university experience by studying amongst primarily Irish students.

Maynooth is Ireland’s only university town and has a population of about 12,500. Located only a 15-minute train ride from Dublin city – with inexpensive trains and buses running every half hour – Maynooth gives you the best of both worlds. You’ll enjoy a safe, charming, small-town atmosphere plus easy access to Ireland’s modern capital city of 1.5 million. That said, being a university town, Maynooth has plenty of its own student-centered nightlife, and there’s always something going on!

Maynooth University is home to several world renowned research institutes, including: NCG (National Centre for Geocomputation), NIRSA (National Institute for Research and Spatial Analysis), and An Foras Feasa, the Institute for Research in Irish Historical and Cultural Traditions.

Maynooth University guarantees on-campus housing for all international students. The Halls of Residence consist of cluster flats, each with 4-8 single occupancy bedrooms, kitchen, and Internet access.

Maynooth University has over 100 student clubs and societies, catering to all interests. Just a few of the societies you could join include gospel choir, jazz, comedy, gaming, business, and Amnesty International. Joining the Gaelic Football club, in particular, is strongly recommended because you are virtually guaranteed to make Irish friends!  Maynooth University also has excellent sports facilities, including a swimming pool, fitness center, gymnasium, and 4 playing fields. Make new Irish friends by joining one of the university’s over 30 sports clubs, such as rugby, skiing, volleyball, basketball, hockey, kickboxing, equestrian, archery, soccer, or even ladies’ or men’s football. The nearby River Liffey plays host to the canoe and kayak club, and you can walk, golf, or ride horses at Carton Estate.

Internships and Service Learning Opportunities

ASA students attending the Spring semester at Maynooth University (Dublin) have the option to extend their stay by participating in a summer Internship or Service Learning Project. The Internship/Service Learning project will begin immediately after the conclusion of the Spring semester and will last for 4 weeks. Housing is provided during the Internship/Service Learning project, as well as 4-week travel pass for commuting to/from campus and your work placement. Internship/Service Learning placement services and on-site support during your placement are provided by Maynooth University. Internships are available in Business, Marketing, Communications, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), Travel, Tourism, and Hospitality. Service Learning projects are available in Youth Service (at-risk children or after-school groups), Animal Care (shelters, stables, and pounds), Community Outreach (community centers and public bodies), and Elderly Support (nursing homes and community centers). This is available as an “add-on” to our Spring semester program at Maynooth University; it is not available as a stand-alone option or during Fall semester. For full details about Internship and Service Learning opportunities in Ireland, please click here.


ASA students in Dublin will live on campus at their respective host university. Residence Halls at Griffith College consist of cluster flats, each with 2 double bedrooms, shared kitchen, and Internet access. Residence Halls at Maynooth University also consist of cluster flats, each with 4-8 single occupancy bedrooms, shared kitchen, and Internet access. Meals are not included, with the exception of the Maynooth University summer program, which includes breakfast Mon-Fri. Students from all over the world live in the residence halls, making for a diverse and international atmosphere. Full details about ASA housing, as well as answers to commonly asked questions, can be found on our Housing page.


Semester programs include 1 overnight excursion and 2 day excursions. Summer programs include 2 day excursions. Destinations may vary by term. Past terms have included trips to:

  • Galway (overnight excursion) – The ASA Galway trip is jam-packed with Irish culture! You’ll see Connemara and its megalithic tombs, the Cliffs of Moher (the most magnificent vista in all of Ireland), Burren National Park, Limerick, and even traditional sheep shearing demonstrations.
  • Wicklow and Glendalough (day excursion) – See hidden Guinness Lake, breathtaking waterfalls, famous film locations, such as Braveheart and P.S. I Love You, Wicklow National Park, and, finally, Glendalough, dating back to the 6th century.
  • Celtic Heritage Tour (day excursion) – Experience 5,000 years of Ireland’s incredible history, legend, and folklore. We’ll visit prehistoric tombs, Celtic high crosses, ancient abbeys, and the Hill of Tara.
  • Kilkenny and Kilkenny Castle (day excursion) – Kilkenny is a medieval walled city, and there’s no better place to wander, enjoying its ancient cobbled streets and old-world charm. Students will have a guided walking tour of Kilkenny City, including St. Canice’s Cathedral and Jerpoint Abbey. You’ll also tour the amazing Kilkenny Castle, built in 1195.

Costs and Dates

Please CLICK HERE for Costs and Dates.

 What’s Included – ASA Dublin Programs

    • Griffith College Dublin: Double-occupancy room in an on-campus Residence Hall. Meals are not included, though a shared kitchen is provided.
    • Maynooth University: Single-occupancy room in an on-campus Residence Hall. Meals are not included (with the exception of the Summer program – in which breakfast is provided Mon.-Fri.), though a shared kitchen is provided.
    • For further details about housing in Dublin, please click here!
  • TUITION for the maximum number of credits/courses indicated on the program course offerings page. Enrolling in more than the maximum number of credits/courses (if permitted by the host institution) will result in an additional fee.
  • ACADEMIC CREDITS: Students who receive pre-approval from their home institution can transfer the credits they earn to their home institution.
  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT: Final transcript is issued by your host institution. Upon completion of the program, ASA will provide one free shipment of your final transcript to your U.S. institution.
    • All semester programs: 1 overnight excursion and 2 day excursions, locations to be decided.
    • Maynooth University Summer Program: 2 day excursions, locations to be decided.
  • CULTURAL ACTIVITIES within Dublin (museum visits, walking tours, etc.)
  • INTERNET ACCESS: Students will have free Internet access at their host institution and in their program housing.
  • AIRPORT PICK-UP: Group ground transportation is provided from Dublin (DUB) airport for students who arrive on the official arrival date, by the designated time.
  • SITE DIRECTOR: Students will have an on-site director to assist them with any academic or cultural difficulties they may encounter.
  • MEDICAL INSURANCE: Comprehensive international medical insurance is included.  For full details on benefits and coverage, please click here.
  • VISA ADVISING: While students are ultimately responsible for obtaining their visa (if required for their term/host country), ASA will provide detailed, helpful information upon acceptance as to which visa students will need and how to go about applying for one.  Please click here and scroll down to “Student Visa Information” to find out if a visa is required for your program.

Not Included:

  • Round trip airfare and travel expenses to and from the program location
  • Books, materials, lab fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Local transportation
  • Meals (except for the Summer program at Maynooth University, which includes breakfast Mon-Fri)
  • Meals on excursions
  • Laundry
  • Student Visa, if requred
  • Transportation from the airport if the student does not arrive on the official arrival date by the designated time
  • Transportation back to the airport at the end of the program
  • For academic year students or those enrolling in more than one session, housing and all other ASA services and benefits are not provided during the break between sessions.

Click here for Billing Information and Cancellation/Refund Policy

NOTE: If you need a “Costs of Attendance” budget for your financial aid office, or if you simply want an estimate of the not-included costs listed above, please click here.  

Program Itinerary

Please CLICK HERE for detailed program itineraries.


If you have questions about HOW TO APPLY and make sure your credits transfer back to your home university, please CLICK HERE.

We encourage both prospective students and parents, as well as those who have already been accepted to an ASA program, to visit our INFORMATION LIBRARY. Here you will find tons of helpful info to help you know what to plan for and what to expect, such as:

  • ASA Guide to Study Abroad
  • Student Visa info
  • Medical Insurance info
  • Booking your flight
  • Financial Aid info