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  • Locations: Dublin, Ireland
  • See instructions below in Dates/Deadlines section

    Program Terms:
    Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Restrictions: Notre Dame applicants only
  • Expenses students are responsible for: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

You MUST choose your FIRST PREFERENCE SEMESTER when applying.

DO NOT apply to the same program for different terms. You will be able to indicate your openness to alternate semesters within the application questionnaire.

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Direct Enroll plus ND course(s), Exchange Program Recommended GPA: 3.3
Housing Options: Dormitory Language Prerequisite: None
College: College of Arts & Letters, College of Engineering, College of Science, Mendoza College of Business Language of Instruction: English
Class Level While Abroad: Junior Only Language Courses Offered: Yes
Minimum Credit Load: 13 Program Director: David Younger
Special Opportunities: Community Based Learning, Field Trips Eligible Majors: Any
Program Required Approvals: Advising Dean Approval, DUS Approval Program Required References: Academic Reference
Program Information:

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Notre Dame's program in Ireland is located in the heart of the city of Dublin, a capital city of 1,000,000 people located on the Irish Sea on the east coast of Ireland. Physically a small city—all the major museums and sites are within walking distance—it has a rich cultural life manifested especially in its established and experimental theater and traditional Irish and classical music. Dublin also boasts several excellent museums including the National Museum, with Celtic objects from the 8th and 9th centuries, and the National Gallery of paintings, which has a large collection of Irish artists. It is a young city, with over 100,000 college-age students in its many educational institutions. Students take their courses at Trinity College Dublin, established in 1592.

Program Dates for 2018-19*
Academic Year: Mid-September through late May
Fall Semester (Michaelmas): Early-September 
Spring Semester (Hillary): Early January through late May

Monday 3 September: all students arrive and are picked up at Dublin airport, orientation week begins
Monday 10 September: TCD and UCD classes begin
Week of 22 October: TCD Reading Week
Monday 29 October: Bank Holiday
Friday 30 November: TCD and UCD classes end
Week of 3 December: TCD and UCD Reading Week
10-15 December: TCD Exams
10-21 December: UCD Exams

*Please take program dates into consideration and how they may coincide or conflict with internship and other academic requirements.

Academic Program
Students will take courses at the Keough-Naughton Notre Dame Study Center in Dublin, and at one of the Republic of Ireland's best universities—Trinity College Dublin (TCD). Notre Dame's Keough-Naughton Center is located at O'Connell House on Merrion Square, the most elegant Georgian square in central Dublin. The building was the former home of Daniel O'Connell, the early 19th century Irish Catholic political leader.  Notre Dame's Center is directed by Professor Kevin Whelan, an historian and member of the Royal Irish Academy.

The ND Dublin Program is a perfect complement to the broad offering of courses by the
Department of Irish Language and Literature and the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies. Courses in the Irish Language are offered along with Beginning Irish which is offered every fall and spring: IRLL 101. There are also a wide range of courses on Irish Literature and Culture, that are valuable both before and after the Ireland Study Abroad experience.

Students in the Dublin program are required to take the course "Introduction to Ireland" taught by Prof. Kevin Whelan, at the Keough-Naughton Study Center, which carries 3 credits. This course is cross listed for HIST, SOC, ANTH, and IRST and satisfies the University history or social science requirement at ND. Students will join other Notre Dame students in the Dublin program who are attending UCD at the ND Study Center for the course "Introduction to Ireland". Two weekend trips are included with the course. One trip usually visits a site in the North of Ireland, and the second trip visits a site in the western or southern portion of Ireland.

The Notre Dame Center usually offers an optional Literature course in the Spring semester, taught by Declan Kiberd. The course is "Modern Irish Writing: 1950-2010. The course is cross listed in ENGL and IRST and satisfies the University Literature Requirement.
  • All other courses are taken at Trinity College Dublin (TCD). Students must take a total of 13 ND credits or 5 courses for the semester.
  • Course offerings at TCD can be found on their module website for visiting students.
  • Current course offerings are available on line in August for the upcoming academic calendar year.
  • Past approved TCD courses can be found on the ND -TCD course database.
  • Several Theology courses that satisfy the ND University requirement can be found in the Loyola Institute for Catholic Studies website.
  • Semester only students should: Choose courses that are completed within their particular semester of study (fall semester = Michaelmas semester at TCD, spring semester = Hillary semester)
Special Considerations
  • Please note that this is a competitive program with a limited number of spaces.
Site Calendar
  • Fall semester begins in early Sept. and Spring semester usually begins in early January
  • Students studying for the full academic year are responsible for their expenses over the break.
  • Sophomores wishing to pursue the TCD option need to have a 3.3 GPA or higher by the end of the fall semester of their sophomore year.
  • TCD does not have a "business school", business majors usually take courses in their second major, ND University requirements, or electives.
  • Students need to have an academic background in the subject(s) they would like to pursue, which TCD states is 3-4 courses in the subject.
  • Students must be able to adapt to the Irish system of education, as they will be students of Trinity and subject to the same exam system as Irish students enrolled at the University. Note that the Trinity calendar allocates reading days and an exam timetable only at the end of the full academic year and not at the end of the fall semester. Those attending for the fall semester only will either have an exam immediately following the last class day, or be given an outside assignment by the course instructor due before their departure.
  • Notre Dame nominates students to Trinity College. A secondary application directly to Trinity is required in the semester prior to participation along with a hard copy academic recommendation. This application requires another academic recommendation on dept. letterhead. Students will be required to obtain this form.
  • Application deadline is November 1st, of a student's sophomore year. On line applications for this program require one academic recommendation before being selected to the program. 
Special Opportunities
  • The Dublin Program is noted for its organized service opportunities. Students regularly drop in to help coach basketball at St. Louis Primary School, and participate in one service event as a group during the semester.
  • The Dublin Program also includes a Community Based Learning component, which is part of the “Introduction to Ireland” required course. This allows a pre-selected group of students of the program to formally commit 2-3 hours a week to a service site in Dublin. The students write weekly journals and the required final research essay for the course involves their work at the service site. Applications for the CBL component are available from the CSC during pre-departure meetings in the semester prior to participation.
Service site opportunities have included:
  • Aisling Project
  • Fighting Words
  • Foundations Project
  • Friends of the Elderly
  • Separated Children’s Educational Services
  • Special Olympics, Dublin
  • Solas
Housing and Meals
  • Students will live in dormitories on the TCD main campus, or off campus in Trinity Hall, which is 2.5 miles outside of City Center and close to the residential area of Dartry. Notre Dame students live with other international and Irish students.
  • Students will live in single rooms or doubles with shared kitchen facilities. Students will shop for groceries and prepare meals in their kitchens. Cafeterias and restaurants can be found on campus and in Dublin City Center. A stipend to cover partial food expenses is given in USD to students on a monthly basis to purchase and prepare food.  The ND Dublin Center provides a Monday evening common dinner before the mandatory course: Introduction to Ireland. TCD dorms are equipped with kitchens and a dining area per each flat.
  • Housing, transportation, and most meals are provided on the group weekend trips.
If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months past your program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas well before your program begins. For more information about obtaining and renewing passports visit the United States Postal Service.

US students do not need a visa to study in Ireland. Although, they do have to register with the Garda within the first few weeks of their arrival and pay the 300 euro fee.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.