Dublin City University Study Abroad and Degree Abroad Programmes

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Thinking about where you would like to study, what you want to study and how you apply?

Dublin City University (DCU) is a warm and welcoming environment for students from over 114 countries who wish to take a semester in Dublin, a full time undergraduate degree or a postgraduate masters programme. The International Office will help you with advice on all aspects of study in DCU including courses, tuition fees and making your application as well as information and practical details about life in Dublin and in DCU.

At 30 years of age, DCU is Ireland's youngest but most ambitious University. If you would like to be part of it, here are a few reasons that may help you decide.

DCU offers over 100 programmes in a wide range of subject areas, many of which are unique interdisciplinary programmes.

DCU staff has had an unparalleled success in winning external competitive project-centred research funds and securing large-scale research collaborations with industrial partners.

DCU has an excellent reputation for personalised attention and support for students by faculty and staff.

DCU students are consistently among the highest number of employed graduates in Ireland. Our approach to education is founded on the integration of professional and personal development, the benefits of which are confirmed by frequent positive feedback from employers and by the consistently high placement rates of our graduates.

DCU was the first university in Ireland to introduce work placement (INTRA) as part of its degree programmes.

At DCU, extra-curricular activities can be recognised and accredited through the Uaneen Module.

DCU is situated in one of Europe's most vibrant capitals Dublin. Home to world famous writers and musicians - you'll love it.

International in its programmes, staff and student body, with international students coming from more than 114 countries and making up 16% of the DCU campus community.

With top class sports and recreation facilities there is always something to do. You can join one or more of the 100 Student Societies or 40 + Sports Clubs.

DCU is also home to Ireland's largest performing arts centre, the Helix.

Dublin City University is situated on an 85 acre campus three miles north of the River Liffey in the city centre and just a 15-minute drive from Dublin airport. With the city just a short bus drive away, students of DCU have the best of both worlds: the social and cultural benefits of city life, but with the security and vibrancy of a university campus built very much for today.


DCU Study Abroad Programme:

Any student who is currently pursuing a course of study at an institute of education outside of Ireland and has completed one year of study can apply to become a Study Abroad student at DCU. Students can attend accredited modules and arrange with their home institution for credit transfer. Study Abroad students can choose from a range of modules from any of our Schools and accumulate up to a total of 30 ECTS credits (18 US credits) worth of modules in each semester (generally 6 modules). There are 4 Study Abroad Streams at DCU - HMSAO (Humanities), ECSAO (Engineering and Computing), SHSAO (Science and Health) and BSSAO (Business). Students are registered for the stream which relates to their chosen major. Students should have a good standing at their home institutions and should have achieved a good average to date, such as a G.P.A. of 3.0 (or equivalent) to be eligible for the programme. See the website for further details.

DCU Undergraduate Full Degree Programmes:

Our undergraduate degrees are designed to give you practical and transferable skills for our modern economy and society as well as stimulating an entrepreneurial spirit. We specialise in modern humanities and social sciences, engineering and computing, business and innovation, science, health and human performance and education studies. We advise you to choose a course suited to your interest and aptitude.
Undergraduate Study

Entry requirements:

When assessing applications, we like to familiarise ourselves with students' full academic potential. This includes not only a student's academic achievements to date but also their potential to succeed in the course applied for.

Your application should evidence an overall strong academic achievement throughout high school. Your high school record should include Mathematics and English. Some programmes may require additional subjects, such as Chemistry or Biology or Physics for programmes in the Sciences. In addition, you should plan to sit the SAT or ACT test and / or have enrolled in higher-level subjects during your final years in high school. Our minimum requirements include the following:

GPA: A strong overall GPA should be evident

SAT 1: A balanced 1725 or higher on the new SAT test, with no component less than 550

Advanced Placement (AP) or Subject-specific SAT Tests: Applicants are also strongly encouraged to take Advanced Placement courses and tests wherever possible as they provide additional insight into a student's academic performance in specific subjects. A minimum test score of 4 in relevant subjects is desirable. This is particularly important where a specific subject is required for your chosen programme (information on additional subjects required for any of our undergraduate programmes can be found in our online Undergraduate Prospectus on the website.

Subject-specific SAT test scores are an acceptable alternative to the Advanced Placement test scores.

Other evidence of a high level of academic achievement submitted as part of an application should also be submitted where available.

Applicants from the US wishing to apply for an undergraduate programme at DCU should submit a direct application form to DCU. The form can be downloaded from our website. Apart from completing this form we request that candidates send the following additional information directly to the Registry at DCU to support their application:

* Transcript with classes and grades
* Information on any SAT or ACT tests taken
* Information on any AP test scores taken or details on tests due to be taken
* A reference from a teacher or guidance counsellor
* A profile of the school if available

Candidates from the USA who are pursuing other international qualifications such as the full International Baccalaureate Diploma or A levels are not required to submit the above additional information.

Students are requested to apply to DCU by 15th February so that we can make an early decision on the application wherever possible. While the University continues to accept applications until 1 July where places remain, the deadline should be observed especially for highly popular courses. See the Website for further details.

Postgraduate Programmes:

Postgraduate taught programmes are open to students who have completed an undergraduate degree. There is a wide range of courses to choose from that lead to M.A., M.B.S., M.Sc. and M.Eng. qualifications. Many of these are interdisciplinary, involving different schools or faculties. The programmes are delivered through lectures and seminars. Taught postgraduate courses normally take one year of full-time study, with the summer vacation of the final year being devoted to the preparation and submission of a dissertation related to a specific aspect of the programme of study. See our website for programme and application details.

9 Overall Experience

Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies

The MAIS program at DCU offers a broad, interdisciplinary study of all things intercultural. Many of the core courses are theory based. You have a choice of electives in departments ranging from Film Studies and Literature to Politics and Linguistics. At times, because of the nature of this interdisciplinary field, the course requirements feel scattered and not the most cohesive. The final semester is spent honing in on your research topic and brainstorming with your thesis advisor, before research and writing during the summer semester. Overall, this course is a great choice if your primary objective for grad school is academics based, but probably not the best choice if you are looking for practical work experience in the intercultural field. Perhaps an internship component of this program would solve that problem...

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