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CEA Dublin Center

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Accreditation

Courses at the CEA Dublin Center are designed in conjunction with, approved, and transcripted by the University of New Haven, which is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the New England Association for Schools and Colleges.

The CEA Dublin Center opened its doors in 2010 and provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and business education in the heart of Dublin, with courses in a range of business and liberal arts subjects. You’ll enjoy an invaluable opportunity to actively improve your global competency while immersed in a city where the traditional Celtic world and the modern era blend effortlessly. The CEA Dublin Center enjoys a unique association with the International School of Business, which specializes in study abroad programs for European students. The CEA Dublin Center and ISB share teaching facilities and housing options, leading to a richer cultural experience for both U.S. and EU students. This partnership also offers you all the benefits of a large school, while maintaining an intimate classroom experience.

Designed to build on the natural strengths of the city’s history, culture, and business environment, curriculum at the CEA Dublin Center focuses on international business and culture in Ireland. Each course incorporates multiple activities, designed to take the curriculum out of the classroom and into the community. These may include visits to museums, Parliament, local and international businesses, and first-hand encounters with locals through interviews, social activities, and sporting events. You’re encouraged to apply the lessons learned in class to real-life, drawing connections between the subjects examined during class and daily life in the host community. This ongoing, active, and reflective structure of study not only helps you gain a better historical and social understanding of Dublin and contemporary Ireland, but helps you develop the international cultural fluency required to communicate and function effectively in an increasingly globalized world.

The CEA Dublin Center’s mission is not simply to provide you with the tools and direction to learn about Ireland, but also to reflect and articulate critically on your own national, cultural and social identities. Faculty at the CEA Dublin Center foster intellectual and cultural growth by engaging in lively debates, multi-media research presentations, and round-table discussions. Purposefully small learning environments provide the flexibility to accommodate individual student needs and learning styles.

Courses taught at the CEA Dublin Center have been designed in conjunction with, and approved by, the University of New Haven (UNH). In addition, faculty appointments have been approved by UNH. After the successful completion of a session at the CEA Dublin Center, you will receive credit for your work from UNH. Located in Connecticut, the University of New Haven is a student-focused, comprehensive university that’s fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The agreement between CEA and UNH follows the highest standards of good practice in education abroad and satisfies the rigorous requirements of the University's institutional accreditor, making credits earned at the CEA Dublin Center are easily transferable to US-accredited institutions. Learn more about UNH's service as the University of Record for CEA.

Classroom and Information

  • Classes are taught by international faculty selected by CEA and approved by the University of New Haven.
  • Faculty come from diverse academic and professional backgrounds.
  • Periodic exams, homework assignments, and final exams will be administered.
  • Attendance in all classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • You’ll attend class with other CEA students and, in some cases, with European students at the International School of Business.
  • Teaching styles in Ireland may differ from those in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to different classroom structures and coursework expectations.
  • Class size ranges from 15 to 25 students for electives, allowing you to receive personalized attention from instructors.

Grading

Professors will carefully evaluate your work and progress throughout the session. When calculating final grades, instructors consider written and oral exercises, homework assignments, attendance, classroom participation, and exam performance.

The following grading system is in use at the CEA Dublin Center.

CEA Grading Scale (Effective Spring 2017)

Letter Grade

Numerical Grade Low Range

Numerical Grade High Range

Percentage Range

Quality Points

A+

9.70

10.00

97.0 - 100%

4.00

A

9.40

9.69

94.0 - 96.9%

4.00

A-

9.00

9.39

90.0 – 93.9%

3.70

B+

8.70

8.99

87.0 – 89.9%

3.30

B

8.40

8.69

84.0 – 86.9%

3.00

B-

8.00

8.39

80.0 – 83.9%

2.70

C+

7.70

7.99

77.0 – 79.9%

2.30

C

7.40

7.69

74.0 – 76.9%

2.00

C-

7.00

7.39

70.0- 73.9%

1.70

D

6.00

6.99

60.0 – 69.9%

1.00

F

0.00

5.99

0 - 59.9%

0.00

W

Withdrawal

 

 

0.00

INC

Incomplete

 

 

0.00

Completion of a course is defined as a receipt of a letter grade (A+ to F), as opposed to Withdrawal or Incomplete.

To determine a quality point ratio, each letter grade from a completed course is assigned a quality point value. The quality point value for each grade earned during a semester is multiplied by the number of semester hours assigned to that course. The sum of these points is the total number of quality points earned during the semester. It is divided by the number of semester hours completed to obtain the quality point ratio (QPR).

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Dublin City University

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Accreditation

Dublin City University is accredited by Department of Education and Skills, Ireland and is a member of the European University Association (EUA).

Dublin City University (DCU) is situated on an 85-acre campus just a 10-minute bus drive from the city center. Students at DCU enjoy the best of both worlds: the social and cultural benefits of city life, and the security and vibrancy of a modern campus. DCU opened its doors in 1980 with the goal of creating a highly-trained workforce in the fields like business, science, electronics, computer technology, communications, and languages. Today, DCU is recognized as a center of academic excellence, with more than 12,000 students and 120 programs across four faculties: Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Health, Engineering and Computing, and the DCU Business School.

DCU has introduced a number of innovative ideas to the Irish education system. For instance, DCU was the first university in Ireland to introduce work placement (INTRA) into degree programs, and the first to offer interdisciplinary degree programs. DCU’s research centers are known for their international collaboration with other universities and across industries. These research centers transcend traditional boundaries, integrating academic disciplines such as biotechnology, electronic engineering, physics, and chemistry. 

In addition, the campus’ bright, modern architecture makes DCU a vibrant, attractive place to study; even the layout encourages community interaction, from the library at the east end to the restaurant and Helix Arts Centre at the west end. Here, students live, learn, and develop in a dynamic environment. 

Classroom and Information

  • International faculty from DCU teach electives.
  • Periodic exams, homework assignments, and final exams (spring semester only) will be administered.
  • Attendance in some classes is mandatory and monitored by professors.
  • Teaching styles in Ireland may differ from those in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to different classroom structures and coursework expectations.
  • Class size ranges between 15 and 30 students for upper division courses, and 50 to 300 students for lectures.
  • You will attend class with CEA participants, other international students, and Irish students.

Grading

American students may find a different system of accountability than they’re used to at their home universities. Irish professors assume that you are there to learn and they typically do not take responsibility for your learning, so you may find that you don’t have the same system of accountability that you are used to at your home school. You are responsible for knowing the subject matter and researching topics related to your course. In addition, many English professors will not give feedback about how you are doing. Grades are usually based on a final exam, paper, or oral presentation. Quizzes, homework assignments, and midterms are rare. Even if homework is not assigned, you will still be responsible for knowing the material at the end of the semester.

DCU grades on a 100-point scale with 70+ equaling an "A+". Please keep in mind that scores above 70 are uncommon.

DCU

Verbal Grade

DCU

Numerical Grade

(Mark Awarded)

American

Letter Grade

First Class Honours

70 - 100%

A

Second Class Honours, Grade 1

65 - 69%

A-

60 - 64%

B+

Second Class Honours, Grade 2

55 - 59%

B

50 - 54%

B-

Third Class Honours

45 - 49%

C+

40 - 44%

C

Fail

0 - 39%

F

 

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International School of Business

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Accreditation

International School of Business, Dublin is accredited by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI – formerly HETAC), the national body responsible for higher education in Ireland.

The International School of Business was established in 2009 and is a young, vibrant, university-level institution. Located in the very heart of Dublin, ISB offers a dynamic context in which to study international business. ISB specializes in study abroad programs for European students and is accredited by the Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI – formerly HETAC). This accreditation ensures the quality of educational services and aligns ISB to the National European Framework for higher education. ISB shares CEA’s mission and objectives in the area of international education and offers students a range of study abroad opportunities in Dublin. CEA Dublin Center and ISB share teaching facilities and housing options, leading to a richer cultural experience for both U.S. and EU students.

The CEA Dublin Center’s mission is not simply to provide you with the tools and direction to learn about Ireland, but also to reflect and articulate critically on your own national, cultural and social identities. Faculty at the CEA Dublin Center foster intellectual and cultural growth through lively debates, multi-media research presentations, and round-table discussions. Purposefully small learning environments provide the flexibility to accommodate individual needs and learning styles.

Classroom and Information

  • Classes are taught by Irish and international faculty. 
  • Faculty represent diverse academic and professional backgrounds. 
  • Periodic exams, homework assignments, and final exams will be administered. 
  • Attendance in all classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor. 
  • You’ll attend class with other CEA students and, in some cases, with European students at the International School of Business. 
  • Teaching styles in Ireland may differ from those in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to different classroom structures and coursework expectations.
  • Class size ranges from 15 to 25 students for electives, allowing you to receive personalized attention from instructors. 

Grading

Professors will carefully evaluate your work and progress throughout the session. When calculating final grades, instructors consider written and oral exercises, homework assignments, attendance, classroom participation, and exam performance. The following grading system is in use at the CEA Dublin Center. The Irish university grading system is in use at ISB Dublin: 

Irish Grade

Irish Term

USA Letter Grade

USA Numeric Grade

85-100

Distinction (1.0)

A+

97-100

70-84

First Class Hons (1.1)

A

94-96

65-69

Second Class Hons (2.1)

A-

90-93

60-64

Second Class Hons (2.1)

B+

87-89

55-59

Third Class Hons (2.2)

B

84-86

51-54

Third Class Hons (2.2)

B-

81-83

46-50

Third Class Hons (2.2)

C+

78-80

42-45

Pass

C

76-77

40-41

Pass

C-

74-75

35-39

Fail

D+

71-73

28-34

Fail

D

64-70

24-27

Fail

D-

60-63

0-23

Fail

F

35-59

 

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CEA Staff

Our dedicated on-site staff works to ensure your well-being. CEA staff will assist you with any questions that may arise during your program, help you transition into local culture, monitor your academic progress, and organize cultural and social activities.

Francis Kelly

Center Director
Dublin, Ireland
Francis's role is to manage the CEA Dublin Center including facilities, staff, activities, housing, excursions, and pastoral support. Francis is also the Founder and Director of the International School of Business, Dublin, CEA's partner institution in Dublin.
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Darragh O Briain

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Dublin, Ireland
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