CEA Dublin Center
The CEA Dublin Center opened in January 2010 and is designed to provide a unique interdisciplinary liberal arts and business education in the dynamic and fascinating city of Dublin, Ireland. With the city acting as their classroom, students take courses offered in a range of business and liberal arts subjects, and enjoy an unrepeatable opportunity to actively improve their global competency and further their academic pursuits immersed in a city where the traditional Celtic world and the modern era of high-tech business blend effortlessly. A unique aspect of the CEA Dublin Center is its 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 US and EU students. This partnership affords CEA students 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, the curriculum at the CEA Dublin Center focuses on international business and culture in Ireland. Multiple activities, designed to take the curriculum out of the classroom and into the community, are incorporated into all of the courses. These typically include visits to museums, the Parliament, local and international businesses, as well as first-hand encounters with Dubliners and non-Dubliners through interviews, social and sporting events. Even outside school hours, students are encouraged to apply the learning experience, drawing ‘real-life’ connections between the subjects they examine during class time and the daily life of the host community. This ongoing, active, and reflective structure of study not only helps students gain a better historical and social understanding of Dublin and contemporary Ireland, but helps them develop the international cultural fluency required to communicate and function effectively in an increasingly globalized world.
In fact the mission of the CEA Dublin Center is not simply to provide students with the tools and direction to learn about Ireland, but also to reflect and articulate critically on their own national, cultural and social identities. Consequently students are expected to actively participate in their classes (as both individuals and as group-members) since interaction and collaboration will be critical for the students' academic and future professional success. Faculty selected to teach at the CEA Dublin Center are therefore committed to fostering the intellectual and cultural growth of the students by engaging them in lively debates, multi-media research presentations and round-table discussions. Purposeful small learning environments provide the flexibility to accommodate individual student needs and learning styles, as well as encourage students to embrace the open-door policy of faculty.
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, students will receive credit for their work from UNH. Located in Connecticut, the University of New Haven is a student-focused, comprehensive university and is 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. Therefore, 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. Learn more about UNH serving as the University of Record for CEA.
- Classes are taught by international faculty selected by CEA and approved by the University of New Haven.
- Faculty represent a variety of different 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.
- Classes are specifically designed to be taken with other CEA students and in some cases with European students of the International School of Business.
- Teaching styles in Ireland can be very different from those found in the US or Canada. Be prepared to adapt to the different classroom structures and coursework expectations for your school.
- Class size ranges between 15 and 25 students for electives. These small class sizes will enable you to receive more personalized attention from your instructors.
Professors will carefully evaluate student's work and progress throughout their academic session. Written and oral exercises, homework assignments, attendance, classroom participation and performance on exams will be taken into account when calculating the final grade.
The following grading system is in use at the CEA Dublin Center.
||97.0 - 100%
||94.0 - 96.9%
||90.0 – 93.9%
||87.0 – 89.9%
||84.0 – 86.9%
||80.0 – 83.9%
||77.0 – 79.9%
||70.0 – 76.9%
||60.0 – 69.9%
||0 - 59.9%
Completion of a course is defined as a receipt of a letter grade (A+ to F) as opposed to Withdrawal or Incomplete.
In order 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).