Dublin
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Study Abroad in Dublin, Ireland

Dublin

Founded by the Vikings more than 1,000 years ago, today’s Dublin is both an ancient city and home to Europe's youngest population. Ireland’s capital city is also an important commercial and economic center, making it the ideal place to gain hands-on experience through internships, service learning, and volunteering. See centuries of British influence as you explore Dublin’s elegant Georgian squares, spacious parks, and impressive public buildings. Live where generations of famous Irish playwrights, writers, musicians, and singers have found inspiration. Get to know the city’s modern-day mix of recent immigrants from around the world, all set in the rich context of Irish culture. When you study abroad in Dublin, the opportunities to immerse into the city’s unique mix of old and new are endless.

About the Country

Ireland

Study abroad in Ireland to connect with Europe’s most warm and welcoming people. With a history reaching all the way back to the Mesolithic period, Ireland has a wealth of fascinating landmarks to see and learn from. Kiss the Blarney Stone, a limestone block that’s part of the medieval Blarney Castle, and find out if it really does give you the gift of gab. Step back in time at the Rock of Cashel, fifth century home to Munster’s kings, where it overlooks the pastoral countryside in County Tipperary. Meet the Benedictine nuns who live in Kylemore Castle, a 19th century private home transformed into an abbey after World War I, and walk through their Victorian gardens. Take a tour of Kilmainham Gaol, the Dublin prison where the leaders of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising were imprisoned and executed and where many other pro-independence Irish men and women were held during the war. Walk the five thousand year old burial grounds at Newgrange, where Irish kings were laid to rest. Visit the beautiful St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, where 18th century author Johnathan Swift once served as the Dean. In a country known for its verdant, unspoiled landscape, don’t be surprised if you want to spend as much time outside as your class schedule allows. Visit one of the sheep farms situated in Ireland’s rolling green hills. Go night kayaking on Lough Hyne in West Cork and let the bioluminescent phytoplankton living in the lake guide you with their light. Get up close to Fungie the wild dolphin, who’s been greeting visitors in Dingle Bay for decades. Visit the famous Cliffs of Moher, dramatically rising almost four hundred feet above the Atlantic in County Clare. If you’re in Dublin, you don’t have to leave city limits to get your nature fix: Phoenix Park, the largest enclosed park in any European capital, features acres of fields where wild deer graze, Victorian flower gardens, and the Dublin Zoo. For a more rugged adventure, the Wicklow Mountains invite you to hike through their gorgeous terrain into the Glendalough Valley. Bike the Waterford Greenway, a dedicated off-road track connecting Waterford and Dungarvan, and take in the lovely views of the Clonea Strand Beach. Roam Killarney National Park to bask in mossy green woodlands, watch colorful sunsets by the lake, and tour the grounds of Muckross House, a pristinely preserved 19th century estate.  

Francis Kelly, Center Director, Dublin

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. More

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Local Highlights

Iveagh Gardens

These beautiful public gardens in the center of Dublin offer an oasis of peace and tranquility in the midst of the city.


Blessington Basin

Often regarded as Dublin’s secret garden, Blessington Basin is conveniently close to the city center and student housing. Much of the park is taken up by a large lake and fountain, both unusual features for a Dublin park.


Cake Café on Camden Street

The Cake Café's leafy courtyard is a peaceful oasis in the city center. Relax over sugar-dusted sponges, lemon slices, the most excellent coffee, glasses of prosecco, baked egg and soldiers, or that infamous Irish treat, beans on toast.


Honest to Goodness Café

Located across the street from the CEA Center, this café offers excellent and modestly priced sandwiches, as well as hot and cold dishes in a busy (but friendly) environment.


Cliff Hike from Bray to Greystones

One of the highlights of walking in County Wicklow is this well-maintained, 4.3-mile walk that leads you from Bray to Greystones along the scenic coast. Those spectacular ocean views and sightings of marine wildlife along the way are sure to help you work up an appetite, so grab a bite in Greystones before jumping on light rail (DART) for your easy return trip to Dublin.


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University of Alabama,
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