What You Get

Expect a lot of perks when you study abroad with CEA. From housing to excursions, our inclusions make studying abroad easy!

Here's what you get when you study abroad with CEA in Dublin:

  • Personalized Pre-Departure Advising
  • Visa & Immigration Advising
  • Financial Advising
  • Tuition and Registration
  • Airport Pick-up
  • On-site Orientation
  • City Tour
  • On-site Staff Support
  • 24/7 Emergency Assistance
  • Travel Medical Insurance
  • International Emergency Service Support
  • Welcome & Farewell Events
  • Centrally Located Housing
  • Wellness Activities
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Excursions
  • Student Clubs & Organizations
  • Host Institution Services & Amenities
  • Official Transcript(s)

Housing Options

Our carefully chosen housing options enhance your experience abroad by allowing you to live like a local. While we do attempt to match your preferences with our housing options, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed. Housing and roommate assignments are first-come, first-serve based on availability; apply early to help us organize your housing arrangements.

Student Residence

Immerse into student life when you live in a CEA student residence. Located just a stone’s throw from energetic pubs and tasty restaurants, this housing option embraces the bustling Dublin city center and typically houses European and North American students. If you enjoy living in the city with fellow students, this housing option is a great fit for you. You will be placed in a shared room. Single room is available at an additional fee. This option will be available starting Fall 2019.


CEA Dublin Center: 25-30 minutes walking




  • 1-2 students per bedroom
  • 6-8 students per Residence

Unit Amenities

  • Shared full kitchen
  • Shared bathroom
  • Bed linens included
  • Internet access
  • Communal pay as you go Washer / Dryer
  • Central heating

Session Available

  • Semester


  • Summer (Single): $250 - $500
  • Semester (Single): $1,000 - $1,300


Host families are carefully selected by CEA and provide a typical Irish welcome to students who are away from home. Nutritious meals, a single room, a family environment, and Wi-Fi access combine to create homestays an attractive housing option. Please note that host families do not live in the city center, so students should expect 40–50 minute travel time on public transport to get to the CEA Dublin Center. (Additional Fee applies)


  • CEA Dublin Center: Within 40-50 minutes by public transportation
  • Dublin City University: Within 45 minutes by public transportation


  • Breakfast & Dinner


  • 1 student per room

Unit Amenities

  • Family kitchen
  • Shared bathroom
  • Bed linens included
  • Towels included
  • Internet access
  • Limited telephone access
  • Laundry services provided
  • Central heating

Session Available

  • Semester

DCU Student Residence

Immerse into Irish student life when you live in a Dublin Student Residence. Located just a stone’s throw from energetic pubs and tasty restaurants, Student Residences embrace the bustling city center and typically house Irish, international, and North American students. If you enjoy living in a student community and want to make friends from all over the world, this housing option is a great fit for you. DCU Student Residences are only available to students in Dublin City University programs. Students studying at Dublin City University will select their housing through the DCU portal. Please note, some DCU housing options may carry a supplemental fee. Contact your Site Specialist for details.


  • CEA Dublin Center: 20-25 minutes by public transportation
  • Dublin City University: Student Residence Apartments on Campus




  • 1-2 student per bedroom
  • 3 - 6 students per Residence Apartment

Unit Amenities

  • Shared full kitchen
  • Shared bathroom
  • Bed linens included
  • Internet access
  • Washer and Dryer, pay-per-wash
  • Central heating

Session Available

  • Semester


  • For superior room options only: $800 - $2,000

Independent Living


While CEA highly recommends that you choose one of our Dublin housing options provided, you also have the option to arrange independent housing. If your ideal housing scenario includes living in a particular neighborhood, having specific amenities or living with a specific person as your roommate, then independent housing could be just the ticket for you.

Use the online housing application form to request permission for this option no later than the application closure date. If your request is approved, you will receive a rebate for your housing payment, however CEA will not provide you with any assistance setting up independent housing. Keep in mind, rebates are not granted to students who move out of their CEA housing or choose to pursue independent living arrangements after the application closure date.









Get out and explore! Excursions are offered for most semester, year, and summer programs*. Semester students are typically offered between two to three excursions and summer study students are typically offered between one to two excursions. You’ll receive a calendar of excursions during orientation; here are a few day and overnight excursions we’ve offered in the past. 

*In an effort to offer lower-cost internship options and support you in maximizing your professional development in a condensed timeframe, summer internship programs do not include excursions.

Galway, Connemara, and the Aran Islands

Relax as a private bus takes you and your fellow students across Ireland, from east to west, to the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular vista of coastline and dramatic rock face. You’ll continue to Galway, the country’s fourth largest city and considered by many to be the cultural capital of Ireland. Enjoy the spectacular sunset over Galway Bay as you discover Galway’s charmingly narrow pedestrian streets. The next day, you’ll depart for Connemara, home to beautiful and rugged landscapes where the Gaelic language is still spoken. We’ll take a ferry to the Aran Islands, where you’ll experience a link with a time long passed. Explore Dun Aengus, a fort that dates back to the Iron Age, before returning to Galway to experience live traditional music in local pubs.


Kerry is known as “The Kingdom” for good reason. Home to some of the most magnificent scenery in Ireland, from the gorgeous Killarney National Park to the jaw-dropping beauty of the Dingle Peninsula, we’ll venture off the typical bus tour routes so you can experience these places in a unique fashion, such as an early morning horse ride through the park and a (gentle) bike ride to Muckross House and Abbey. You’ll learn about the park’s flora and fauna, as well as the lives of the Kerry Chieftains that once resided there. No introduction to Kerry would be complete without a visit to Fungi the Dolphin; local fishermen will take you out to sea to meet Dingle’s biggest celebrity and learn about his Atlantic home. Enjoy a tasty lunch under the canopy of trees at Torc Waterfall and mingle with locals while experiencing the nightlife of Killarney town. The trip to Kerry offers a delicious combination of action, history and nature that is sure to leave you spellbound.

Glendalough and Powerscourt Gardens

During this day trip, a private bus takes you to County Wicklow and Glendalough, the site of an old Irish monastery founded by St Kevin. Explore this scenic setting in the Wicklow Mountains in a valley between two lakes (“Gleann da loch”) and take a tour of the site. This classic example of an Irish monastery dates back to a golden era when Ireland was referred to as the “island of saints and scholars.” On the way back to Dublin via the coast road, we’ll stop at Bray, one of Ireland’s favorite seaside resorts.


Travel north by private coach to Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. Once battered by the “Troubles” between Catholics and Protestants, since 1998’s Good Friday Agreement, Belfast enjoys the hustle and bustle of any major city with its shops, bars, and restaurants full of life and activity. As a reminder of the past, we’ll visit “Loyalist” and “Republican” quarters of the city to view colorful murals that depict the bitterness of a divided community.


Traveling to Newgrange is like taking a trip back in time. Dating back thousands of years (older even than the Egyptian pyramids!) Newgrange is one of Ireland’s most ancient and impressive sites. This Neolithic passage tomb clearly illustrates the level of knowledge and organization that was present at the time. One of its outstanding features is a light box through which the dawn light penetrates and illuminates the inner chamber just once a year, on December 21.


Spend a day exploring the beautiful seaside town of Kinsale. Here, you’ll tour Charlesfort, a 16th century military base, and wander around this adorable town. Kinsale is the culinary capital of Ireland, so you’ll have the chance to sample some of the best seafood they’ll ever taste. A deep sea fishing tour with local fisherman Sean Og makes this coastal visit complete.

Cultural Engagement

Dublin offers amazing opportunities to immerse into Irish life, from sports, theatre, and music, to dance, language exchanges, and volunteering. Wherever your interests lie, the Dublin staff will happily help you engage with Irish culture. Here are just a few examples:

Greyhound Racing

Engage in the electrifying thrill of one of Ireland’s most popular past-times for locals and tourists alike: greyhound racing. After an action-packed day at the races with friends, the phrase “going to the dogs” takes on a whole new meaning! With greyhound tracks scattered throughout Dublin, nothing makes for a better evening out with your new international friends than grabbing some meaty Irish stew at the local pub before heading off to the tracks for an evening of competitive canine rapture.

Paintball in the Dublin Mountains

Run! Dodge! Duck! Shoot! Paintballing in Dublin’s mountains gives you an opportunity to test your teamwork skills and tactical abilities—it’s a fun form of warfare! CEA staff and students join other international students to battle it out in Mother Nature’s Irish stadium: the iconic, emerald mountains of Dublin, a stunning backdrop to the day’s activity.

International Food Evening

Whether they’re from North America, Europe, or anywhere else in the world, students are required to bring only one thing to the CEA Dublin Center’s International Food Evening: a hearty appetite. Let your taste buds to do the learning during this activity, as you share specialties and delicacies from your home country with classmates, and try theirs in turn.

Irish Ceili and Set Dancing

The Riverdance phenomenon introduced traditional Irish Ceili and set dancing to a worldwide audience. You can experience the thrill of this vibrant dance form at Dublin’s many Ceili and set-dancing venues. Join us at the national center for Irish music and dance to learn a few basic steps and, with the help of locals, participate in various forms of Irish dance.

Irish Sports – Gaelic Football, Hurling

The countrywide Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) hosts thousands of Gaelic sporting events throughout the year. Why not try your hand at Gaelic Football or Hurling by joining a local team? Even if you don’t want to participate, you can still attend weekly matches and discover just how deep each team’s pride goes… whether it’s from the local area, the county, or the province.

Theatre and Music

The Irish are known the world over for their literature, theatre, and music, and many luminaries come from Dublin. Opportunities to experience the performing arts abound throughout the city. Attend a play in the famous Abbey Theatre or enjoy the raw talent of emerging Irish musicians and groups in the pubs and venues that dot the city.

Gaelic Language

Irish (or Gaelic) may be Ireland’s first spoken language, but today it’s only spoken in rural areas of the west coast. However, it’s still the country’s first official language and is taught to all children in Irish schools. Taking a class in beginner’s Irish through Conradh na Gaeilge (Gaelic League) will add another dimension to your understanding of Irish identity.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Irish are known for being generous with their time and talents when it comes to volunteering. You can participate in this aspect of Irish life by sharing your time and abilities with those less fortunate, such as local organizations that assist the homeless, travelers, immigrants, and those with addictions.

Examples Include:

  • Working for a charity shop
  • Helping kids in an after-school project
  • Soup runs for the homeless

Other Opportunities

Career and Re-entry Workshop

Explore the skills and knowledge you’ve gained and learn how to articulate your growth in your future job searches. In this interactive workshop, you’ll reflect and process your study abroad experience, connect study abroad with your career goals, and obtain practical advice to help you transition back to the U.S.

Mobile Journalist Program

Want to build your digital portfolio while you study abroad? Join the Mobile Journalist (MOJO) program! You’ll blog, photograph, and video your experience abroad, then share them on social media.

Alumni Ambassador Program

Your study abroad adventure doesn’t have to end when your program is over. Keep sharing your study abroad love on your home campus…become an Alumni Ambassador! This internship allows you to help other students on their study abroad journeys while gaining work experience and growing your professional network.

CEA Dublin Center Sports

What do tennis, squash, badminton and soccer have in common? They’re all are available to CEA students at the CEA Dublin Center! Enjoy the opportunity to participate in the weekly sports events occurring on campus – no ability or experience required.

What Our Student Said

An Unparalleled Experience
Interning for the summer in Dublin has been an unparalleled experience...I’ve especially loved learning secrets about Ireland and the Irish culture from those who have lived and worked there their entire lives. I’ve used this insight to further delve into my internship, socially and professionally.

Ana Gilbert
University of Saint Thomas,
Summer 2015, dublin

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