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