Explore the local aspects of Dublin and then zoom out to see how the city fits into global history and where it stands today. Develop an understanding of Irish history, politics, and society with classes and field-based assignments, while enjoying cultural activities, day trips, and events around the city.

With over 1000 years of history, Ireland’s capital city is small but mighty. Sitting at the mouth of the River Liffey, Dublin is a welcoming city, known for its friendly locals and biting humor. Take advantage of all that Dublin has to offer as a student: see famous sites like O’Connell Bridge and the Book of Kells, explore beautiful parks and green spaces, and witness the booming technology industry.

CET partners with CAPA—a study abroad program provider with a long-established education center in Dublin—to offer a well-rounded experience focused on the globalization of Dublin over time. Enroll in a core course that embraces the city as your classroom, study conversational Irish, and enjoy regional travel as you take on a memorable summer that primes you for college living.


Your core course focuses on studying Ireland in historical and modern contexts, while your conversational Irish class gives you a crash course in the language you need for daily life in Dublin.

Analyzing and Exploring the Global City: Dublin

This course covers: the socio-political and cultural history of Dublin; Dublin’s development from the Vikings in the 10th century to modern urban sprawl; the effects of gentrification and immigration on Dublin’s population; and the impact of Dublin’s European connections.

Conversational Irish - 15 hours. Beginning level. Taught in Irish.

Day Trips and Overnight Excursions

The CAPA Center in Dublin is located at Griffith College, a private Irish college close to the city center. Your classes are held on Griffith College’s campus, giving you a taste of campus life in Dublin. Use the center’s central location as a jumping-off point as you head into the city in the afternoon for field-based learning. Explore Dublin Castle, the former seat of British rule in Ireland. Marvel at the seemingly endless collection of literature at Trinity College, then go for a stroll in St. Stephen’s Green. A city like Dublin deserves to be explored.

Experience something uniquely Irish: go to a hurling or Gaelic football game or visit the Dublin Writers Museum to see where literary greats Joyce, Shaw, and Yeats wrote their most famous works. With your group, enjoy a weekend trip to Northern Ireland. Visit Belfast and apply concepts from your course on global cities to a new location, see where the Titanic launched from, and explore the scenic Giant’s Causeway.

Housing & Meals

You share a furnished room in a student guesthouse with other CET students. A group leader or resident advisor lives in the same building. Your housing is in a quiet neighborhood that has everything you could need within walking distance—parks, grocery stores, and restaurants. All meals are included: enjoy breakfast at the guesthouse, eat lunch at a nearby café near Griffith College, and head out to a restaurant for dinner with your peers or cook a group meal in your shared kitchen.

Cost and Session Information

Summer 2021 program details coming soon.


Program fee includes: Tuition, housing, all meals, excursions & activities, textbooks, transcript, medical & evacuation insurance.

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