Cead Mile Failte! We're so excited that you're considering an IFSA-Butler program for your summer abroad and have chosen the Summer Internships in Dublin program. Based at University College Dublin, this program combines an invaluable internship experience with great academics and a fun-filled summer in one of Europe's most dynamic cities. We're sure you're going to love your summer in Ireland!
What the Summer Internships in Dublin program has to offer
- The opportunity to gain real-world work experience while living in hip, sophisticated Dublin
- Internships sponsored by the prestigious, AACSB-accredited Lochlann Quinn School of Business at University College Dublin (UCD)
- A choice of three tracks—Irish History, Business Analytics or International Business
- A 3-credit course taught by UCD faculty provides an academic background to the internship
- Field excursions are a key component of the program
- UCD provides a full cultural program, including a weekend trip to Galway, a day trip to Belfast and visits to other areas of historical interest in Ireland
- Housing is with other program participants in apartments owned by IFSA-Butler
- You may cook for yourself or eat at one of the restaurants on or near campus
- Program lasts for eight weeks
- Students combine a 3-credit internship with a 3-credit course in Irish History or International Business
- Students earn 6 U.S. semester credit hours for the summer
We look forward to working with you!
What will studying in this program be like?
Students work for 32 hours per week at their internship and also take a 3-credit course that provides an academic background in history or business. In addition, the academic program includes field trips and guest speakers.
Will I have classes with local students?
Although IFSA-Butler is committed to providing integrated programs, summer courses abroad are often geared toward study abroad students only. Please be aware that your contact with local students may be limited, as you will likely attend classes and live with U.S. and other international students. All courses are taught by UCD faculty.
Is there a social program as part of the program?
Yes. UCD staff provide a full cultural program, including a weekend trip to Galway and day trips to Belfast and other areas of historical interest in Ireland.
What courses will I take in this program?
Students choose between an Irish History, International Business or Finance/Analytics track and a take a related 3 U.S. semester credit hours course. The courses are taught by UCD faculty.
How many credits will I earn on this program?
Students will earn 6 U.S. semester credit hours for this program. Students will receive 3 U.S. semester credits for the elective course in Irish History, Business or Finance and 3 U.S. semester credits for the core internship course.
What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full summer course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. All courses are graded on an A–F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. You are not allowed to register for online, distance education or hybrid courses.
What do I need to know about exams?
Because of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive at your host university. Please refer to your program calendar to review the exam period for your host university. Your host university’s policies do not permit you to reschedule any exams, request alternate assessments or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler cannot assist you in conducting a grade appeal or academic follow-up for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit you earned abroad. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.
What are my housing options?
All students on the Summer Internships in Dublin program are housed within university residences located on the main UCD campus. UCD housing is shared with fellow students in apartments comprising four individual bedrooms with two shared bathrooms. Communal kitchens and living spaces are shared in each apartment with access to kitchen utensils and cooking facilities. Bed linen is supplied and changed weekly. You also have access to Wi-Fi (campus wide), the gym, a local shop and restaurants. Laundry facilities are located within the student residences.
Students can expect to be within walking distance to their on-campus classes, and be prepared for a short commute via public transit for their internships. There are buses and taxis readily available from the university camps.
Students live in self-catered accommodations at UCD, and no meal plans are offered. However, there are places to eat locally and on campus should students tire of cooking for themselves.
Is my housing included in the program fee?
Yes. Your program fee includes accommodation at the university while classes are in session. You will be responsible for the cost of your meals and any commuting costs you may incur.
When will I receive my housing assignment?
You will most likely receive your housing assignment one to two weeks before your departure. However, in some cases you may not receive your housing assignment until you arrive in Ireland for orientation. Your program advisor will notify you of your housing assignment via e-mail when it is released by the university.
Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
No. IFSA-Butler does not require a housing deposit for summer programs.
Can I arrange my own housing?
Yes. IFSA-Butler recognizes that some students require independent housing for their time abroad. If you choose not to take advantage of our guaranteed housing, you may sign up for independent housing on the housing preference form. Once you've made this choice, we will not provide housing for you or bill you for the accommodation fee.
Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by the program application deadline, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.
Population: 1.5 million
Location:In the East, near the coast of the Irish Sea
- Ireland's largest city and its capital
- An economic center with one of the fastest growing populations of any European capital city
- Friendly and down to earth
- A vibrant cultural scene with music of all kinds, theatre, art and literary activities
- Restaurants, pubs and clubs make it a weekend destination for the under-30 crowd from across Europe
- The modern Temple Bar area, with a history dating to 300 BC, is popular for its galleries, pubs, restaurants and shops
- Use Dublin as your starting point for traveling the country on trains and buses that run from Dublin to all major cities in Ireland
- Take a ferry to Wales and the Isle of Man
- Take advantage of student fares on flights from Dublin International Airport
Time Out: Dublin
City of Dublin
The Irish Times
Dates & Fees
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Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
Program housing is available only until the day shown on the calendar as “Program ends.”
Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed.
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What's included in our summer program fees
Payment Due: May 15
Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for tuition, services and housing. Any bills for tuition differentials and/or supplemental housing fees will be sent separately. Students who opt for independent housing will not be charged the housing component of the program fee.
The housing component of our program fee is based on the average cost of local student self-catering accommodation, usually a shared room in a regular dormitory, apartment or house without any extra features.
Personal Cost Estimates
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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs.
The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
Commuting: Estimates are for transportation between housing and university. Transportation for personal or recreational purposes is not included in the above estimates.
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Ireland:
Program Advisor Kendall Hook assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Kendall studied abroad twice during her undergraduate career, in Florence, Italy for a summer term, and London, England for a semester internship program. In addition, she has personally traveled all over Europe and the U.K. She graduated from Baylor University and completed a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University, specifically concentrating on International Education Policy Management. She is very excited to help students find their fit, plan their own study abroad adventures and help them step outside of their comfort zone. She can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4205.
Student Accounts Coordinator Angelita Shaffer assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Angelita can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4221.
Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.
Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office in Dublin. Click here to read more about Resident Director Maria Keane.
Academic Records Coordinator Lindsye Craig graduated from Indiana University and then spent five months living and studying in Dublin, Ireland. Study abroad was the best part of her collegiate experience and Lindsye is excited to work with IFSA-Butler students on their academic records. She can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4261.
Students work for 32 hours per week at their internship and are supervised by faculty from UCD. Internships are available in the following areas:
- Finance and Accoutancy
- Data Analysis, Information & Communications Technology
- Marketing and Sales
- Communications and Public Relations
- Human Resource Management
- Business Development and International Business
Students must indicate their area of interest as part of the application process, but placements are subject to a successful interview upon arrival in Dublin.