USA Study in Ireland / DCU Scholarships

Go Overseas is the leading website for programs abroad in the US. With more than a million monthly visitors, Go Overseas is used by more people to find life-changing, meaningful travel programs than any website in the world. Go Overseas incorporates reviews, interviews, articles and other community features to help people make informed and educated decisions when choosing travel programs. Most importantly, Go Overseas inspires people around the world to travel differently and to travel with a purpose.

Education in Ireland is run by Enterprise Ireland under the authority of the Minister for Education and Skills and is responsible for the promotion of Irish Higher Education Institutions overseas.

DCU is proud to offer a scholarship for US students seeking to study for a one year masters programme in Ireland in conjunction with Go Overseas and Education in Ireland.

To apply – visit




Theology, Philosophy and Music at DCU


The huge expansion of DCU’s Humanities Faculty brought about by the incorporation of formerly autonomous colleges in Dublin has resulted in a range of exciting new opportunities for students – not least through the formation of a new School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music (TPM).

Based at the beautiful All Hallows campus, in Drumcondra, TPM offers a dynamic and creative learning and research environment with a strong commitment to social and cultural engagement, world-class research, and teaching that promotes critical thinking. Students can choose from an array of courses, stretching from introductions to theology and philosophy, to the history of world religions, to in-depth examinations of great religious and philosophical texts, to the study of important composers and musical movements.

In term of theology and religious studies, TPM pursues the academic study of religion, and welcomes religious and secular students alike. Theology in the School places strong emphasis on ecumenical perspectives on important themes and issues, on the study of sacred texts, and on inter-religious dialogue. Religious Studies analyzes the phenomenon of religion, in so many of its cultural manifestations, but without presupposing the intrinsic truth of religious faith.

In terms of philosophy, the School places strong emphasis on engaging with the history of the subject, and with studying some of the key thinkers and themes that have emerged in 2,500 years of Western thought. The School is also deeply concerned with the application of philosophical principles, through a focus on specific ethical issues, and houses the world-renowned DCU Institute of Ethics.

In terms of music, the School combines scholarly rigor with creative endeavor: students can study different aspects of the history of music, as well as performance and composition. Music staff include internationally recognized composers and conductors, and courses offered covered a broad range – traditional Irish and popular music, as well as classical.

Overall, the new School of TPM provides visiting students with a unique range of opportunities for intellectual and personal development. We look forward to welcoming you.

Thanks to Dr. Ian Leask, Lecturer in PhilosopySchool of Theology, Philosophy, and Music, All Hallows Campus for submitting this blog.

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Ten things you should do before you come to DCU this September.

  1. DCU will host an orientation week commencing 12th September.  All incoming students are expected to attend – check out the appropriate orientation schedule -Erasmus, Study Abroad/JYA, Full Undergraduate or Postgraduate by visiting  our Orientation Information pages – visit
  2. Don’t forget to sign up for our Airport Pick up and also for Orientation events by August 19 – visit
  3. Check out blog on ‘Safety’ prior to arrival – Visit
  4. Not all incoming international students require a visa, but students from certain countries do.  Make sure you have the relevant documentation before you travel – visit for details.  Many countries such as the USA, Japan and Canada are only required to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) on arrival.
  5. Make sure you have your letters for arrival at your entry point – usually Dublin Airport – visit
  6. DCU is growing fast! – Learn more about the New DCU  by visiting
  7. DCU is now multicampus – find your way around –
  8. Get to know our Clubs and Societies before arrival –
  9. Meet the team in the Students Union – and learn about their resources
  10. DCU has excellent support services.  Contact the International Office – and also check out the services offered by Student Support and Development- visit

Be Safe! Tips on how to stay safe when studying abroad

DCU International Farewell Lunch

Before you arrive:

  1. Read all Pre Arrival Information and familiarise yourself with the local culture, some general laws and university rules
  2. Do not take unnecessary official documents with you
  3. Copy all of your official documents including passport and keep separate from originals (in the event they are lost or stolen)
  4. If you take medication, find out equivalent names/availability in the country you are visiting and make sure you have medical insurance
  5. Pack using light and strong luggage and do not overdo the packing! – Be aware of luggage restrictions and check your airlines website.
  6. If shipping items, be aware they may be held up in customs
  7. Once packed and on your way, avoid long waits in lobbies or terminal buildings  (mind your bags and phones/laptops etc)- plan your trip!


    • Passport and important documents such as Offer / Immigration Letters / Visa (if applicable) / Itinerary / Insurance
    • Medication (make sure your take a clear bag for security for medication and liquids which must be produced at security for carry on)
    • Details of airport pick up or transportation if staying elsewhere
    • Prescription medications

On arrival 

  1. Protect you official documents
  2. Explore your new city with friends and avoid traveling alone (especially after dark)  – ask staff for advice
  3. Take care when socialising and be mindful of your drinks – soft drinks  or otherwise!
  4. Have your cell phone charged and with you (have emergency numbers loaded on your phone)
  5. Be sure you tell friends where you have gone

It is very exciting to arrive in a new city but remember you might be jet lagged and a little disoriented for a day or two so be sure you mind yourselves (and each other) and be on your guard.

Travel is exciting – Safe Travels!

Getting involved in the DCU Students’ Union — Education in Ireland Student Ambassador Blog

Chinmay Kadam, our Dublin City University Ambassador shares some information on how the DCU Student Union works, how you can get involved and why it’s such an important part of student life… Joining the SU is only the first step The primary role of the Union is to provide a recognised representative channel between students and…

via Getting involved in the DCU Students’ Union — Education in Ireland Student Ambassador Blog

GOI Brasil Scholarship winner shares her experience at DCU

“Choosing where to study can be as important as choosing what to study. Having the opportunity to attend the best Masters in Digital Marketing in Ireland at DCU and experience the routine of a super modern campus, which offers from library to gym and all kinds of support to the student, has given me a wonderful time.

In class, besides the theoretical lectures, I have an opportunity to develop a series of practical projects in partnership with local companies, providing me with a real-world experience. The course is complete and combines creative modules and strategic analysis materials. I will leave the university ready to set up a digital marketing campaign and also able to analyze all the data and project results.

Above all, Ireland is a country to be proud of. In addition to its recognition for having the best educational system in the world, it has a beautiful history. Despite its size, Ireland fought alone against an empire for their independence from the United Kingdom – which celebrates 100 years in 2016 – accumulates 10 Nobel Prizes and managed to leave a mark on peoples´s lives, all around the world, through its music and books. For those who don´t know, it is Irish artists such as U2, The Cranberries and the writers Oscar Wilde and James Joyce. In reality, the greatest lesson to learn in Ireland is to believe we are able to do anything“.


Thanks Camila…  It is indeed a pleasure to have you study with us here at DCU…..

A French Perspective on Semester of Study at DCU

The following blog post was written by Mr. Laurant Boulay from ICP in Paris.  Laurent outlines his Study Experience at DCU.  Thanks Laurent for writing this post.  We thank you very much and with you every success in the future – we might see you back here some time too!

“Coming from the Catholic University of Paris, I have studied one semester (September-December 2015) at DCU.

Overall, this semester was a fantastic experience for me. This might sound too general but I now have a better grasp on the plurality of the world in which I am living today thanks to this experience. And this is not the case of all my fellow students in Paris. I do not mean that they are not open to the world, but the experience abroad is a much better way of understanding our world.

In that matter, DCU is a great University. I have been warmly welcomed with a pre-semester week specifically organized for foreign students. I was assisted during the choice of the modules and during the whole semester by a very competent and available International Office.

Regarding accommodation, DCU must be one of the most modern Universities in Europe. Welfare and after-school activities are a significant part of DCU’s policies.

The Helix Theatre building offers films, conferences and drinks party.

The huge library supplies students with thousands of textbooks and articles in each academic field.Those crucial resources are available on DCU’s website. It is very convenient to borrow a book or to download an article.

Sports are also encouraged in DCU. Football, rugby grounds, tennis courts, swimming pool and gym rooms are available and included in tuition fees. I have been delighted to take part in a well-organized five-a-side football league that gathers students from all other the world. The spirit was amazing.

Finally, apart from the excellence of modules granted, the most amazing experience for me was the impetus laid on student life. This student life is really prompted by DCU’s administration. I can not count how many events I have been to, how many societies exist. The most amazing thing for me was to discover that student life had a proper building -the HUB. The Student Union works all day long to help students register to events, pay their Leap card for Dublin Buses, basically give information on societies etc. Every week there is a theme such as mental health or Sexual Health Awareness & Guidance that grants students with interest and knowledge on the subject. I took part in 3 different societies (International relations society, DCU astro league, DCU Surf’n Sail society, E soc) but I could have taken part in far more if I wanted to. In deed the subscription to each society costs 4EU. In concrete terms, I enjoyed great “craics” (real Irish world) on campus events, attended conferences  in Ireland and went surfing in Bundoran in October !

From a French point of view, it was a real pleasure to meet appreciative Dubliners, to discover Dublin – its joyful atmosphere and typical weather and to study in an open University.

A sincere thank you”