• Clear interest and commitment
• Demonstrated preparedness/maturity
• Minimum 3.0 GPA
• Good academic and disciplinary standing
• Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing
• STEM/Engineering major
• Successful completion of appropriate prerequisites and corequisites in math and physics
• Approval by UI Study Abroad
• Participation in orientation programming
• Deadline Extended- March 2
Check the 'Costs' section under the Application tab.
Students will enjoy cultural programming in the local community, as well as two day-trips to places of cultural significance in and around Dublin. The program also includes a 5 day 4 night excursion to Belgium to visit such places as the European Parliament and the Ypres Battlefields.International experiences offer students the opportunity to observe and engage in engineering as a global profession. Participants on this program in particular will benefit from the following professional development opportunities:
All participants must enroll the following courses, earning 7 semester hours (s.h.) or Iowa resident credit. Each course is taught by UCD faculty.
This course satisfies the PHYS:1612 with lab requirement (or equivalent).
The principal aim of this course is to provide a firm understanding of physical concepts and processes leaning heavily upon standard physics U.S. textbooks. Another principal aim of the course will be to apply the concepts learnt to recent advances in our understanding of science in general. In particular, ways in which engineering applications may be better understood from a physics viewpoint will be stressed. The treatment of calculus is as per standard engineering courses- it is used in instruction, and examined in the MCQ or written papers.
The module seeks to recreate the excitement, turmoil and difficulties of modern Irish history. It will outline and explain the course of the Irish Revolution that established an independent Ireland, and investigate the lasting legacies of that period that can still be felt today. The module will also look at current challenges faced by Ireland, notably by examining the legacies of the conflict in Northern Ireland and the Peace Process culminating in the Good Friday Agreement, and the impact that the border continues to have on Irish life against the backdrop of the impending exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union.
The module culminates in a five day excursion to Brussels, Belgium during which students explore the history of Ireland’s relationship with the European Union (EU).
As a study abroad student, you are required to undertake the same form of assessment as UCD students, and will earn transfer credit at the University of Iowa.
The grading system in Ireland is significantly different from the US system. Grades are given as "marks," and a score of 60% is typically considered a high mark. UI does not convert Irish marks into US letter grades. While you WILL receive credit for the courses you take in Ireland, you will NOT receive a typical A-F grade.
This does not mean that you are taking courses on a Pass/Fail basis. In order to receive credit for the course, you must receive a passing grade in the Irish system and, when official transcripts of your college work are requested, you will need to provide both an Iowa transcript and the British academic record – your Irish grades will be clear and will influence future scholarship applications and graduate school admissions decisions.
UCD will send transcripts to the University of Iowa by the end of August. Students can expect their grades to be applied to their UI grade reports within 2-3 months of their return to the University of Iowa.
Students will receive an orientation from UCD staff on arrival to Dublin. UCD will also provide a cultural program for students to engage in the local and surrounding communities. The program will include two day-trips to places of cultural significance in and around Dublin.
In addition, a key part of the Modern Ireland From the Irish Revolution to Brexit course is a five-day excursion to Brussels, Belgium. See the Modern Ireland From the Irish Revolution to Brexit course description above for more information, and a tentative itinerary.
Program dates vary by session. Dates for future sessions are expected to be similar to previous sessions, and will be finalized be early spring.
Dates for the Summer 2020 session are: May 20, 2020 - July 4, 2020.
Sr. Advisor & Program Coordinator
Study Abroad | International Program
1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
Dublin is a vibrant, European capital city of historical and cultural importance. From its many theaters to its beautiful parks to its friendly, cozy pubs, Dublin is an excellent place to be educated and entertained.
Grafton Street busker, Dublin
Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic Ocean. The country of Ireland (properly referred to as the Republic of Ireland) shares the island with Northern Ireland. The Republic of Ireland is an independent country that is a member of the European Union. Northern Ireland is the name of the other country on Ireland, and is a member of the United Kingdom along with Scotland, Wales, and England.
Ireland is a nation of about 4.5 million people. Ireland’s friendly population, gorgeous natural environment, unique culture, and rich history make it a fantastic place to study. Ireland’s contribution to literature written in English and indeed other languages is immense, and so the country is an ideal destination for students who want to make the exploration of literature and language the focus of their time abroad.
The US Department of State provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.
Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.
Students will be housed in UCD campus housing in single rooms. Each room shares a common kitchen and bathroom in pods of 3-4 rooms per ‘pod’.
All students will be given a UCD meal plan consisting of lunch and dinner during the work week (Monday - Friday). On the weekends, excursions, and holidays, students will be responsible for their own meals. The main dining hall is closed on the weekends and holidays, but there are cafes and restaurants close to campus.
Kitchen and dining area
The exterior of Roebuck Hall
Do not purchase plane tickets until you have received instructions on how to do so from UI Study Abroad or UCD.
Travel to Dublin: UI Study Abroad will not arrange a group flight to Dublin for this program. Participants will make their own travel arrangements to Dublin with guidance from UI Study Abroad. The cost of travel to Dublin is not included in the course fee.
Travel to Brussels: UI Study Abroad will not arrange for transportation from Dublin to Brussels. Participants will make their own travel arrangements from Dublin to Brussels with guidance from UI Study Abroad and UCD upon arrival to Ireland. The cost of travel to Brussels is not included in the course fee.
Dublin has an excellent public transportation system comprised of buses and a light rail. A transportation pass for each student is included in the program fee. Dublin's modern, international airport provides a hub to all major European capital cities.
A bus pass meant to help students travel program events is included in the course fee. Students should plan to pay for additional personal travel on their own.
This program is open to University of Iowa students who fulfill the following requirements:
Students will be responsible for paying many of their program costs through their University of Iowa U-Bill, while other costs will be out-of-pocket costs paid by the student directly to vendors before and after going abroad. Refer to the cost sheets below for details on the costs associated with this program.
The cost sheets outline the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. They include fees charged on students’ U-Bill as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.
Costs for future sessions are usually similar to the current session, however students can expect a modest increase in overall costs each session. Final cost sheets for future sessions are typically available early in the semester before the session begins.
The following cost sheet applies to the Summer 2020 session.
A cost sheet for the Summer 2021 session will be available by mid-spring 2021.
The cost sheets are based on the fees described below:
Cost sheets do not include the following optional costs:
Costs for personal travel are not included in the cost estimates provided on the cost sheet. If you plan to travel outside of your host city or country during or after your study abroad program, you will need to budget for additional funds to cover the cost of your personal travel.
The cost of personal travel depends entirely on each student’s individual travel plans and spending habits. Estimates for personal travel costs provided by past students on this program vary significantly from $800 to as much as $6,000 or more per session.
If you are accepted to the program, you will be asked to commit to participating in your program by submitting the University of Iowa Confirmation of Participation form by mid-March.
After you have formally confirmed your plans to participate, you will work both with UI Study Abroad and UCD. Follow instructions from both. Later in the semester, your UI study abroad advisor will contact you regarding orientation sessions, registration, and other required UI procedures and documentation.
The application deadline for Summer 2021 session are due on March 2, 2021.
Applications for the Summer 2021 session will be available by early spring 2021.
After you have received an email from UI Study Abroad indicating that you have been formally accepted to the program, have reviewed the estimated costs, and you are ready to commit to participating in this program, you will need to complete the following steps:
Thoroughly review the following sections of text:
You can find information about options for funding your study abroad experience, including financial aid, scholarships, grants, etc, on UI Study Abroad’s Funding Website.
All program participants are required to complete immigration requirements to enter and study in Ireland. Contact your study abroad advisor for more information about completing the immigration requirements you will need to enter the country.
Note that permission to enter Ireland is provided by the Irish government based on that country's immigration requirements. Currently, Ireland's immigration requirements include considerations related to specific national origin, national heritage, criminal background status, and similar issues that can make it impossible to be permitted entrance to the country in some cases. Contact Cory Petersen at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
It is also essential that you thoroughly review all of your immigration materials before you leave for your host country to ensure that they are absolutely complete and accurate. It is entirely your responsibility to ensure that all of your immigration documents are in order and fully accurate before you leave for your host country. If any of your immigration documents contain inaccurate information of any kind, contact Cory Petersen at email@example.com immediately to discuss your options.
Do not apply for your visa or begin work your immigration requirements until you receive more information from UI Study Abroad.
In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider. See below for more information.
You are required to complete the International Programs ICON course "Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation" prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals, and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This orientation will be facilitated by your study abroad advisor and will cover content specific to your program and host country. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one depending on your type of planned activity abroad. Your study abroad advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.
If you do not have a passport, it is important that you apply for one as soon as possible to ensure you receive it before the program begins. US citizens can find more information about how to apply for a passport on the US Department of State’s website.Important notice for students without a valid passport or whose passport will expire within the next 12 months:
US citizens can find more information about how to renew a passport on the US Department of State’s website.
Students without a valid passport should apply for a new passport or a passport renewal as early as possible.
Students with a valid passport should check the expiration date. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months AFTER the anticipated return to the US from studying abroad. If your passport is not valid for at least 6 months after your anticipated date of return to the US, you must renew your passport before applying for the visa you will need to enter your host country.
Expedited processing service is available for US passports (although this still takes several weeks and is at an additional cost). UI Study Abroad encourages students to ask the passport agency at the time of application whether expedited service is recommended.
Students who are not US citizens should contact Cory Petersen (email@example.com) for information on how to ensure that their passport is valid for the duration of their time abroad.
UI Study Abroad offers a variety of general predeparture resources. Review the following materials, and feel free to pass them along to your family or other loved ones to help them understand more about your upcoming program.
These materials may be periodically updated to reflect new program information prior to departure- contact your study abroad advisor for more information.
Please note that your program provider and host institution may provide you with additional predeparture materials specific to your study abroad program. Also review those materials, share them with your family, and refer back to them if you have any questions.