US Study Abroad at DBS

Studying abroad is the opportunity of a lifetime, a life-changing, exciting experience and an essential component in preparing bright, young students for the global marketplace. The DBS Study Abroad Program is a rewarding international learning opportunity where eligible American undergraduates spend a semester or full academic year at Dublin Business School/DBS School of Arts. DBS offers a 16 week semester abroad programme to visiting US students in both fall and spring each year. The programme begins with a four week foundation course covering the major aspects of Ireland and Irish society. Students then choose courses across the schools of business and arts for the remainder of the semester. An internship is also an optional part of the programme. 

Download the US Study Abroad Catalog here.

Reasons for US Students to Choose DBS Study Abroad

  • Ireland, or “Eire” in Irish, is famous for its history, beautiful countryside, and the hospitality of its people. Ireland has a strong cultural heritage with its own distinctive language (Gaelic), music, culture, and sports.
  • Ireland offers easy access to mainland Europe – just 1 hour away from London and 1 hour 30 minutes from Paris & Amsterdam
  • Ireland’s relatively small size means that it is also very easy to explore the unspoilt countryside outside of class time. Water sports, hill walking, rock climbing and caving are just a few of the many activities which can be enjoyed when taking a break from study.
  • Dublin is one of the most exciting places in the world to be a student. Dublin has a population of 1.5 million, with all the amenities of a big city and yet still retains a small town atmosphere. It is a medieval city where the charming and cosmopolitan converge in delightful diversity.
  • DBS is Ireland’s largest independent college with a student population of more than 9,000 and over 75 International University Partners. Over the last 35 years DBS has established a considerable international reputation for the quality of its programs.
  • DBS campus is located a mere two-minute walk from Dublin’s main shopping street, in the heart of Dublin city center.
  • DBS offers a comprehensive range of study options for students including Undergraduate Bachelor Degree and Graduate programs as well as a Semester Program in the Schools of Business, Arts or Law.
  • DBS has outstanding teaching and learning facilities, some of these include:
    • Extensive undergraduate and postgraduate libraries
    • Student cafeteria and common area
    • High tech IT laboratories
    • Wireless internet access
    • TV/film studios
    • Modern Classrooms

US Study Abroad Semester Program at DBS

  • Foundation Course - The Foundation Course is an interdisciplinary, introductory course on Irish politics, history, literature and culture. It is a mandatory course given during the first few weeks
  • Elective Courses - in a variety of disciplines, including business, psychology, economics, film, cultural and media studies
  • Internships - offered at no additional cost to students in over 42 different organizations, facilitated by a dedicated Employer Liaison Officer
  • Weekend field trips - enhance classroom experience included in the study abroad program
  • Full-time on-site Resident Director assists students in making the transition from living and studying in the U.S. to living and studying in Dublin
Foundation Course

The Foundation Course is an interdisciplinary, introductory course on Irish politics, history, literature and culture. Casually referred to as “Ireland 101”, it is a comprehensive, mandatory course given during the first few weeks of each semester. It is offered exclusively to American study abroad students who are just beginning their semester abroad and is an excellent means for them to familiarize themselves with Ireland. The Foundation Course is enhanced by weekend field trips along with other historical sites that bring much of the academic coursework to life. The Foundation Course is 3 credit hours.

Elective Courses
Study abroad students may select from up to 70 undergraduate courses in both business and liberal arts (3 credit hours each) that are available each semester. Students are able to select from nearly every course available to both part-time and full-time DBS students, both domestic and international. Elective courses should be approved by a student’s academic advisor prior to departure. Students register in Dublin after they finish the Foundation Course and will not receive their course schedule until that time. Course changes can be made once a student arrives in Ireland; however, it is the student’s responsibility to inform the home institution of the change and obtain any credit transfer approval necessary.

Detailed information about each course subject area offered can be found browsing the DBS Study Abroad Catalog.

Transfer Credit
In order for students to receive academic credit at their U.S. college or university for courses taken at DBS, each student must review the credit transfer process with their study abroad and/or academic advisors at their home institution. DBS cannot guarantee that courses taken in Ireland will transfer back to any U.S. college or university, but we are happy to provide the information your home institution requires to determine if DBS credits will transfer. Please refer to the DBS Study Abroad Catalog for complete listing of available course offerings.

Upon completion of the semester abroad, students will receive an official transcript of results issued by DBS. This will be sent directly to the student’s university. Should your home institution require a grade conversion chart, please contact the US Study Abroad Office

Students may opt to do an internship while on the DBS Study Abroad Program at no additional cost to the student! Internships immerse students in the international workplace by providing them with an opportunity to work closely with professionals in a variety of industries and fields. Placements are made by experienced professionals on-site and are based on the experience and objectives of each student.

DBS has successfully placed study abroad students in a wide range of internships at organizations including:

  • Bank of Scotland
  • Business & Finance
  • Failte Ireland
  • Film Base
  • Fringe Festival
  • Guna Nua Theatre Company
  • Immigrant Council of Ireland
  • Irish Stock Exchange
  • Law Library
  • Legal & General
  • MEC Global
  • Morgan Model Agency
  • Price Waterhouse Coopers
  • St. Pats Football Club
  • YMCA

If you choose to do an internship, you will be required to submit a resume, personal statement, and internship preferences prior to departing the U.S. Early in the semester, you will interview with prospective employers for a 20-hour/week unpaid position. The internship is typically 6 credit hours, but it is your home school's decision how many credits will be awarded for the internship.


  • Host Family: home-stays offer an incomparable opportunity to deepen your knowledge of Irish culture; they will allow you to observe and participate in daily life in Dublin. Students have private bedrooms and are provided with breakfast and dinner daily.
  • Student Apartments: DBS also offers housing in an apartment complex located in central Dublin for those who prefer a more independent living arrangement and an easy commute to the DBS facilities. The apartment complex is not a dormitory; it is a new residence that includes suite-style apartments, fully furnished kitchens, laundry facilities and internet access. Suites typically have 3 to 4 private bedrooms, a living area, kitchen and balcony.

Admission Requirements

  • Students should be at least 18 years of age by the program start date
  • Students should have completed at least one year of post-secondary study
  • Students should have full-time status at an accredited U.S. college or university
  • Students should have a GPA of no less than 2.5 (exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis)
  • Consult their study abroad, academic and financial aid advisors at their home school regarding eligibility, requirements and institutional specifics that may affect program participation.

How to Apply 

US Students should complete the application documents and return to the DBS admissions office.

Application Documents

 US Summer Program

DBS organises a 6-week summer program in June and July each year. The programme explores Irish literature, history, politics and culture and includes field trips, accommodation and a wide range of social activities. It is an excellent way to discover Ireland’s rich heritage. 

Send applications for Semester Study Abroad and Summer Program and all queries to:

US Study Abroad Program
Admissions Office
Dublin Business School 13/14 Aungier Street
Dublin 2

Direct telephone line from the USA: +353 1 4177500


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Dublin Business School
13/14 Aungier Street
Dublin 2, Ireland
T: + 353 (0) 1 4177500
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