Pitt in Dublin

Dublin, the capital of Ireland, is a city rich in vibrant culture and history.  You will have the opportunity to explore Dublin over this four-week program with a healthy balance of coursework and free time. This program is designed for students of all majors with particular interests in literature, international marketing, communications, pop culture and more. Students on the four-week program will choose two courses of choice for a total of six credits.
This program also offers you the opportunity to experience first-hand the world-famous Irish literature, theater and music.  Cultural activities may include a city tour of Dublin, a night of Irish music and dancing, Gaelic Football as well as excursions to Glendalough, Galway and Belfast
** Due to COVID-19 rules and regulatons set forth by the national, provincial, and local Irish governmets we are able to run the program for in-person instruction. The situation on the ground is ever changing and we are bound by the laws put in place by the Irish government. Tours and excursions are subject to change. 

What You'll Accomplish: 

As an engaged and active participant in this program, you will have the opportunity to develop:

  • Knowledge about Irish culture from two courses
  • Appreciation for traditional Irish culture, literature and pop culture
  • Global competence by communicating with people with different backgrounds

Dublin, the capital of Ireland, is a city rich in vibrant culture and history.  Originally founded as a Viking settlement, it has become Ireland's principal city.  The city resides on the banks of the river Liffey and is home to one of the youngest populations in Europe.  It is full of rich cultural and artistic heritage. 
You will have the opportunity to explore Dublin over this four-week program.  Dublin is home to many historic monument, castles and churches.  Opportunities to visit popular cultural sites such as Dublin Castle, O'Connell Street, Grafton Street, and Trinity college are among the out of the classroom experiences you can enjoy.  Dublin also has more green spaces per kilometer than any other European city.  You will have a healthy balance of course work mixed with independent time to explore Dublin and the surrounding area.  Dublin is well connected by rail to other cities in Ireland.
Temperatures and precipitation vary based on the season. In June, the temperatures are pretty mild can average 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 45-55 degrees Fahrenheit at night. It is important though to be prepared with a variety of clothes that you can layer with during your program.
** Due to COVID-19 rules and regulatons set forth by the national, provincial, and local Irish governmets we are able to run the program for in-person instruction. The situation on the ground is ever changing and we are bound by the laws put in place by the Irish government. Tours and excursions are subject to change. 

Where You'll Live: 

Students will live in shared apartments in a student residence building. The apartments that are located within the city center and be close to many restaurants, shopping and other modern conveniences. Typical commute time to the CEA Center where you will have your classes is between 30 and 45 minutes walking. On average you can expect two to six students per apartment and some apartments may have up to eight students. Typical student bedrooms accommodate two students; some bedrooms may accommodate three students. Housing placements are finalized later in the Spring semester and specific addresses will be provided 1-2 weeks before departure.

  • Beds
  • Bedding, bed linens
  • Tables or desks and chairs
  • Wardrobe
  • Couch
  • In-suite bathrooms
  • Fully equipped kitchen (refrigerator, oven/stove, pots, pans, dishes, silverware, cups and glasses)
  • Wi-Fi

Students will be housed in student apartments in a student residence. Students will live in three or four bedroom apartments in single rooms. Each bedroom is fully furnished and features a desk, wardrobe, side table and bed. The common area of the apartment is furnished with a couch, TV and dining room table and chairs. There is one bathroom per apartment.
Please note that there is not a meal plan, but many students will use the kitchen and cook their own meals at home. 
We do our best to provide the most accurate information about housing and amenities but due to the nature of the locations in which we offer programs and limited availability, these items are subject to change. Contact your program manager with any questions. 

What You'll Study: 

You'll earn a total of 6 credits on the Pitt in Dublin program. You will have the opportunity to choose 2 courses from the five that will be offered. The courses will be taught by local faculty members. The courses will be taught in English and will be comprised of lectures, guest speakers, city tours, cultural activities excursions. In these courses you will study:

  • Elective courses on a variety of topics including: literature, communication and international marketing- all taught in an Irish context

If you are seeking to count these courses towards a major, minor or certificate, please meet with your academic advisor to discuss this program and what the courses will fulfill for you. Information about how the courses on this program count towards general education requirements for different schools and campuses can be found here.

International Marketing (BUSMKT1461)

Fulfills a marketing major elective for Pitt Business students.
This course reflects the increasing amount of international marketing carried out by a wide and diverse range of organizations. Starting with why organizations may wish to expand their activities across national boundaries, students develop knowledge to identify which markets to enter, the methods of market entry available, and the management and control implications. The student will be encouraged to perceive the role of a global marketing manager, and to make decisions that could affect the outcome of a global marketing plan. This includes the international marketing environment and the international marketing mix, namely product, pricing, distribution and promotion, as well as emerging issues in international trade such as trading blocs, trade barriers, and the standardization versus customization dilemma.

Communication and Global Competence (COMMRC1175)

 With the rise of global mobility and communication, encountering people from a variety of cultures, and the need for effective communication, is commonplace. This course explores the interaction between culture and communication and introduces students to the knowledge and skills necessary to attain global competence. In addition, this course introduces the construct of global competence; creates the opportunity to analyze and evaluate how our own cultural identity influences communication with others; engages interaction with the host culture; and prepares the students with knowledge and skills to be effective and ethical intercultural communicators. This class will include lectures, class discussions, simulations, interactive examples, case studies, media presentations cultural encounters, and field experiences.

Contemporary Irish Literature (ENGLIT1738)

The value that storytelling has played and continues to play in Irish life cannot be underestimated. Perhaps more than any other English speaking nation, the Irish have an affinity with and aptitude for narrative that places story at the core of their collective consciousness. Ireland has long been a country of stories, from mythical tales of ancient warrior tribes and their epic quests and battles to contemporary narratives of ordinary people living in extraordinary circumstances. The rugged physical landscape and meandering city streets have inspired beautiful, beguiling poetry, while the nation's complex and chequered sociopolitical history has evoked an artistic response from writers whose scope is second only to their mastery of craft. That said, many of Ireland's most well known and accomplished writers have produced their best work while in self-imposed exile. This peculiar dichotomy is one of the reasons why a close engagement with Irish literature perpetuates one of the fundamental characteristics of true art: more questions are asked than answered. Onsite lectures along with exhibitions and museum study excursions will make cultural Dublin a fundamental resource for learning.

Managing Technical Innovation in Dublin (INFSCI1023)

The history and evolution of the technology industry has made organization run more efficiently, profitably and impacted the well-being and success of society. In this course students, will better understand the innovative processes that make it all happen. You will also learn how to manage the innovation development process and core professional competencies. Students will learn basic management principles, strategic management methods, market specific factors and choices and actions. You will better understand how to integrate market decisions with technological and organization change needs. *Final course number is coming soon! Please see your academic advisor in the School of Computer and Information Sciences to see how this will count.

Irish Popular Culture (URBNST1406)

There are many globally recognized and perceived images or stereotypes of Ireland and Irish culture, ranging from a mystical green rural landscape to strong traditions in music, dance, sport, folklore and literature. These images are believed to have given rise to an attendant Irish way of life that is characterized as religious, relaxed, fun loving and welcoming, as well as the crafty peasant and drunken Irishman. In order to explore the origins and significance of such popular images, this course will deconstruct the artistic and political 'creation' of these national stereotypes and how they affect, and are challenged by, contemporary Irish culture and identity, particularly in the wake of recent immigration.

The University of Pittsburgh partners with CEA Study Abroad on this program. The mission of CEA is to create and facilitate opportunities for academic achievement, global competence and personal growth through quality international education.
Since 1997, CEA has maintained one simple philosophy: To provide high-quality international academic programs and services. For students and universities, that means support through each step of the study abroad experience, from start to finish. Along the way, students learn to adapt and communicate across cultures. They earn credits toward graduation while gaining skills that enhance their employability.
The CEA Dublin Center opened its doors in 2010 and provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and business education in the heart of Dublin, with courses in a range of business and liberal arts subjects. You’ll enjoy an invaluable opportunity to actively improve your global competency while immersed in a city where the traditional Celtic world and the modern era blend effortlessly. The CEA Dublin Center enjoys a unique association with the International School of Business, which specializes in study abroad programs for European students. The CEA Dublin Center and ISB share teaching facilities and housing options, leading to a richer cultural experience for both U.S. and EU students. This partnership also offers you all the benefits of a large school, while maintaining an intimate classroom experience.
Designed to build on the natural strengths of the city’s history, culture, and business environment, curriculum at the CEA Dublin Center focuses on international business and culture in Ireland. Each course incorporates multiple activities, designed to take the curriculum out of the classroom and into the community. These may include visits to museums, Parliament, local and international businesses, and first-hand encounters with locals through interviews, social activities, and sporting events. You’re encouraged to apply the lessons learned in class to real-life, drawing connections between the subjects examined during class and daily life in the host community. This ongoing, active, and reflective structure of study not only helps you gain a better historical and social understanding of Dublin and contemporary Ireland, but helps you develop the international cultural fluency required to communicate and function effectively in an increasingly globalized world.
The CEA Dublin Center’s mission is not simply to provide you with the tools and direction to learn about Ireland, but also to reflect and articulate critically on your own national, cultural and social identities. Faculty at the CEA Dublin Center foster intellectual and cultural growth by engaging in lively debates, multi-media research presentations, and round-table discussions. Purposefully small learning environments provide the flexibility to accommodate individual student needs and learning styles. The CEA Dublin team is available throughout your program to assist and support you 24/7 with any urgent situations.

Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts: 

Dr. Shawn Alfonso Wells

Hujambo, Hola, Bon jour! I am the Exchange and Panther Programs Manger. I have a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh and am an Adjunct professor of Anthropology who has taught in the Anthropology, History, Sociology, and Africana Studies departments at Pitt and CMU. I recently helped students to achieve their goals as their Academic Advisor. I did my fieldwork on Color Classification in Cuba and have led many ground breaking experiential student trips to Cuba. I love learning about different cultures and want to help facilitate students being able to travel abroad learn the world. I look forward to assisting you to achieve your goals.


Schedule a Zoom appointment with me below or get in touch with me through email to discuss exchange options and your future global experience.


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Items Billed by Pitt

  In-State Out-of-State
Program Cost $5,600 $5,800
Study Abroad Fee $300 $300
Total Billed by Pitt $5,900 $6,100

Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

Airfare $1000-$1200
Personal Expenses $1000-$1500
Local Cell Phone $100

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

The amounts above are for the 2019-2020 academic year and should be used as estimates only. Pricing for the 2020-2021 academic year will be posted by Mid-March 2021.

What's Included: 

As a part of your Dublin program fee, the follow are included in the program:

  • Tuition for six credits
  • Group airport transfers
  • Housing in shared apartments in the city center
  • Academic site visits
  • Variety of social and cultural activities to help students learn about the host culture (Example: An evening of Irish Music and Dance)
  • Weekend trip to Galway and the Cliffs of Moher (mandatory)
  • Day trip to Glendalough (mandatory)
  • Day trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland to examine the history of the conflict between Ireland and Northern Ireland is included

** Due to COVID-19 rules and regulatons set forth by the national, provincial, and local Irish governmets we are able to run the program for in-person instruction. The situation on the ground is ever changing and we are bound by the laws put in place by the Irish government. Tours and excursions are subject to change. 

When You'll Go: 

May 24, 2021 - June 21, 2021

What Else You Need to Know: 
  • Due to the nature of the program, the schedule is subject to change. There may be instances where a guest speaker or visit needs to be rescheduled. We ask for your patience and understanding in advance.
  • Schedules and housing will be finalized about two weeks before the program. 
  • You will need to bring a laptop or tablet with you


COVID- 19 Disclaimer

Due to COVID-19 rules and regulations set forth by the national, provincial and local Irish governments we are able to run the program for in-person instruction as of March 8, 2021. The situation on the ground is ever changing and we are bound by the laws put in place by the Irish government. If for any reason the situation on the ground changes in the capacity to limit academic mobility we may not be able to run the mobility portion of this program. Please be aware that this is an ever changing situation and your program advisor will keep you notified of the situation on the ground.


Lastly, in an effort to maintain a safe amount of students on the program during the pandemic we are advising that program acceptance into the program will be given to juniors and seniors. Freshman and sophomores can apply but there is a strong preference for upper classman as they have a limited amount of time to study abroad in the next year and may have missed out on opportunities the past two years.