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 diversity, politics, history, literature, international marketing, business, communications, pop culture and more. Students on the four-week program will choose two courses 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

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 of your choice including: diversity and politics, pop culture, literature, communication and international marketing
  • 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.

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 Diversity in Politics in Dublin course is taught by Pitt professor Kristin Kanthak. The other 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: diversity and politics, pop culture, 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.

Professional Writing in Global Contexts (ENGCMP1111)

You will explore conventions of professional writing as you explore Dublin, and the insights drawn from your personal experiences will inform the writing you produce. From a letter of inquiry requesting special access to a site, to a memo evaluating the suitability of a location in Dublin for an upcoming executive retreat, your professional writing skills will be fully integrated with your Dublin activities. For your final project for the course, you’ll write an online article about one of your favorite Dublin places, and you’ll have an opportunity to submit it for publication in an online venue! This course is a "W" course and counts for the Professional Wrtiing certificate and major. 

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.

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

Tim Crawford

Hi Everyone! I’m Tim, a Program Manager here in the Study Abroad Office. I’m proud to be from a small town in Central PA but now love calling Pittsburgh home. My study abroad experience includes a semester in France during my sophomore year, Spring Break in London during Grad School and Summer in Italy as a Program Assistant. My experiences opened my eyes to the rest of the world and I’d love to help you take advantage of the numerous study abroad opportunities here at Pitt. Outside of the office, I’m always looking for the next adventure whether it’s exploring a new city or new neighborhood in PGH. I fully embrace the yinzer way of life and plan my schedule accordingly around every Pens, Bucs and Stillers game. I’d love to talk to you more about any of our study abroad programs and answer any of your questions. Please reach me at TSC29@pitt.edu or 412-648-2156.

Your In-Country Contacts

Dr. Kristin Kanthak

Dr. Kristin Kanthak, is an associate professor of political science at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on the effects on political representation of exogenous constraints such as political institutions. Most casual observers of politics either ignore or underestimate the importance of these constraints in determining the translation of political actors’ preferences into actual policy outcomes. They think, instead, that if only politicians were sincere agents for their constituents, the views of constituents would seamlessly translate to the correct policy outcomes. But the real story is much more complex, and one that requires the careful consideration of the effects of these constraints in order to better understand the pathologies of representation that are inherent in any political system.

  In- State Out-of-State
Estimated Expenses Billed by Pitt  $6,099 $6,299
Estimated Additional Expenses $2,500 $2,500
Total Estimated Cost $8,599 $8,799

Final program costs and will be available by November 15.

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.


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
When You'll Go

The program will take place from late May to late June. Exact dates will be posted soon.

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.
  • Excursions are mandatory. All are required to attend. Some excursions may fall on a weekend. Keep in mind that the excursions are likely to be to places you would plan to see on your own. In some cases they may be to places where you would not have discovered doing your own research).
  • You will have adequate free time to explore and experience the culture, but remember that this is an academic program and that you should expect to invest the same amount of time and effort on your courses abroad as you would on a course at Pitt. 
  • Schedules and housing will be finalized about two weeks before the program. 
  • You will need to bring a laptop or tablet with you