Housing and Accommodations
Our partner for the Temple Dublin program is IES Abroad, a non-profit study abroad organization coordinating education experiences abroad for many major American universities to provide education space and student housing in nearly 40 countries. Their classrooms are in central Dublin.
Between three and five students share a fully furnished apartment that consists of a kitchen, two or three bedrooms, a common area and all have access to wifi. Students may be placed in a variety of housing options in residential areas of central Dublin and the average commute time to the IES Abroad Dublin Center is about 30 minutes. A transportation pass, which you can use on a variety of public transportation options, is included in the program. A meal plan is not included so students typically prepare their own meals or dine at nearby inexpensive options. All utilities are included, with the exception of phone service.
Sites of historic importance and natural beauty are close to Dublin and can be seen in day trips. North of Dublin lie Newgrange, a Stone Age tomb built a thousand years before Stonehenge; the Hill of Tara, a religious and political meeting place from the first millennium linked to Irish myth and legend; and Monasterboice, a site of 10th-century monastic ruins and the ornately-carved Celtic Cross of Muiredach. Also along the northern coast are the seaside towns of Howth and Malahide. To the south, in County Wicklow, are Glendalough, site of a 6th-century monastery founded by St. Kevin, and Powerscourt, a grand, 18th-century estate with extensive gardens.
Students will have weekends free to travel to further on their own. Popular areas accessible by rail and bus include the scenic coastland along the Ring of Kerry near Killarney in Ireland’s southwest; Ireland’s “second city” of Cork and the Blarney Castle to the south; and the stunning Cliffs of Moher in the west. Thanks to high-speed ferry service, Wales and Scotland are possible weekend destinations as well. IES Abroad will provide weekend group trips to Northern Ireland or County Kerry on one of the weekends you are in Dublin. The fees are included in the cost of the program.
Typically, a variety of the following trips and excursions are offered on the Temple Dublin program:
- Day trip to Howth
- Day trip to Glendalough
- Day trip to Ballymun
- Riverdance performance or theater performance at the Gaiety Theatre or Abbey Theatre
- Dublin Dance Festival
- Tour of Irish Film Institute
- Guinness Storehouse Tour
- Glasnevin Cemetary Tour
- Walking tour of the Liberties and St. Stephen’s Green
- Croke Park Tour, Gaelic games lesson and student match
- St. Michan’s vault tour
- Traditional Irish Music event
- James Joyce Tour
- Tour of the Docklands and Custom House
- Group lunches
- Guest speakers discussing the heritage industry, Riverdance, Rugby and more topics.
- Dublin has wealth of free attractions that may be a part of the program or students will have the opportunity to explore on their own. Examples include: National Museum of History, the National Gallery, the Chester Beatty Library, the Natural History Museum, Collins Barracks Museum (to name a few!).