Dublin, Ireland

Summer 2020 Programs have been cancelled due to concerns regarding COVID-19. Students who turned in their $500 deposit can roll over their application to Fall 2020 or be automatically accepted into Summer 2021. 


The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Study Abroad Center offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study for the summer in Dublin, Ireland. On-site, the program is coordinated by University College Dublin (UCD).

This program is open to all majors, but is particularly ideal for students who are pursuing degrees, minors and/or certificates in the following fields of study:

  • College of Natural Sciences: Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Marine Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Cell Biology, Physics
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • International Business
  • JABSOM: Medical Technology
  • Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science
  • Nursing
  • Public Health Sciences

Informational meetings

  • TBA

Business Internship track: UCD hosted two information sessions in an online Webinar in January 2020. The videos are available online for you to see if you were not able to attend the sessions.

2021 application deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 17


2020 program dates

UCD Programs UHM Fields of Study Dates
Summer Internship Programme
(6 credits)
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • History
  • International Business
  • Internship
June 2  – July 29
Health Sciences Summer School
(6 credits)
  • Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science
  • Nursing
  • Public Health Sciences
June 8 – July 2
Physics Summer Program (7 credits)
  • Physics
  • History
May 23 – July 27
  •  Biology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Marine Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Physics
  • Medical Technology
June 20 – Aug 15

Host Institution

Founded 160 years ago, UC Dublin is the largest university in Ireland and is ranked in the top 1% of the world’s universities according to the Times Higher Education rankings. UCD is located on a beautiful, leafy 330-acre campus close to Dublin’s city center, which provides a mix of academic facilities, research institutes, libraries and archival collections, enterprise space, student villages and recreational facilities.


The UHM Summer in Dublin program provides students an opportunity to fulfill UHM General Education Diversification, major, minor, and elective requirements. The programs run from 4 weeks long (Chemistry and Health Sciences) to 8 weeks long (Physics, Economics Internship, and Business/Internship Options). All students must enroll in a minimum of six credits.

The UHM Study Abroad Center appoints a designated UHM Resident Director when appropriate. The Resident Director oversees students’ academic progress and mentors all participants. All students must participate in experiential learning activities led by the Resident Director in addition to taking classes at the host institution.


About the Program

The UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business Summer Internship Programme consists of a two-week academic program combined with a six-week internship placement based in Dublin. The academic program allows students to experience education in a leading institution while the internship component allows valuable insight into a professional arena. The internship team can provide a broad spectrum of intellectually engaging internships in business-focused roles. Students are encouraged to be proactive and to perform to their full potential both academically and professionally.

Note: Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to be considered for the Summer Internship Program. 

Arrival in Dublin June 2
Orientation and Academic Modules at UCD campus June 8
Professional internship placement in Dublin June 15 – July 24
Complete Academic component and presentation of research/project at UCD July 27- 28
Departure from Dublin July 29

Academic Component:

During this program, students are registered for the internship and two academic modules/classes. All students enroll in Ireland’s Business Environment and one of the following electives: Business Analytics and Finance Project, Business and Global Development, or Digital Marketing Communications, or Responsible Management and Society.

UCD Course UHM Equivalent (3 credits each)
Ireland’s International Business Environment and Internship* BUS 395I Internship (IB)or

ECON 390 Internship for Economics

or ECON 391 Cooperative Education

Required Core and Internship
Global Finance FIN 321 International Business Finance or BUS 367F Business Study Abroad Finance  Elective
Digital Marketing Communications MKT 362 Digital Marketing Elective
Responsible Management and Society BUS 367 G Business Study Abroad – Management Elective

The Summer Internship Programme is not limited to students majoring in Economics, Finance, History or International Business; students from all majors and colleges are welcome to apply.

Internship Component:

Internship placement will begin in week two of the program. Participants are required to complete at least 32 hours per week which is unpaid. Work normally takes place during normal working hours from Monday to Thursday each week. Participants will meet their manager and visit their workplace at an agreed time during week one of the program for an interview. Internship placement will be based in a working environment which participants will commute to. Participants will be expected to follow normal work etiquette and processes within their placement.

Placements take place with a wide variety of employers: small to medium enterprises, private companies, voluntary organizations, and multinationals. The internship partner list is reviewed regularly and is updated from year to year. Participants’ placement will be determined by the three areas of interest expressed in their online application together with their employment history, academic grades and the skills required for the role. Many of the roles available are project based and may span across multiple areas. For sample positions and roles, please visit the Summer Internship Programme website.

In addition to submitting a study abroad application, Summer Internship Program applicants must email a copy of their passport, cover letter and a CV in PDF to vchong@hawaii.edu. Please review the Summer Internship Applicant Guide 2018 and UCD Cover and Letter Guide and prepare accordingly.

Upon acceptance into the program, students will be required to complete a Skype interview with the UC Dublin Internship Manager at the end of March or early April.

About the Program

The research focused course will be twofold: First to introduce students to research designs most commonly used in healthcare research and secondly to facilitate students in the learning of skills relating to the retrieval, critical appraisal and application to the practice of research evidence.

There are three courses offered in the summer program:

1.Critical Appraisal of Research for Health Care (Applied) worth 10 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) which is equivalent to 6 UHM credits

2. An Introduction to Health Systems worth 5 ECTS which is equivalent to 3 UHM credits

3. An Introduction to Statistics 5 ECTS which is equivalent to 3 UHM credits.

Students must enroll in a total of 6 UHM credits for the duration of the program:

UCD Course

UHM Equivalent (3 credits each)

1.Critical Appraisal of Research for Healthcare (Applied)                                     (10 ECTS)  Students are paired with a research mentor while in Dublin. NURS 363 Introduction to Nursing Research
NURS 399 Directed Reading/Research
PH 492T Current Issues/Topics in Public Health
PH 499 Directed Reading/Research
FSHN 491 Topics in Food Science and Human Nutrition
FSHN 499 Directed Reading/Research
KRS 481 Introduction to Research in KRS
PH 492 T Current Issues/Topics in Public Health
2.- An Introduction to Health System          (5 ECTS)

 An Introduction to Statistics                      (5 ECTS)

PH 330 The United States Health Care System
PH 350 Introduction to Biostatistics

For more information, please see the UCD Health Sciences Summer School brochure.

About the Program

The principal aim of the UCD School of Physics Summer Program 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 biological and medical phenomena may be better understood from a physics viewpoint will be stressed, under the headings of physiology, diagnosis and therapy, and on scales from the cell through macro-organisms to the environment.

UCD Course UHM Equivalent  Dates
UCD Physics II for Engineers Syllabus PHYS 272 General Physics II (3) DP
PHYS 272L General Physics II Lab  (1) DY
May 23 – July 7, 2020
Modern Ireland From the Irish Revolution to Brexit 1912-2018 Topics in History (DH) HIST296 May 23 – July 7, 2020

The Introductory Physics course is an intensive academic course taken over 8 weeks and is divided into two complementary modules. The program uses calculus in the delivery of material, sometimes in lectures. It is not heavily used in the assessment process, but simple calculus-based problem solving will be assessed as well as an ability to use the concepts around calculus in essay-based and descriptive answers. Students need to do about 100 hours of self-study over and above the scheduled 48 contact hours; participants should be working for about 25 hours per week in addition to attending classes.

Click here for general schedule sample for the UCD School of Physics Summer Program.

About the Program

Summer School in Organic Chemistry 2019

University College Dublin, with its excellence in research (24 research groups) and teaching (undergraduate and postgraduate level), is home to one of the most recognised Schools of Chemistry in Ireland.  UCD’s Summer School in Organic Chemistry is based in the O’Brien Centre for Science (South) where students have access to modern lecture halls and state-of-the-art lab facilities, space for independent study, spare time, and coffee breaks, restrooms, and lockers.

UCD Course UHM Equivalent  Dates
Organic Chemistry for UC Students (OChem 1 + 2)
CHEM 272 Organic Chemistry I (3) DP

CHEM 272L Organic Chemistry I Lab (2) DY

CHEM 273 Organic Chemistry II (3) DP

CHEM 273L Organic Chemistry II Lab (1)  DY

June 20 – Aug. 15, 2020
Summer School in Organic Chemistry 2019
CHEM 272 Organic Chemistry I (3) DP

CHEM 272L Organic Chemistry I Lab (2) DY

CHEM 273 Organic Chemistry II (3) DP

CHEM 273L Organic Chemistry II Lab (1)  DY

June 20 – Aug. 15, 2020

Structure of the summer school

  • Lectures are Monday to Thursday (9 am to 11 am).
  • Three academic staff (faculty) per module; style of lecturing will vary.
  • Notes (sometimes incomplete) will be posted to a shared folder in advance and printed copy will be distributed. Bring to lectures.
  • Details of printing services in UCD (payment using UCard): http://www.ucd.ie/copi-print/students.html
  • The recommended text is Organic Chemistry by John McMurry (9th ed), but earlier editions, available in the library, are fine, as are other texts with this title. Textbooks sometimes disagree, the lecture notes are the definitive source.
  • A free online textbook that matches the organisation of McMurry is available here.

Workshops and tutorials (aka discussion/recitation sessions)


  • Workshops and tutorials are vital to learn and understand the lecture material and apply that knowledge to problem solving.
  • Problem sets will be distributed in first lecture each week.
  • Submit your solutions during the first lecture on Thursday mornings.
  • Solutions will be graded and returned, with feedback, in Thursday afternoon tutorials taken by postgraduate tutor.
  • Homework sets are low stakes to encourage engagement, i.e. they are assessment for learning. The questions will be similar in style and content to the exam questions (short answer, not Multiple Choice Questions MCQ).
  • Use your spare time for independent study and home work.
  • You are encouraged to collaborate in learning, but not plagiarise homework answers.
  • Friday morning: 1 hour tutorial with the current lecturer, followed by 1 hour test.
  • Friday morning: 2 hour exam in weeks 4 (final for OChem1) and 8 (final for OChem2).

Lab classes

  • There will be 2 or 3 labs each week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, in S3.50).
  • Sessions begin with a pre-practical talk, in the lab. This will focus on safety and attendance is mandatory.
  • Please prepare for each by reading through your lab manual in advance.
  • Lab coats, safety goggles, etc. will be provided.
  • Labs will be assessed with focus on final lab each week.
  • Week 8 will feature a mini-research project (details to follow).
  • Always adhere to safety procedures and following guidance by demonstrators.

Study strategies

  • You will need to learn and remember quite a lot of “facts” as well as concepts; strive for understanding, don’t use memorisation as a substitute for understanding.
  • Test yourself using exercises & homework problems.
  • Form study groups and keep up with material on a daily basis.
  • Research on “condensed” courses like this shows that outcomes are very similar to standard courses.
  • Examinations: No Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) exams, all short answer, will require understanding as well as recall.
  • Weekly tests (one hour, weeks 1, 2, 3 and 5, 6, 7) will be mainly, but not exclusively, based on the material taught in that week.
  • Final exams (two hours, weeks 4 & 8) will be based on all the material taught in the four-week course.
  • Your UC School will generate and award your final mark/grade.
  • This is going to be very intense, you need to attend every session if possible. If you are unwell and cannot attend class, inform the teaching staff and/or the assistants, and get a medical certificate. They will readjust the assessment scheme, or arrange alternative assessments, as appropriate.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Several options are available on/off-campus.
  • Organised and coordinated by Program Guides (Physics).
  • Friday afternoon and weekends are set aside for extracurricular activities.
  • Visits may include the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Ha’penny Bridge over the River Liffey in Dublin, and Temple Bar, a riverside neighborhood in Dublin.

Click here for more information about the Summer 2019 program.


  • TBD

Courses taken at UCD will appear on UHM transcripts as UHM credits.

Current as of June 12, 2020.


A charming city of Viking, Norman, and English heritage, Dublin is the capital city as well as the primary education center of Ireland. It is located in the province of Leinster on Ireland’s east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey.

Dublin has a world-famous literary history, having produced many prominent literary figures and playwrights including William Butler Yeats, James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, Bram Stroker and Iris Murdoch. There are several theaters within the city center, and various world-famous actors have emerged from the Dublin theatrical scene. Dublin is also the focal point for much of Irish art and the Irish artistic scene.


Students will live on-campus at UCD Residencesin apartment-style flats, in a single bedroom with en-suite or shared bathrooms, and shared living room and kitchen. Basic kitchen and bed linen are provided. Laundry facilities are available within the housing complex. Summer Internship Program students will be living on the Belfield campus, in Merville, Glenomema or Belgrove.

Students participating in the Health Sciences and Summer Internship programs are responsible for preparing all meals. There is a convenience store near the student residence halls which sells prepared and packaged food, beverages, school supplies and things for your dorm.

Students enrolled in the Physics program will participate in a meal plan (Mondays-Fridays, breakfast, lunch, and dinner) on campus.


The program fee includes visits to places of cultural interest. Visits may include Wicklow and Glendalough, and Causey Farm in Navan, where students participate in activities such as Irish dancing. Other activities may include a day of Gaelic Games, guided tour of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) museum and a Viking splash tour of Dublin city center.


Dublin, Ireland

Program Costs (2020)

  • Health Sciences (6 cr.): $6,128
  • Business Internship (6 cr.): $8,929
  • Organic Chemistry (10 cr.): $10,600

Cost includes University College Dublin tuition, on-campus accommodation in single rooms, all meals, excursions, health insurance and UHM Study Abroad and other incidental fees.

Roundtrip airfare between Honolulu and Dublin is not included; students have the option of taking flights arranged by Third Eye Travel or making their own travel arrangements.


FOR UHM STUDENTS ONLY: In order to receive financial aid, please ensure that either: a) you are receiving financial aid during the preceding semester, or b) that you complete the Financial Aid application during the current semester. www.hawaii.edu/fas

NON-UHM STUDENTS (those attending other colleges and universities during the regular school year) must apply for financial aid at their home institutions.


See the Money Matters & Resources page for a list of possible scholarships.

Admission Requirements

The program is designed primarily for undergraduate students studying the following:

(1) Food Science & Human Nutrition, Kinesiology & Rehabilitation Science, Nursing, Public Health Sciences,  and other health sciences. Graduate credit may be available.
(2) Life Sciences majors who need one year of college-level Physics.
(3) Business majors and other students who desire an internship experience.

The minimum requirement is a cumulative GPA of 3.0. However, students with a lower GPA may be considered in exceptional cases. Non-native English-speaking students must have taken the TOEFL exam within the last two years and earned a composite score of 600+ or have taken the UHM ELI placement exam.

Admission to the program is selective. All applicants for the program will be judged on their academic performance, their reasons for wishing to attend the program, their flexibility and sensitivity to other cultures, and their ability to adjust to a new cultural setting.

Immediately upon acceptance to the program, students are required to pay an initial payment that is non-refundable of $500.00 to ensure a place in the program. This initial payment will be applied toward the cost of the program.

Please note that students accepted to the program are required to attend three mandatory pre-departure class sessions totaling 12 hours. Failure to attend will result in students being withdrawn from the program.


A completed Study Abroad Center application and two academic references must be received by the Study Abroad Center to receive consideration.

Students from outside the UH System must also submit official transcripts from every college attended.

The Study Abroad Center is closed on weekends, and Federal and State holidays.