Dublin, Ireland

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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:

  • Life and Physical Sciences
  • Business
  • Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • JABSOM: Medical Technology
  • Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science
  • Nursing
  • Public Health Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences

Informational meetings via Zoom:

  • Thursday, Jan. 28  2:30pm-3:30  OR
  • Tuesday, Feb. 2  11:00am-12:00

Business Internship track: UCD hosted two information sessions in an online Webinar in January 2020.

Study in Ireland and Learn Irish River Dancing. Check out UCD’s instagram post.

2021 application deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 17


UCD Programs UHM Fields of Study approximate dates
Dublin Irish Consultancy Experience
(6 credits)

new for 2021

Interdisciplinary; including, but not limited to Business, Economics, and more May 31-June 25, 2021
Health Sciences Summer School
(6 credits)
  • Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science
  • Nursing
  • Public Health Sciences
June 14-July 9, 2021
Physics Summer Program (7 credits)

not offered in 2021

  • Physics
  • History
late May to
late July
Chemistry (10 credits)
  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Marine Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Physics
  • Medical Technology
June 26 – August 21, 2021
Irish Studies
(6 credits)

new for 2021

  • English
  • Political Science
  • Anthropology
  • History
  • Theater
May 31-June 26, 2021
Design, Data Science and Discovery
(6 credits)

new for 2021

  • Architecture
  • Engineering
  • Natural Sciences
May 24-June 18, 2021
Sports Summer School
(6 credits)

new for 2021

Kinesiology early June to early July

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 are required to participate in experiential learning activities led by the Resident Director, in addition to taking classes at the host institution.


Irish Consultancy ExperienceNursing and Public HealthPhysicsChemistryIrish StudiesDesign, Data Science and DiscoverySport Studies Summer School

About the Program

The Irish Consultancy Experience at UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business is a new program launching in summer 2021. This 4-week program combines academic, professional, and social and cultural components to offer students a challenging, stimulating and rewarding program.

Students will develop an understanding of modern day Ireland from an economic and cultural perspective, and work on live projects with an Irish charity or enterprise. Within the consultancy project, students can choose to focus on a service learning or industry experience, allowing participants to personalize their program.

In undertaking this program students will enjoy the Quinn School of Business approach to transformational learning, immersing in an opportunity to learn from diverse perspectives within diverse settings. Students will contribute to the Irish community, expand their academic knowledge, enrich their social and cultural experience and develop transferable skills. By engaging with the experiences this program offers, students will expand their outlook, approach, network and horizons.

This is available to undergraduate students of all academic disciplines. The program will be delivered in line with government and public health guidelines. We anticipate that students will join us in Dublin for this program, where we will deliver an in person program, with possible hybrid elements that may be required by government and public health guidelines. It will also be possible for students to complete this program remotely from their home country, through a variety of synchronous and asynchronous components with a tailored virtual cultural program .

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

Students arrive in Dublin May 17-30, 2021
Program commences;

Orientation & Cultural Activities

May 31
Ireland’s International Business Environment commences, practical and cultural activities. June 1- 4
Consultancy Project commences, Ireland’s International Business Environment continues, practical and cultural activities. June 7-23
Complete Academic component and presentation of research/ project at UCD June 24-25

Academic Component

Participants will enroll in two courses:

  • Ireland’s International Business Environment will provide students with contextual information on the Irish business environment, on Ireland as a successful location for international business, and success stories of Irish Small-Medium Enterprises (SME). This course will also draw heavily on cultural components to allow students develop a rounded understanding of business in modern Ireland.
  • The Consultancy Project will provide students with the opportunity to contribute to and engage with local businesses while learning new business skills, both inside and outside the classroom. The course will be taught through a series of workshops, classes and guest speaker presentations. Students will complete a live consultancy project with an Irish organisation, either a charitable organisation or an Irish enterprise. The projects will be scheduled for review, assessment and discussion at key milestones throughout the course and are fully guided and supported by the faculty.
UCD Course UHM Equivalent (3 credits each)
Ireland’s International Business Environment BUS 367I: Business Study Abroad-International Business (Ghumman 12/2020)  orPOLS 307I: Comparative Politics Topics (Europe)
Irish Consultancy Project BUS 395I: Internship-International Business (Ghumman 12/2020)  orPOLS 403: Community Internship

The program will be delivered in line with government and public health guidelines. We anticipate that students will join us in Dublin for this program , where we will deliver an in person program , with possible hybrid elements that may be required by government and public health guidelines. It will also be possible for students to complete this program remotely from their home country, through a variety of synchronous and asynchronous components with a tailored virtual cultural program.

Students will be required to prepare in advance for the academic component. Readings and syllabi will be shared with the students approx. 3 weeks prior to arrival. Students will be assessed on an ongoing basis. Team and group work is also essential in the assessment criteria. The specific details of the assessment structure for each module will be shared during the first class.

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 or
PH 492T Current Issues/Topics in Public Health
PH 499 Directed Reading/Research  or
FSHN 491 Topics in Food Science and Human Nutrition
FSHN 499 Directed Reading/Research  or
KRS 481 Introduction to Research in KRS
PH 492 T Current Issues/Topics in Public Health
2.- An Introduction to Health Systems (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.

not offered in 2021

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  approximate dates
UCD Physics II for Engineers Syllabus PHYS 272: General Physics II (3 cr.) DP
PHYS 272L: General Physics II Lab (1 cr.) DY
late May-
early July
Modern Ireland From the Irish Revolution to Brexit 1912-2018 HIST 296: Topics in History (3 cr.) DH late May-
early July

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.

not offered in 2021

About the Program

Summer School in Organic Chemistry

University College Dublin, with its excellence in research (24 research groups) and teaching (undergraduate and postgraduate level), is home to one of the most recognized 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  approx. dates
Organic Chemistry for UC Students (OChem 1 + 2)

Summer School in Organic Chemistry 2019

  • CHEM 272: Organic Chemistry I (3 cr.) DP
  • CHEM 272L: Organic Chemistry I Lab (2 cr.) DY
  • CHEM 273: Organic Chemistry II (3 cr.) DP
  • CHEM 273L: Organic Chemistry II Lab (2 cr.)  DY
late June-

Structure of the summer school

  • Lectures are Monday to Thursday (9-11 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 memorization 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.
  • Organized 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.

Program dates: May 31-June 26, 2021

The new Irish Studies Summer Study Abroad Programme launches in June 2021. Focusing on Irish Studies, the program draws on the expertise of all disciplines within the College of Arts and Humanities. Students will get the opportunity to examine Irish history, culture and society in an interdisciplinary and interactive manner. Each topic is addressed in an associated lecture by a leading expert in their field accompanied by academic field trips to the rich variety of museums and cultural sites Dublin has to offer. Students will enroll in two courses (3 cr. each) in the four-week program.

UCD course UHM equivalency (select one)
Ireland in the World
  • POLS 333: Advanced Topics in Global Politics (DS)  or
  • POLS 307I: Topics in Comparative Politics, Europe (DS)  or
  • HIST 296: Topics in History (DH)  or
  • ENG 494: Study Abroad (DL)  or
  • GEOG 335: Politics, Nations, and States (DS) (Beilman 2/2021)
Performing Irish Identity
  • ANTH 399: Directed Reading or Research  or
  • THEA 499: Directed Work  or
  • ENG 494: Study Abroad (DL)  or
  • GEOG 425: Geographies of Popular Culture (DH) (Beilman 2/2021)

About the Program

This inaugural UCD Study Abroad Program takes place in summer 2021 over a four-week period in May/June, and addresses the three core themes of Design, Data Science and Discovery.

The program, which involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, lab work and guided thematic tours, is hosted by University College Dublin, Ireland’s premier University and leading Study Abroad Destination. It is worth 10 ECTS credits and contains enough statistics and programming to be considered a quantitative elective for non-quantitative majors.

Academic Programme:

The UCD Design, Data Science and Discovery course consists of a four-week academic program with a mixture of lecture, team-based project work, and self study, as well a many thematic guided tours related to the themes of the course.

Information is beautiful, when presented well. This course has three themes:

Theme 1: Design — How should we think about information presentation? How can information be presented for best impact & understanding?

Theme 2: Data Science — What are the most important data science tools and skills that every college graduate should have?

Theme 3: Discovery — We will apply our newly acquired data science skills to both historically important as well are currently cutting edge data problems to re-discover and discover new results (and we will focus on how the presentation of the results is an important part of the discovery & understanding process).

Topics touched on in the course: Methods and strategies for impactful information presentation; History of Information Presentation and Museum Design; Interpretive Design and Visual Storytelling; Celtic Symbols and Icons (including Troubled Symbols); Introduction to the Computational Beauty of Nature; Self-Similarity and Fractals; Matrices and Matrix Computations; L-Systems & Natural Design; Introduction to Python; Self-Organized Systems & Emergent Design; Data and Computational Journalism; Introduction to Probability and Statistics; Random Variables and Dependence; Conditional Probability and Bayes Theorem; Law of Large Numbers & The Central Limit Theorem; Estimation, Confidence Intervals & The Student-t Distribution; Regression; Clustering & Unsupervised Learning; Dimensionality Reduction; Neural Networks and Deep Learning; Epic Visualizations (e.g., The Work of Edward Tufte); Visualizing Data in Python; Building Dashboards in Dash

Stories of Discovery:

  • How to Brew Better Beer Using Math
  • What is Life & How Schrodinger Inspired Watson & Crick
  • How Saliva is Used to Determine your Irish Ancestors
  • Rock Formations and Oil Discovery
  • Geoffery Dean: Ireland’s First Medical Data Scientist
  • How a Drop of an Expectant Mother’s Blood can save her Pregnancy
Cultural and Social Program:

An essential element of the UCD Design, Data Science and Discovery is for students to experience Irish society and culture. As part of this Program, a series of excursions are planned to enable you to explore and immerse yourself in Irish culture. Attendance of some of the trips is mandatory, as the trips form part of the course. Other trips and organized social activities are optional, but strongly encouraged. This will provide you with firsthand experience of the historic and cultural sites that surround you.

UCD course UHM equivalencies (students select two 3-cr. courses below, for a total of 6 cr.)
Design, Data Science and Discovery
  • ICS 102: Introduction to Data Science (Crosby, 12/2020)

  • ICS 103: Introduction to Computer Science Principles (Crosby, 12/2020)

  • PSY 225: Statistical Analysis for Social Sciences (PSY Advisors, 12/2020)

About the Program

Sport Studies Summer School is a 4-week program has been designed for students enrolled on a broad range of sport and health-related programs, including Sports Studies, Kinesiology, Athletic Therapy, Physical Therapy, Sports Psychology, Nutrition, and Medicine.  

This unique program allows students to learn alongside peers from a diverse range of disciplines that optimize an athlete’s health and performance. Central to the program is understanding how a sport’s legacy and culture shapes how athletes participate and prepare for upcoming competitions.  Students will be guided through the most recent research findings from sports science and exercise medicine via a series of lectures, practical workshops, and group activities.

All students will enroll in two courses, for a total of 6 credits.

UCD course UHM equivalencies
Optimisation of Human Performance

KRS 208, 3 cr. (Houl, 12/2020)

Sports Injury Management

KRS 305, 3 cr. (Houl, 12/2020)


Summer 2021: Robert Cooney, UHM Office of Public Health Sciences. Here is his experiential learning plan.

John Casken, UHM School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene.  Here is his experiential learning plan.

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

Current as of April 16, 2021.


A charming city of Viking, Norman, and English heritage, Dublin (Baile Átha Cliath) 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
  • 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 in one of these categories:

  1. Majors in Food Science & Human Nutrition, Kinesiology & Rehabilitation Science, Nursing, Public Health Sciences, and other health sciences. Graduate credits may be available.
  2. Science, SOEST or engineering majors who need to complete General Physics II (PHYS 272/L) and a DH course.
  3. Business majors and other students who desire an internship experience.
  4. Science majors who need to complete a full year of Organic Chemistry.
  5. Students needing to fulfill general education requirements (DH, DL, DS).

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.