Foundation for International Education (FIE), Dublin
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FIE: Foundation for International Education is a London-based non-profit educational organization, providing study abroad programs in London, Dublin, and Amman.University at Albany is a partner of FIE. FIE provides experience, creativity and expertise to their students who study abroad at their sites. Study abroad with FIE for a challenging and enriching international experience.
FIE Dublin students directly enroll in one of three popular universities:
- Dublin Business School (semester, internship and summer program options)
- University College Dublin (semester and academic year options)
- Trinity College Dublin (semester and academic year options)
FIE understands that much of a student's study abroad experience is based outside of the classroom, and that the educational benefits of a well-structured social and cultural program can be as important as in-class activity. FIE's Resident Director in Dublin will support students in fully utilizing the historical, cultural, social and political resources of Dublin in their out-of-class time. Students can also get involved in college societies and sports teams.
Applications are welcome from Spohomores, Juniors, and Seniors. Students must be in good academic standing and have a strong interest in both the culture of Ireland and the academic offerings at FIE in Dublin. GPA and other requirements vary by institution:
- Dublin Business School: 2.75 GPA and sophomore standing
- University College Dublin: 3.0 GPA and sophomore standing
- Trinity College Dublin: 3.3 GPA and junior standing
A semester of study with FIE includes taking their popular key course "Irish Life and Cultures" and 4 to 5 elective courses offered by Dublin Business School, University College Dublin, or Trinity College Dublin. . .
In FIE’s Irish Life and Cultures course you’ll explore Irish history, language, culture, and politics, with special emphasis on the history of peace and conflict in Ireland. Irish Life and Cultures includes co-curricular activities to complement in-classroom learning including two weekend study trips to Northern Ireland (Derry and Belfast) and the west of Ireland (Galway, Connemara, and the Aran Islands) as well as Dublin-based visits to the National Museum, Croke Park, and Glasnevin Cemetery.
Dublin Business School (DBS) is a private, fully accredited institution offering a range of courses to Irish and international students with strengths in Business; Communications; Cultural Studies; Economics; Film Studies; Journalism; Literature and Drama; Media Studies; Philosophy and Psychoanalysis; Psychology; Social Science.
Students enrolling in the FIE Dublin DBS program follow one of two pathways:
?Study Pathway: Take FIE's Irish Life and Cultures course as well as four or five DBS elective courses
?Internship Pathway: Split your time between studying and interning at a professional placement with FIE's Study & Internship option. Students take FIE's signature Irish Life and Cultures course, the International Internship Course (IIC), as well as two or three DBS electives, depending on which Internship Stream you choose. For more detail see: FIE DBS Semester Academics.
Trinity College Dublin is one of the top 100 universities in the world and offers courses in multiple disciplines including Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, and Science as well as Irish Life and Culture. Students take FIE’s Irish Life and Cultures class along with 4 to 5 TCD elective courses. For more detail see: FIE TCD Semester Academics.
University College Dublin academic offerings include courses in the Sciences, Humanities, Architecture, Engineering, Pre-Med, Pre-Law, Pre-Vet and more. Students take FIE’s Irish Life and Cultures class along with 4 to 5 UCD elective courses. For more detail see: FIE UCD Semester Academics.
UAlbany will award the same credits as reported by the host universities.
General Education Information for UAlbany students: credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these General Education credits. You may file a request to have additional courses approved.
All students studying abroad should attend the pre-departure session at UAlbany. Ireland participants also have an additional pre-departure session at UAlbany. Orientation is provided by FIE and DBS staff. The International Office of the host university provides on-site support, specifically a Dublin resident director, assistant director, internship coordinator, and student life assistants who live in the student residences.
Along with taking the students out to some exciting events and giving tips on what else to see in the city, the FIE Dublin staff will be responsible for the students orientation on arrival and for ensuring a smooth departure. They hold regular office hours during the semester for the students to discuss any questions or problems they have as well as being available 24/7 in case of emergency.
You’ll live in the heart of Dublin in Binary Hub, a brand-new purpose built student residence just south of the River Liffey in central Dublin. Close to the famous Guinness Storehouse and a multitude of shops and pubs neighborhood, Binary Hub has gym facilities, large common rooms for studying and hanging out, and easy access central Dublin shops and restaurants. Accommodations are suite-style apartments in two buildings, with bike storage, gym, study spaces, mail services, laundry facilities, and 24-7 reception. Bedrooms are singles with private bathrooms. Students will share a flat with 3-4 other students. Apartments may be mixed gender, floors and buildings will also be mixed genders. Accommodations are self-catering, with fully equipped kitchens in each apartment complete with stove, oven, fridge, storage space, toaster, electric kettle and microwave.
All FIE Dublin students studying at Dublin Business School, Trinity College Dublin, and University College Dublin (as well as other students from around Ireland and around the world!) will call Binary Hub home, giving you the opportunity to meet students from all over.
Binary Hub is a short 20-minute walk for students studying with FIE at Dublin Business School or Trinity College Dublin and is on a direct bus route to University College Dublin. FIE’s Resident Staff offices are based on the ground level of Binary Hub and available to address questions, comments, or concerns easily. Our Residence Life Supervisors live in the building and can handle issues 24/7.
To view the most recent cost estimate, please click here:
FIE Trinity College Dublin 2018-2019 Cost Sheet
NOTE: This estimate of costs reflects the Trinity College Dublin option; the options to study at University College Dublin is more expensive and the option to study at Dublin Business School is cheaper. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an estimate of costs for the option to study at Dublin Business School or University College Dublin.
The Irish Residency Permit specifically prohibits any kind of paid work while in Ireland.
Scholarships! FIE's semester scholarship awards are valued at $3,000. . Application deadlines are September 15 for spring semester programs and March 15 for fall semester and academic year programs. Your application must be complete and submitted by 6:59 PM EST. The deadlines are firm, so please apply now!
For more information, please see the Scholarship webpage.
Click here for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid.
Dublin is an ancient city that is currently one of the most dynamic and fastest growing European capitals. Ireland has wholeheartedly embraced the opportunities afforded by European Union membership. With a young and vibrant population of one and a half million, it has enjoyed considerable economic growth in the last decade. While Dublin may be a city on the move, the charm, culture and heritage of old Dublin is still apparent everywhere.
Visit the following websites for further information about Dublin, Irish Culture, and FIE: