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Foundation for International Education (FIE), Dublin

  • Dublin, Ireland
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Metropolitan and diverse, Dublin is a combination of Irish culture and history, with hints of global influence. The cobble stone streets and people with incredible charisma, all add to the incredible ambiance that Dublin radiates. While there, experience the pub culture, sample foods from around the world, or explore world-class tourist destinations. As you live like a local in the capital city of Ireland, you will have the opportunity to engage with the art, finance, business, and political scene, as Dublin is the best place for them all.
The Foundation for International Education will be your home base in Dublin. This program prides themselves with providing a supportive and inclusive living and learning environment for students around the globe. The housing opportunities are in the liveliest parts of Dublin, and there are numerous student organizations, clubs, sports, volunteer opportunities, and events year round for you to participate in.

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  • Dublin

Program Term

  • Academic Year
  • Fall
  • Spring

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Internship Opportunity

  • Yes!

Program Details

Academic Program

FIE: Foundation for International Education is a London-based non-profit educational organization, providing study abroad programs in London, and Dublin. 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.

You will be able to directly enroll in one of three popular universities:

  • Dublin Business School (semester and internship 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 you in fully utilizing the historical, cultural, social and political resources of Dublin in their out-of-class time. Regardless of what school you choose, and whether you take part of the internship course (6 Credits) with Dublin Business School or not, you will have to take a 3 credit Irish Life and Cultures course with Dublin Business School.

Course Descriptions and Syllabi

Dublin Business School

You can choose to do an internship with DBS. Internships take place two to three days per week with Dublin Business School electives occurring on the other days. The internship placement and FIE’s signature International Internship course make up the internship experience. The Internship course combines classroom seminars with a four day per week placement in a small to medium sized Dublin enterprise.

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Advertising
  • Business and Economics
  • Communications
  • Historical and Cultural Organizations
  • IT and Multimedia
  • Legal and Justice Organizations
  • Public Relations and Marketing
  • Sports
  • Travel and Tourism

You can choose to not partake in the internship and still take courses in the subjects mentioned above. You can also take courses in

  • Counseling and Psychotheraphy
  • Pyschology and Social Science

University College Dublin

University College Dublin is Ireland’s largest university. UCD offers STEM, architecture, and pre-professional program majors the opportunity to study internationally. You can take courses in:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Business
  • Engineering and Architecture
  • Health and Agricultural Sciences
  • Social Sciences and Law
  • Science

Trinity College Dublin

  • University College Dublin is ranked in the top 100 universities worldwide. You can take courses in:
  • Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
  • Engineering, Math, and Science
  • Health Sciences

Review FIE’s website for more information regarding course offerings.

General Education Information for UAlbany Students

Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these general elective credits.

Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students

Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.


All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary. 


Binary Hub is 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, as a student on the FIE Dubline program, you will be housed at Binary Hub.

FIE Dublin Resident Staff offices are based on the ground level of Binary Hub and available to address questions, comments, or concerns easily. Our Student Life Assistants (SLA) live in the building and provide support 24/7. 
You will be housed in single rooms with en-suite bathrooms, within 4 or 5 bed apartments – sharing kitchen and common area space with other FIE students.
  • Bed size: UK small double 
  • Desk/ workspace
  • Clothing storage space/ wardrobe
  • Notice board
  • Pillow and duvet provided (NOT PROVIDED: pillow case, bed sheet, duvet cover)
  • Laundry facility in the building
  • Fitness room
  • Large study and lounge space in the building
  • 24/7 staffed reception desk
  • In-residence Student Life Assistant (SLA)
Binary Hub is a 20-minute walk to Dublin Business School (DBS) or Trinity College Dublin (TCD) via central Dublin. Students studying at University College Dublin (UCD) can access Dublin’s easy to use bus system just across from the residence, which offers multiple direct bus options to get to the UCD campus (approximately 30 – 40 minutes). 


The kitchen is equipped with utensils such as cookware, silverware and dishes. You can cook your own food or eat out at local restaurants.

Estimate of Costs

Depending on what University you choose, you will have a different cost sheet. For reference, review the following Estimates of cost:

DBS – Academic Year 2020/21 Estimate of Costs

UCD – Academic Year 2017/18 Estimate of Costs

TCD – Academic Year 2019/20 Estimate of Costs

Note, there may be several tabs in the Estimate of Costs. Please be sure that you are reviewing the tab for your anticipated semester abroad.

More Information

Click for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid.

Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.

Academic Requirements

Applications are welcome from Sophomores, 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

If you would like to apply for Trinity College Dublin for the Spring semester, your UAlbany application is due by September 15.

Experiential Learning

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Student Clubs and Organizations

Because college life is so much more than exams, coursework and lectures, DBS offers students the chance to get involved in a variety of Sports Clubs and Societies. Each year the annual Sign-Up Day takes place during Fresher’s and Re-Freshers Week, providing students with the opportunity to meet the coaches and student committees that manage the daily affairs of the Clubs and Societies.

  • Arts Societies
  • Cultural Societies
  • Politics Societies
  • Debate, Gaming, Advocacy or Music Societies
  • Join a sports club
  • Sports and Fitness

Funding Opportunities

FIE partners with the Fund for Education Abroad to provide scholarships. Check out more information online here!

Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.

External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.

More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.

Program Advisor

Curry, Mark

About the City

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.

Travel Documents

A valid passport is required to participate in this program. U.S. Citizens studying abroad in Ireland are not required to get a student visa but you are required to register with Irish immigration authorities within 30 days of arrival in Ireland. You will get more information once you have been accepted into the program. If you are doing an Internship with Dublin Business School, your VISA rules may be different. FIE will help you out through this process. More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program.

Application Availability

Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:

  • Spring programs: July
  • Fall/Year/Summer programs: December

Program Dates

Each program through FIE Dublin has slightly different dates. More details can be found on the FIE Program Dates web page. 

About the Program

FIE: Foundation for International Education is a London-based non-profit educational organization, providing study abroad programs in London and Dublin 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 and internship options)
  • University College Dublin (semester and academic year options)
  • Trinity College Dublin (semester and academic year options)

Program Orientations

Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The fall semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the Saturday before the end of Spring UAlbany classes and in late November/early December for the spring term abroad.

Upon arrival to the FIE program, you will attend a mandatory program orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by International Office of your host university.

Support Services

UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary.

FIE’s International Office staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter in while abroad.