Semester/Year with Dublin Business School (DBS)

FIE has partnered with Dublin Business School (DBS) to present a semester-long program combining direct enrollment at DBS with FIE’s unique Irish Life and Cultures course. For nearly four decades, DBS has developed a strong reputation for its student-centered approach that provides a level of academic innovation not usually found in more traditional Irish universities. With strengths in Business (especially in the areas of Accounting and Finance), Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Psychology and Communication, DBS offers students a variety of exciting course opportunities. Students may also undertake an internship with the FIE-DBS program.

DBS offers a broad range of courses and social opportunities and, due to its relatively small size, excellent interactions between students and faculty as well. DBS is located in the heart of the city just a few minutes’ stroll from beautiful St. Stephens Green Victorian Park, Dublin’s shopping destination, Grafton Street and the famed Temple Bar district.

The FIE DBS Semester Study Program is a 14-15 week course of study that includes:

  • An FIE Key Course
  • Four or five elective courses

Orientation occurs prior to the start of classes and a reading week is included.

Arrival and Orientation
FIE’s extensive orientation includes a welcome to Dublin presentation, a health and safety briefing, academic institution orientation, housing and neighborhood orientation, a bus tour of Dublin, a day trip to Howth and a welcome reception.

Key Course
All Students enrol in FIE’s signature Key Course: Irish Life and Cultures. The aim of this course is to introduce students to the key features of Irish culture and society and the key currents underpinning change in Ireland in the 21st Century. The Key Course spans the whole academic semester, includes several co-curricular excursions, 2 weekend study tours and several guest lectures.

Elective Courses
A variety of elective courses are offered to students in the semester program of which students choose 4-5.

Application Deadline
Fall Semester/Full academic year: May 1st
Spring semester: October 15th


Blackhall Place

9-13 Blackhall Place, Dublin 7, Ireland
This apartment-style housing is a 20-minute walk from DBS and TCD and a 25-minute bus ride from UCD. The apartment complex is located in the heart of the city centre in a section of Dublin called Smithfield. There are 3-5 students per apartment, typically in single bedroom accommodation with a shared bathroom, kitchen, common area and balcony. Smithfield has a wide array of cultural opportunities including the Lighthouse Cinema which plays art-house and documentary films, the Smithfield Farmers Market including a horse market on the first Sunday of every month, a seasonal ice skating rink and the Dublin City Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Market—one of Victorian Dublin’s best kept secrets. The apartments are also just a stone’s throw away from Dublin’s Museum District and the largest inner-city park in Europe: the Phoenix Park.

Residence Features:

  • Typically 3-4 private bedrooms, each with its own sink
  • Shared bathroom with shower, toilet and sink
  • Shared dining and living area
  • Fully furnished kitchen with cookware, silverware, dishes, glasses, etc.
  • A comforter and pillows for each student
  • Wi-Fi internet access
  • Laundry facilities, which cost roughly €4 per wash
  • FIE residential staff members (Available 24 hours in case of emergency)
  • Several nightly security patrols
  • Accommodation reception desk (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)
  • Recycling stations

Griffith College

Griffith Halls of Residence, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
Griffith Halls of Residence is located in the Portobello area of Dublin and is a 20 minute walk from DBS, 25 minute walk from TCD and a bus ride from UCD. Griffith College is a modern urban campus which sits alongside Dublin’s Grand Canal on the grounds of a former army barracks dating back to the 1830s. The residence is located on the south side of the city and sits on the edge of the city centre giving students a relaxed environment with the convenience of the city on their doorstep. Students will have access to all the facilities and amenities available at Griffith College during their stay including access to the library, on campus shop and restaurant, games room, sports facilities, and more.

Residence features:

  • Two shared bedrooms
  • Students have access to a number of bus routes to the city centre
  • Each apartment has 2 bathrooms, 1 main bathroom and one En-suite both with shower, toilet and basin facilities
  • Each bedroom has 2 single beds with your own study desk, bedside locker and wardrobe
  • Shared dining and living area
  • Each kitchen is equipped with a fridge freezer, cooking hobs, microwave, electric kettle, and storage cupboards
  • Wi-Fi internet access
  • 24 hour security
  • CCTV
  • Recycling stations
  • FIE residential staff members (Available 24 hours in case of emergency)
  • Accommodation reception desk (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)
  • Laundry facilities, which cost roughly €3 per wash


2.75 Minimum GPA
Sophomore – Senior standing


Irish Life and Cultures

All FIE students undertake an intensive Irish Life and Cultures Course, which begins prior to the Irish academic calendar and continues throughout the term. Students explore a variety of modules relation to Irish history, language, culture, and politics, with special emphasis on the history of peace and conflict in Ireland. Complementing the Dublin-based course lectures and co-curricular excursions, two study tours take students to Northern Ireland (Derry and Belfast) and Western Ireland (Galway, Connemara and the Aran Islands) to contextualize the topics at hand.

Additionally, a series of FIE-led required and optional Mobile Seminars throughout the semester address topics such as:

  • On the Fringes: Ireland’s Indigenous Traveler Communities
  • Ag labhairt as Gaeilge: Irish Language Preservation Efforts
  • Leinster House: A walk through Irish politics
  • Social Rejuvenation: The story of Ballymun
  • A Hundred Years of Gaelic Athletics: Irish sport and traditional games
  • IDA-ology: The Industrial Development Authority cultivating Irish economic growth
  • Gifts of the gab: The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and Irish media regulations/support

DBS Coursework

With particular strengths in Business (especially Accountancy and Finance), Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Psychology and Communication, DBS offers students a variety of course opportunities at their urban campus just off Dublin’s popular Grafton Street area. Students may select up to four electives, and may also undertake an internship with the FIE-DBS program.

Orientation, Student Services and Housing

Students will participate in comprehensive on-site orientations with both FIE and DBS to help acclimatize them with the program and their surroundings, as well as provide a basic underpinning for the cultural learning they will undergo during their term abroad.

FIE’s outstanding Resident Staff provide students with both individual support and a variety of group opportunities, from the Mobile Seminar Series to an extensive extra-curricular calendar that might include theater events, literary festivals, comedy shows, and sport matches.

Students on the program will live in multi-bedroom apartments located in the city center, a brief walk from their school. Apartments consist of 2 shared bedrooms with a sink, shared bathroom and living/dining/kitchen area. The apartments are fully furnished and the kitchen is equipped with utensils such as cookware, silverware and dishes. Each bedroom also has private study facilities with wireless Internet access.