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Dublin, Ireland

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The City

Capital of the Republic of Ireland, Dublin attained its status as one of Europe's great cities in the eighteenth century. Stretching around the wide expanse of Dublin Bay from the imposing mass of Howth Head in the north to the granite outcrops of the Wicklow massif in the south, few parts of the city are far from the sights and smells of the sea, while many center-city streets seem to end in a vista of mountains. Cosmopolitan in its origins and the principal city of Ireland for most of its thousand-year history, Dublin's cultural life is rich and varied, highlighted by many film and theater offerings including the renowned Dublin Theatre Festival, a two-week celebration of the best in Irish and international theater. With one of the youngest populations of Europe’s major cities, Dublin offers an especially congenial atmosphere for students.

The Universities

Trinity College

Founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592, Trinity College is Ireland’s oldest university. Based on the general pattern of the ancient colleges at Oxford and Cambridge, Trinity's campus extends over 40 acres in a unique site in the heart of the city. Many famous people of Irish letters and history were educated at Trinity— writers such as Swift, Wilde, and Beckett, as well as the former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson. Trinity, home to the Book of Kells, has hallowed traditions and rituals as befits an institution 400 years old, but it has always looked forward rather than back. From the establishment of the first Chairs in modern languages in Europe to pioneering work in laser physics and biotechnology to the development of a distinguished women’s studies program, innovation has been central to Trinity’s pursuit of excellence.

University College Dublin

University College Dublin dates back to the Catholic University of Ireland, which was founded in the mid-19th century. The present university was reestablished as a secular institution in 1908 and now accommodates 20,000 students, including 2,000 international students. UCD offers the private academic setting of the Belfield campus, located just three miles south of the city center. UCD is academically strong across all subject areas, especially the arts, sciences, and commerce.

Maynooth University

Maynooth University was named Irish University of the year in 2008. Maynooth combines a college-town atmosphere with close proximity to the large urban center of Dublin. Tracing its roots to the foundation of St. Patrick’s College in 1795, Maynooth University comprises 18th-century architecture and modern, world-class teaching facilities. The University has 26 departments within three faculties and offers programs from undergraduate to doctoral level in a range of disciplines, including arts, philosophy, Celtic studies, media studies, science, and engineering. With students from 22 countries on campus, comprising a student body of more than 8,000 students, there is a strong international dimension to all aspects of the university.

The Program

BC students are completely integrated into the Irish university system, taking classes alongside Irish counterparts.

Trinity College
(Early Deadline Program: Choose by December 16, 2011)

Students are admitted to study in three or four departments and select courses from these disciplines. A high proportion of teaching takes place in small groups and professors are normally readily available for advice and consultation. An optional five-week, pre-semester program introduces students to Irish history and culture. Students enroll for full-year program only.

University College Dublin

The program is modularized, and students select courses from a broad range of subjects. BC students at UCD Commerce take a special history course designed to inform international students on the contemporary situation in Ireland.

Maynooth University

Students may select subjects from a wide range of academic departments and faculties to suit their interests and needs.


Orientation programs sponsored by the host universities in Dublin include an introduction to the city and information on university services, meals, banking, course registration, and a variety of social events. Additional orientation is provided by the BC site coordinator.

Academic support

The BC on-site coordinator offers students academic and personal support as needed.  She teaches a mandatory Irish Studies course for all program participants that combines lectures and instruction with excursions in and around Dublin.


Students who have been offered a place at Trinity may apply on-line for university housing. Students at Maynooth live on campus and may choose from a variety accommodations. At Maynooth, the housing office of the university will make the student’s housing arrangements. BC students at UCD live in new dormitories on campus.


The Dublin host universities have a large number of academic, athletic, social, and artistic societies ranging from chorale to volleyball. In addition, the BC on-site coordinator organizes many cultural activities and several trips to other parts of Ireland. Past activities have included theater outings, visits to the National Gallery and the Library of Ireland, and weekend trips to Northern Ireland.

BC in Dublin: The Centre for Irish Programmes

Since 2000, BC has had a permanent base in Dublin at 42 St. Stephen’s Green, offering a little piece of BC away from home. Located in a beautiful Georgian building in the heart of the city, the Centre’s knowledgeable staff offers support to BC students in Ireland. Facilities available to students include wireless internet access, workspaces, and a television system allowing students to watch BC football, ice hockey and basketball games. The Centre offers a six week summer internship. Feel free to contact the Centre staff at or with questions.