Code in Another Country - Dublin

This course is currently full. If you are interested in being placed on a waitlist, please following the instructions to complete the application detailed below. We will be communicating available spaces to students on a first come, first serve basis in early May.

Learn to Program Using Swift for iOS Development. The course assumes no prior knowledge, other than familiarity with Mac computers. It will be fast-paced and require regular, dedicated work. Course content will be delivered via video streaming and an online textbook, which students will use to follow along and build apps each school day (students can actually start this work in advance, or will complete it during evening assignments).

The course will meet each day, Monday-Thursday, and attendance is required. Students and your professor will work together on exercises solidifying concepts, completing hands-on programming exams, and via open Q&A time. Students will build a series of apps in the course, culminating in a Yelp-like social app. Students will also develop a final project, to be presented on the last class day in Dublin, as part of a Student App Showcase. Here's a look at what students typically accomplish in the equivalent, semester-long course.

The course will take place at Boston College Ireland (BCI), in the heart of Dublin city and will be taught by Prof. Gallaugher of the Carroll School Information Systems Department.

This course will count as an elective toward the Information Systems Concentration, or as a replacement for the concentration-required course: ISYS 2157 Programming for Management and Analytics. All schools and majors are welcome to apply, except for students who have already taken ISYS2160.

Program Location: Students will be housed on campus at University College Dublin (UCD), and will attend classes at Boston College Ireland, located on St. Stephen's Green, in the heart of Georgian Dublin.

How to Apply: To apply for the program, drop off an application with Tiffany Faria in Fulton 460 (the Information Systems Department office) by 4:40 PM on March 15, 2019. Preference given to BC students. Student selection should be released within one week of the deadline. Selected students will be registered for the course by the Information Systems department – students cannot select the course through UIS. Program space is limited and a minimum enrollment will be required for the program to be offered.

NOTE: This is NOT a 3 credit pub crawl. Only apply if you are looking to combine an intensive (and fun) learning experience with an immersion program in Ireland, you are prepared to treat course obligations seriously, attend all classes and required excursions, and are ready to work cooperatively as a supportive student team member. Students failing to meet conduct expectations will receive an "F" grade and will be sent home at their own expense. The class will be an excellent option for students that might not have an opportunity to take a full semester abroad, or who are looking to increase technical skills in an intense-immersion experience designed for rapid concept acquisition.

An info session is forthcoming, but also feel free to see Prof. Gallaugher for further questions (Office hrs. Monday 7pm and Wed 1-3pm, Fulton 460c), or contact him at:

Program Dates:

 Students should arrive in Dublin on Saturday June 8, 2019 (departing the U.S. on Friday 7th), and should plan to depart Dublin on Saturday June 29, 2019. Class will be held Monday through Thursday. Fridays will involve excursions and site visits.  

There will also be one weekend excursion as part of the program. Students will be allocated one free weekend for personal travel and exploration.

Program Costs:

Tuition and Program Fee: $5100.00 USD* 

Program Fee includes: Course participation, visits to local tech firms focusing on iOS development, access to BCI, accommodations at University College Dublin (UCD), a weekend trip to Galway, ground transportation in Ireland, welcome and farewell dinners, and admission to course related curricular and co-curricular activities.

Accommodations at UCD are in co-ed 6-person suites, with each student having their own bedroom and bathroom, plus a shared kitchen and common space.

The program fee does not include transportation to and from Ireland, daily meals. Students should expect to pay for these on their own, meal cost options being relatively similar to options available if a student were to spend a summer living in Boston. An estimate of those costs are listed below. Please note, these estimates are in US dollars, the exchange rate with the Euro at the time of travel may increase or decrease these amounts. 

  • Airfare: $800.00
  • Meals, etc: $650.00
  • Incidentals: $250.00

*Estimated tuition, figures for the 2019-2020 academic year have not been set

Co-curricular activities may include:

  • Trips to local tech firms
  • Weekend in Galway
  • Museum vists
  • Cultural and social activities


Saturday, June 8 - Saturday, June 29


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