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Come to Ireland and experience a society that has reinvented itself.

Ireland offers you opportunities to explore what it means to assume the responsibilities of global citizenship from the lived experience of a specific place.

Living in Dublin, studying at Dublin City University/St. Patrick's University or Classport, working for community-based groups and agencies in the city, and with easy access to the rest of the country and to Northern Ireland, you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a rich and varied cultural heritage and get to understand first hand the current issues of both native Irish as well as immigrants to Ireland's shores.

The Republic of Ireland's capital has transformed itself over the last 20 years from a quiet, provincial city into a modern, thriving  European city. Universities abound and create a youthful energy as about 35% of Dublin's population is under 25. Lively urban areas with ancient pubs, live music and restaurants mingle with historic churches and libraries, ancient ruins and beautiful green spaces. The Liffey river (spanned by numerous beautiful bridges) divides the city into two distinct areas where you can explore. You will find it easy to enjoy the best of what Dublin has to offer!

Experience Ireland like a local...not a tourist.

Serving alongside and living with the people of Ireland provides so many opportunities to converse with, hang-out with and explore with the locals. Grab hold of this unique opportunity to immerse in another culture like never before. Want to feel like Dublin is your new second home? Come with IPSL to Ireland!

Program Highlights

Language of Instruction: English
Affiliated institutions: Dublin City University (DCU) / St. Patrick's University (Semester)

and Classport (Summer)

Courses & Credits - Semester

The IPSL Dublin program offers students the ability to register and take a wide variety of courses at Dublin City University (DCU) / St. Patrick's University for approximately 18 credits per semester. Students are required to take the IPSL Institutions in Society Service-Learning course for 3 semester credits and the IPSL Service-Learning Reflections and Practicum for 3 credits. Students may choose an additional 3 courses from the Dublin City University  and /or St. Patrick's University course catalog. 

Courses & Credits - Summer

IPSL's partner, Classport, offers summer students exciting courses in Irish history and contemporary society. Students are required to take the IPSL Institutions in Society Service-Learning course for 6 semester credits a Students may choose an additional elective course for a total of 9 credits.

Service Opportunities
  • working with at-risk youth

  • agencies supporting the homeless

  • agencies/schools working with people with mental and physical disabilities

  • organizations working with drug and alcohol addicted populations

  • agencies providing services for the elderly, and other marginalized groups

  • refugee and immigrant relief and assistance

  • conservation and working on the world's environmental challenges


Homestays with a local Irish family are arranged. Partial board (breakfast and dinner Monday - Friday and three meals per day on the weekends) is included. An integral part of the program, the homestay offers you the opportunity to make life-long friends, gain higher proficiency in the language, and experience the culture from "the inside." All IPSL host families are carefully selected and experienced with hosting students.  Living with local residents is part of the immersion experience. Instead of being a tourist, an IPSL student gets to know what it's like to be part of a different culture. 


  • We're really nice and support you in your journey!

  • We're the most experienced group in the field of International Service-Learning

  • You can make a real difference to people in need

  • You can FINALLY learn that language

  • You can dive deep into another culture!

  • To support our service organizations in a SUSTAINABLE way

  • GROW - expand your horizons and challenge your assumptions!

Program Director(s): Christopher O'Connell (Semester),

Jennette Kilroy (Summer)


The program welcomes students of any nation who have a high school diploma or equivalent credential. TOEFL equivalent 550.

What's Included

Tuition and academic fees; academic transcript; on-site and on-line orientation and  pre-departure materials; homestay housing with breakfast and dinner; service placement and supervision; airport pick-up upon arrival; health insurance; academic excursions. 

What's typically NOT Included

Passport; visa (if required); vaccine fees; international airfare; books; lunches in homestay; personal spending money; local transportation; local cell phone and independent  travel.

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