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  • Locations: Dublin, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Fall, Winter-Spring Terms
  • Restrictions: DPU applicants only
  • Click for Tuition + Program Fee: Fall Quarter, Winter-Spring Terms
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Term-long Academic Level: Undergraduate
Required GPA: 3.0 Living Arrangements: Homestay
Language of Instruction: English Prerequisite: None
Liberal Studies Domain: EL Study Abroad Contact: Cara Miller
Internship Available: Yes How COVID-19 could impact this program or your study abroad plans: Please see the Study Abroad COVID-19 page for more information.
Program Description:

In cooperation with Ireland's Institute of Public Administration, DePaul University offers upper level undergraduates an outstanding opportunity to learn about the political structure and processes through an intensive internship with a member of the Irish parliament or with a nongovernmental organization affiliated with the EU government. Local faculty and staff provide DePaul students with the preparation, training and support to succeed in this internship. Coursework on Ireland's history, society, politics and literature also scaffold and support the internship. This program is limited to the number of students that can be placed in internships, but is offered twice a year -during the Fall quarter or the Winter and Spring quarters. Now in its 17th year, this program has hosted students from many majors at DePaul including International Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Communication, Commerce, History, and Philosophy. For a similar program with the European Parliament, see our Leuven program.

Dublin is the cultural as well as the political capital of the Irish Republic. Students are encouraged to take advantage of its theaters, including the world famous Abbey and the Peacock, the popular culture of the pubs, horse fairs, traditional folk festivals, the collections and lectures of the National Gallery of Ireland and the National Museum and Library. Students may also use visit the various parts of the Republic and neighboring countries.

To learn more about Ireland's Institute of Public Administration, click here: Institute of Public Administration.

Students work closely with a member of the Irish Parliament (Dail Eireann or Seanad Eireann) or of a related nongovernmental organization who has expressed the desire to have an American research assistant. The assignment is made by the Dublin program director in close cooperation with the leadership of the participating parties: Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, and Labour. The intern's own academic, professional, and political background, personality, and interests are taken into consideration in making the assignments, which happen onsite after students meet with the program director. In addition to research, the intern may be involved in areas such as constituency relations, representation and party liaison, preparation of briefing materials for 25 hours a week.


The program has been established in cooperation with senior professors from the Irish university system. The courses require guided reading, written work and final examinations for learning assessment.

The library and facilities of the Institute of Public Administration are available to the students, as well as workspace in or near Leinster House, the seat of Parliament. The resources of the National Library and other research facilities are made available to the interns as needed to facilitate their work. The program begins with a week-long intensive orientation during which students are provided with an intensive introduction to the parliament and internship, housing assignments are finalized and the student interns are introduced to the facilities of the Irish Parliament Dail and Seanad. Required Courses:

Fall Semester Spring Semester
PSC 395 - Irish Society & Politics PSC 395 - Irish Society & Politics
ENG 398 - Irish Literary Tradition ENG 398 - Irish Literary Tradition
HST 398 - Ireland in the 19th & 20th Centuries HST 398 - Ireland in the 19th & 20th Centuries
INT 382/ PSC 392 - Parliamentary Internship INT 382/ PSC 392 - Parliamentary Internship
Total credit hours: 22.5 Total credit hours: 28

arch Course Credits:

In the fall program, students earn 9 credit hours for the internship and 4.5 credit hours for each of the associated courses.

In the two quarter program, Winter & Spring, students earn 10 credit hours for the internship and 6 credit hours each for the 3 associated courses.)

Students participating in this program during the Spring of their senior year should be aware that overseas grades may not be received for their degree conferral until August. While the Study Abroad office will do everything they can to expedite the process, transcripts are usually not received from overseas early enough for a June graduation conferral.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change at a host institution, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.


Students are housed as paying guests of Irish families who provide room and board. This allows participants to gain unique insight into the Irish culture and daily life. Hosts are carefully screened and represent all walks of life and professions: some are traditional large families, some are retired couples, some are divorced or single parents and some are young couples. Many homestays are located in the outskirts of Dublin, about an hour-long commute to the Institute. Students usually have another U.S. or international student as a roommate. Placements are arranged by the housing coordinator in Dublin based on information students provide about their needs and preferences.

All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition and a program fee. Tuition is billed at the student's regular DePaul tuition rate based on the number of credits enrolled. Click for the Fall quarter fee and the Winter-Spring quarter fee for your program. Read the details carefully to understand exactly what is included. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines. Students are also encouraged to speak with the DePaul financial aid office for more information about financing their study abroad experience.


DePaul Study Abroad is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and this program is currently moving forward. If the program is canceled prior to departure, students will be refunded 100% of the program fee and withdrawn from any associated classes with no penalty or tuition charges. Study Abroad has also modified the standard Withdrawal Policy, and any students who commit to this program and decide to withdraw 90+ days prior to the program start date will not be charged any withdrawal fees. For more information, go to the DePaul Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates page.

If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require students to obtain student visas. In that case, contact the country's local consulate or embassy for up-to-date instructions. As of this publication, students on the Dublin program DO need an entry permit. Once onsite, however, student planning to stay more than 90 days must register with the local immigration office, for which they will pay a fee of 300 euro. To find out more information about the visa process for your select country(ies), visit our Visa Information Page. Please note that requirements can change quickly. Study Abroad will update this website to reflect changes as they become available.

Contact program alumni to learn about the student experience:
Name Email Term Attended
Layoneth Ramos Winter-Spring 2020
Talitha Cargill Fall 2019
Nora Drew Fall 2019

DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.

Dates / Deadlines:

Thank you for your interest in this program! We are not currently accepting applications. In general, applications open about 6 months before program application deadlines.

This program is currently not accepting applications.