You’re in! This Hub Page is your one-stop-shop for all program related information prior to your departure.

Everything you need to do before studying abroad will be addressed on this page – think of it as a living checklist. Be sure to check this page regularly, as many of the sections above contain action items with specific deadlines. We will also update this page with new information throughout the semester.

Phases 1, 2 and 3 contain time-sensitive action items, so be sure you’re staying on track! Each phase contains a self-check so you can double check to see if you’ve completed everything along the way.

The “In-Country Guide” contains a wealth of information about the place you’ll be calling home for the next semester. Be sure to read through that section to learn about everything from cultural customs, to academic differences, to daily life.

[— Phase 1: First Things First (Admission – April 1) —]

  • Log in to your online application and confirm your participation in the program. Then complete the checklist of items on the “Pre-Departure Documents” tab.
  • Once you complete the pre-departure process, you'll be registered for this program as a placeholder block of credits.

Please take the time now to review our website for details about the cost of your program. You may find our budgeting worksheet to be an important planning tool. We also encourage you to consider applying for study abroad scholarships as early as possible.

We understand that preparing for your time away can seem overwhelming because of the abundance of information being shared with you. We have designed this online presentation to communicate general pre-departure information that applies to all BU Study Abroad programs, and help you navigate the pre-departure preparation process.

Pre-departure Roadmap

All students must have a passport valid for at least 180 days (6 months) after the program end date. If you do not have a passport, or yours needs to be renewed, please request expedited service. US Citizens can find further information and application instructions at the State Department’s passport website.

Students who hold United States passports do not require a visa for their stay. However, all students, except those who are citizens of a European Economic Area (EEA) country, will need to register with the Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service (INIS) after entering Ireland. The Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service is charged with the registration and security of long-stay visitors in the country. Appointments will be required to register with the INIS. Students requiring Irish Long Stay (D) Visas must withhold booking flights for weekend trips until their registration date.

You will need to prepare and organize some of the items needed for your registration before you depart for Ireland.  Please see the list below:

-Valid passport
-Certification letter
-Proof of international medical insurance
-DCU Student ID Card
-Financial Documentation
-The INIS Registration Fee of €300 (approx. $330)
-Proof of round-trip flight itinerary

Please refer to the “Final Considerations” section for more detailed information about these required items closer to departure.

Depending on your country of citizenship, you may need to apply for a Long Stay (D) Study Visa. You can check here to see if you will need to apply for a visa.

  • Applications need be submitted to the Irish Consulate in Boston as soon as possible, but by June 9 the latest in order to get your visa in time for the program.
  • The application itself takes about 1 week to prepare, but processing at the consulate takes 10 – 12 weeks, during which time you will not have access to your passport.
  • To apply, follow these visa application instructions. When you begin your visa application, contact Corey Blackmar to get several personalized letters that are necessary as part of your application.
  • If you are planning to travel internationally and will require your passport during the 10-12 week processing time, please contact Corey Blackmar prior to submitting your visa application for specific instructions.

Most Irish visas are single entry, which means any travel to other countries during the program will be limited, and in some cases, not possible. With planning, travel after the program is possible, but will likely require additional research and additional visas, depending on your citizenship and destination countries. For questions about this, please contact Corey Blackmar.

Note: This information has been prepared by Boston University Study Abroad based on the most recent information provided by the relevant immigration agency (E.G. consulate, embassy, etc.). It is each student’s responsibility to compile and apply for their visa based on their specific citizenship. Visas are granted by foreign governments only, Boston University does not play a role in visa issuance, nor can we influence immigration policy. While we do our best to keep instructions as up-to-date as possible, visa requirements are subject to change without our knowledge. Ultimately obtaining a visa in a timely manner, and related costs incurred, are a student’s responsibility. Failure to acquire a visa will preclude participation in the program.

Housing Forms:

Housing preferences are indicated by completing the forms and documents below. Please note the DCU Application for Accommodation for Fall 2017 term will be available on March 30, 2017.

  • Housing Questionnaire (Actual room and roommate assignments are given upon check-in at DCU)
  • DCU Application for Accommodation (Students must register and complete the Accommodation Terms & Conditions Agreement. When asked for a DCU Student/CAO Number, please enter eight zeroes: 00000000)

Please note that after students have submitted their housing application, they will receive an offer of place from Dublin City University and will then be required to accept their offer and submit an EUR 100 security deposit when registering for on-campus accommodations.

DCU Housing Information:

BU students are housed on two floors of O’Donnell House, located on the Dublin City University (DCU) All Hallows Campus.  O’Donnell House is comprised of single rooms complete with bed, desk, wardrobe, and personal sink. There are also one double rooms as well. On each floor are shared living/kitchen/dining areas as well as gender-separated bathrooms and showers.

Shared living/kitchen/dining areas feature breakfast bars, couches, and all standard cooking supplies and utensils.

WiFi access in rooms and living areas may be available, but it is recommended students purchase hard-wired Ethernet cables in the event the WiFi is too slow or spotty on campus.

Room assignments are given upon arrival in Dublin, at housing check-in.

Course Selection Information:

Although you already submitted an Advisor Support of Participation form as part of your application, you may adjust your course enrollment plans as you learn more about your program. Be sure to do so in consultation with your academic advisor (or your home institution’s study abroad office, if you are a visiting student), especially if your courses were pre-approved. You should determine, preferably prior to the start of the program, the precise degree requirements these courses will fulfill. It is your responsibility to research how the courses taken abroad apply towards your overall academic requirements and progress toward your degree. Non-BU students should be certain you understand how courses you take with BU Study Abroad will transfer to your home institution.

Your courses will not appear on your BU transcript until after the program has ended and grades are reported.

Most students will get all the courses they select. In the unlikely event that there is an issue with your courses, the BU Dublin office will be in touch with you directly.

For the first 7 weeks of the program, you will be taking 2 required courses, and half of your elective course at a slower pace. You’ll have class Monday – Thursday during each of these weeks. During the final 7 weeks, you’ll intern 4 days a week, Monday – Thursday (typically 9-5), and take the 2nd half of your elective course on Fridays. You’ll also be completing academic work that accompanies your internship placement throughout this phase.

Course Selection Forms:

Course selections are made by completing all of the forms and documents below and sending them to the BU Dublin staff. Some of these documents will need to be submitted via email. 

CAS IP101: The Global Learning Experience (1 credit)

All program participants are invited to enroll in an online course that is designed to both complement and enhance your semester abroad. The Global Learning Experience is a self-paced, one-credit, Pass/Fail course with brief readings and assignments designed to accompany students through the experience of living, studying and interning in a country and culture different from their own. Students will post their work, experiences and observations to an online platform which will trace a student’s individual path of activities and achievements abroad from an academic, personal and professional standpoint. Discussion boards will link students not only with the course instructors but with students studying on other BU Study Abroad programs around the world. We encourage you to learn more at the link above.

Have you completed everything in Phase 1? Here is a self-check to make sure you’re on the right track. Make sure you’re keeping track of any upcoming deadlines and budgeting enough time to complete them on-time. If you missed a deadline, be sure to check in with you Program Manager and complete that task right away.

You should have:

  • Confirmed your participation via your BU Study Abroad Application, paid your program deposit, and filled out the accompanying online forms
  • Watched the Pre-Departure Roadmap Webinar
  • Submitted your Housing Forms – MAY 1
  • Submitted your Course Selection Forms – MAY 1
  • Submitted your visa application to the Irish Consulate in Boston (International Students Only) – JUN 9
  • Registered for the “Global Learning Experience” 1-credit course (optional)

[— END Phase 1 —]

[— Phase 2: Core Preparations (April 1 – July 15) —]

All students are guaranteed an internship within their track. The internship placement is handled by our partner, EUSA Dublin. Below is an overview of the placement process:

1. Student Gateway Access:

All students will be asked to register on the EUSA Student Gateway. You will receive an invitation via email, and answer some initial questions about your placement preferences, goals, and expectations. You will also upload a copy of your Irish formatted CV. From this Gateway you will schedule a pre-placement meeting with a member of the EUSA Dublin team.

Instructions for Formatting Your Irish CV

2. Pre-Placement Meeting and Presentation:

A member of EUSA Dublin will come to Boston to conduct a Pre-Placement Presentation for the whole group, and will have individual 30 minute meetings with each student to discuss their specific internship preferences. For students who can’t meet with EUSA in person, you will have a Skype or phone meeting.

Within this individual meeting you will discuss the academic component of your placement, your career objectives, interests, and skills. Placement Managers will engage you in an honest discussion about placement opportunities, assess relevant skills, suggest changes to your CV, and begin to set your expectations about the market and culture in which you will be working.

Dublin Internship Meeting Preparation Tips

Pre-Placement Presentation and Meeting Dates

Staff from EUSA Dublin will be in Boston April 10-12, 2017. The Internship Consultation Preparation Presentation (group) and Internship Consultation Meetings (individual) will take place on the following dates and times:

Internship Consultation Preparation Presentation (required for all participants)

  • Monday, April 10 (8:30 AM – 9:30 AM). Location: College of Arts & Sciences – Room 216
    A pre-recorded version of the presentation will be made available here following the meeting.

Internship Consultation Meetings (individual 30 minute meetings with each student)

  • Monday, April 10 (10:30 AM – 5:30 PM). Location: GSU 320
  • Tuesday, April 11 (9:00 AM – 5:30 PM). Location: GSU 320
  • Wednesday, April 12 (9:00 AM – 5:30 PM). Location: GSU 320
3.  Placement Confirmation:

You will receive provisional placement information once you arrive on site in Dublin. Your placement timeline may be vary from other students’ in your program, due to the individual nature of each internship placement. 

Internship placements are confirmed with EUSA after you attend a formal interview with your placement supervisor in Dublin. EUSA Dublin will provide you with a placement description, sponsor website and previous students’ evaluations (when available), to prepare you for your on-site interview. The confirmation of your placement is always contingent upon the success of the interview with the supervisor.

4. Midterm Reviews and Supervisor Evaluations:
EUSA will monitor the placement experience and provide ongoing support and advice. Halfway through the placement, each student will complete a mid-term review to assess progress achieved at the workplace.

Upon completion of the placement, each supervisor will complete a supervisor evaluation to assess individual student performance. The EUSA internship team will collect these and provide copies to the BU Dublin academics team to be considered as part of your internship course grade.

Flight Information:

Each semester, we work with Advantage Travel to offer an optional group flight, round-trip from the East Coast to Dublin. The cost of the group flight is not included in the program fee. Students are not required to take the group flight. Students are not required to take the group flight, however all students are required to submit a round-trip itinerary for our records. Keep in mind that late arrivals and early departures are not permitted.

Why should I book a spot on the group flight? Although airfare is not included in the cost of the program, all travel booked through Advantage Travel will be monitored by the travel agency on the day of departure, and they will be able to assist with any schedule changes, delays, or missed connections. The flight also allows you to travel with other students from the program.

How do I reserve a seat on the group flight? Specific booking instructions and detailed group flight itineraries will be emailed directly to students.

What if I need to book a connecting flight to the departure city? If you will be traveling from elsewhere prior to the group flight, Advantage Travel can also assist you with reserving a flight to the departure city.

What if I want to arrange my own travel? If you prefer to travel independently from the group, you are welcome to do so. Advantage Travel can assist you with reservations from a different airport or on different dates, or you can make a reservation completely on your own. You must arrive on the DCU All Hallows Campus by September 5, 2017 at 11AM and depart on December 16, 2017. Housing will not be provided before or after these dates, and late arrivals/early departures are not permitted Once you have confirmed your independent travel, make sure to report your flight information through the Boston University International Travel Registry.

Arrival Information:

Students on the group flight will be met by on-site staff upon arrival and transportation will be provided to the DCU campus. If you make travel arrangements independent of the group, you should try to arrive at the same time as the group flight (or prior to it), so that you can meet the group at the airport and take the group transportation. You will need to email BU Dublin your flight itinerary, and indicate you would like to join the group transportation.

If you will be traveling independently and will be arriving after the group flight, you will be responsible for securing your own transportation to the residence. The DCU All Hallows Campus is only a few miles from the Dublin Airport, and a taxi is the best way to get between the two. A cab ride usually costs between €20 – €25. You’ll want to direct your taxi driver to O’Donnell House, Dublin City University All Hallows Campus, Grace Park Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9. You can reference the DCU All Hallows Campus Map. Please communicate your arrival details to bu@dcu.ie directly, so the staff know when to expect you.

There will be a required pre-departure meeting held on Monday, April 24, 2017 from 5:00PM-7:00PM at the BU College of Arts & Sciences (725 Commonwealth Avenue) – Room 315. This meeting is intended to provide an overview of daily life, culture, health and safety, and academics in Dublin.

All BU and Boston-area students are strongly encouraged to attend. For non-Boston area students, materials from the presentation will be made available here following the meeting.

Please also note that this meeting is intended for participants of the program only. Due to FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), parents/guardians are not permitted to attend this session.  In the event that any parents do come to the meeting, we will kindly ask them to exit the room regardless of how far they may have traveled to get to the meeting.  Therefore, please plan accordingly.  We do, however, encourage you to share relevant information about the program with your parents, as we understand that they may be curious about what to expect with your experience abroad.

International Health Insurance and Evacuation Coverage:

All students participating in our programs will be automatically enrolled in a plan which includes comprehensive health and evacuation insurance. This coverage is provided by GeoBlue, and policy information will be sent to you via email. In the meantime we encourage you to review the insurance information we provide on our website.

If you need assistance in planning for your medical needs abroad—such as determining coverage of a specific case, availability of prescription medication, or scheduling an appointment with a doctor or counselor—you can contact GeoBlue even before you are officially enrolled in the plan. Use the GeoBlue contact information at the link above and identify yourself as a Boston University program participant in need of assistance with “pre-trip planning.”

Preparing To Live in Ireland:

Study abroad can be both mentally and physically challenging, so it is important for you to prepare as much as possible now for your health and safety during your time abroad. Although there are no required immunizations for your time in Dublin, we recommend that you we recommend that you consider the following:

  • Take the time now to read the BU Study Abroad Health and Safety webpage.
  • If you have not been feeling well, make an appointment with your doctor for a checkup.
  • If you anticipate needing any dental, optical, or other procedures, plan to have them completed before departure.
  • If you are experiencing any emotional, eating, or substance abuse issues, seek professional counsel and consider deferring your participation in an overseas program, if necessary.
  • If you have had difficulties coping with change, stress or anxiety in the past (whether or not it was professionally diagnosed), or are hoping that time spent overseas will help you solve a problem facing you at home, or on campus, you should talk to a medical professional before studying abroad.

Medications and Prescriptions:

If you take regular medications, please consult with your local primary care physician prior to the program departure to obtain the necessary supply of your medications for the duration of the program as well as a written prescription. You may not have medications shipped to you overseas due to customs regulations. If found in transit, medications may be confiscated and you could be fined.

If for any reason you cannot be prescribed or transport the full supply of your medication, you will need to see a local doctor in Dublin to get a new prescription. Please follow these steps to work with your normal doctor in the US, and GeoBlue to make a plan ahead of time. 

  1. Call  GeoBlue insurance directly, identify yourself as a BU Student and ask to engage in “pre-trip planning”. GeoBlue can help you identify if your medication is available in Ireland, and help set up an appointment with a doctor in Dublin so that you can start the re-prescribing process straight away.
  2. Once you know if your medications are available, have your current doctor(s) write a letter indicating the conditions the medications are for, the dosages, the generic chemical names, etc. You can bring this with you to your doctor’s appointment in Dublin, along with a paper version of your current prescription.

Immunizations:

All visiting students are advised to ensure that they have received completed courses of all immunizations appropriate to their age that are recommended for their home country. If not already included in this list the following immunizations are also recommended: MMR and Meningitis C. Ideally you should avail of these vaccinations at least 8 weeks prior to your arrival in Ireland.

The on-site staff will discuss the healthcare system in Ireland in detail, during your on-site orientation.

If you have a mental health, emotional, learning, or physical disability that would require reasonable accommodations in order to complete the requirements of the program, you must obtain approval from BU’s Office of Disability Services. To initiate the approval request process, complete this Request for Accomodations Form (RAF) and submit it to access@bu.edu or 19 Deerfield St. second floor, Boston, MA  02215. Please note that certain accommodations that you receive on your home campus may not be available at your program site, so the earlier that you are in contact with their office for advising, the better. The process for arranging accommodations may take several weeks.

If you are currently consulting with a mental health professional, you must seek their counsel about the advisability of your participation in a study abroad program, especially as related to your adjustment to new cultural, academic, and housing environments and the availability of therapeutic or medical support while you are away from your home campus. If you have questions about the support available at your program destination, please contact abroad@bu.edu.

Have you completed everything in Phases 1 and 2? Here is a self-check to make sure you’re on the right track. Make sure you’re keeping track of any upcoming deadlines and budgeting enough time to complete them on-time. If you missed a deadline, be sure to check in with you Program Manager and complete that task right away.

You should have completed:

(From Phase 1)

  • Confirmed your participation via your BU Study Abroad Application, paid your program deposit, and filled out the accompanying online forms
  • Watched the Pre-Departure Roadmap Webinar
  • Submitted your Housing Forms – MAY 1
  • Submitted your Course Selection Forms – MAY 1
  • Submitted your visa application to the Irish Consulate in Boston (International Students Only) – JUN 9
  • Registered for the “Global Learning Experience” 1-credit course (optional)

(From Phase 2)

  • Attended your EUSA Pre-Placement Meeting and Placement Interview – APR 10-12
  • Booked a seat on the group flight (optional)
  • Attended your Pre-Departure Meeting – APR 24
  • Made any necessary doctors appointments and located your nearest travel clinic for immunizations
  • Contacted GeoBlue for “Pre-Trip Planning” (if necessary)
  • Contacted BU Disability Services to plan for academic accommodations and other support services (if necessary)

[— END Phase 2—]

[— Phase 3: Final Considerations (July 15 – Departure)—]

Some students, depending on their internship placement, will be required to get a state background check. EUSA Dublin will inform you if you require one for your placement. When you receive the results of your background check, please scan and email the results to the EUSA Dublin office and bring the original copy with you to Ireland.

Students who are Massachusetts residents, or attend university in Massachusetts are eligible for a Massachusetts state background check, called a CORI. Non-Massachusetts residents will need to get a state background check from the state they are a resident of. Each state will have different processes and requirements. A background check from your state police department is generally acceptable.

CORI Process and Request Form

In Massachusetts, the Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) is the official document that is issued when a background check is requested.

Anyone with a Massachusetts mailing address, including BU students and students who attend other schools in Massachusetts, may request a copy of their CORI from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services.

CORI Request Form – NEW   (fill out according to our  Sample CORI Request Form – NEW)

Students should submit their completed CORI request form by mail to address the on the request form. The general processing time is two weeks.

All students, except those who are citizens of a European Economic Area (EEA) country, will need to register with the Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service (INIS) after entering Ireland. Appointments will need to be booked by students prior to departure. Please do not book weekend trips until after receiving information regarding your INIS registration date.

You will need to prepare and organize some of the items needed for your registration before you depart for Ireland.  Please see the list below for more details.

What you must provide for your appointment with the INIS:
  • Valid passport
  • Certification letter
    This letter will be mailed or emailed to you by your Program Manager. The letter must be high-quality and in color.
  • Proof of international medical insurance
    This letter is produced and mailed or emailed to you by your Program Manager, and outlines your GeoBlue International Medical Insurance policy. This is the only insurance letter you need.  The letter must be high-quality and in color prior.
  • DCU Student ID Card
    This will be provided during your on-site orientation in Dublin by DCU.
  • Financial Documentation:
    Students on the Dublin Internship Program are required to demonstrate access to a minimum of €2,000 to cover your daily living expenses while in Ireland (approximately USD $2,200).

Financial documentation can take the form of one, or more, of the following:

–  3 months worth of recent bank statements, combined they all must demonstrate a grand total of €2,000. Account numbers can be redacted, account holder names cannot.

Please note: If you are using another individual’s bank statements, the account holder must write a letter of financial support addressed to the INIS, indicating that they will be financially responsible for you, for the duration of your stay in Ireland.

–  Financial aid documentation. If you use this option, you’ll need to request an official letter from your institution’s Financial Aid office detailing the funds you’ll have access to, to cover your daily expenses.

  • The INIS Registration Fee
    All students pay €300 (approx. $330). This fee can be paid by credit or debit card during your appointment in Ireland.
  • Proof of round-trip flight itinerary
    You will need to print your booking confirmation and itinerary prior to departure.


International Travel Registry

All students are required to report their confirmed travel plans through the Boston University International Travel Registry, regardless of whether you have reserved a spot on the group flight or will be traveling independently. Registration allows BU to communicate with you when incidents affecting travel and operations occur overseas, including natural disasters, civil unrest, or outbreak of disease.

It’s essential that you call your bank and credit card companies to let them know you’ll be studying abroad. You’ll need to tell them what country (or countries) you’ll be visiting, and the dates you’ll be away. If you don’t let them know, they may freeze your accounts, assuming your card has been used fraudulently. When you call your bank, you should ask them about the fees you may incur when using your debit/credit cards internationally.

Ireland does not currently have any reciprocal banking partnerships with US banks. This means that you’ll likely need to pay fees when using your credit/debit cards and withdrawing cash. We do not recommend opening an Irish bank account. The fees for transferring funds both to and from Ireland, and the time it takes to set up and close the account, outweigh the benefits. Plan to use your current bank and credit cards.

One way to minimize fees is to take out larger sums of cash at once, and keep the majority of it in a locked location in your bedroom, using only what you need at any one time. Some students in the past have opened credit cards that have specific benefits for travel – like waiving international transaction fees – and have saved money that way. You’ll need to assess what is right for you.

Outside of Ireland, there may be banks that partner with your US bank. One of these partnerships is the Global ATM Alliance – a joint venture of several major international banks that allows customers of their banks to use their ATM card or debit card at another bank within the Global ATM Alliance with no international ATM access fees. Other fees, such as an international transaction or foreign currency fee, may still apply.


All students need to have access to a local Irish mobile phone number while on their program. A phone or SIM card can be purchased during the first few days of orientation in Dublin. Most students will go together and use one of Ireland’s major mobile carriers: O2 and Meteor are often popular choices. These phones will also work while traveling around continental Europe.

All students should purchase pay-as-you-go phones or SIM cards. We do not advise getting a monthly plan where you need to sign a contract, or cancel your subscription.

If you would like to continue using your current smartphone with and Irish SIM card, be sure to check that your phone is compatible with European band SIM cards, and if it needs to be unlocked ahead of time by your US carrier. If you do not want to unlock your phone, then you can always purchase a small phone in Ireland (some are as little as €10) , and use your current smartphone on airplane mode with WiFi, when it’s available. There are many public WiFi locations around Dublin, including on the public buses.

We do not recommend using an international plan from your current US mobile provider. These plans are often much more expensive than what you’ll pay in Ireland, and not nearly as reliable. You will also not have a local Irish number, which is essential. These plans are appropriate for a vacation, not for an entire semester abroad.

Internet Access:

DCU is equipped with secure WiFi throughout the campus and in O’Donnell House, but it is advised that students bring or purchase an ethernet cable in the event of insufficient WiFi. Public WiFi is plentiful around Dublin, especially in City Centre. You may find that internet speeds differ from what you are used to in the US – try to be patient!

Most students communicate with their family and friends at home using internet calling apps, as opposed to using their Irish mobile phones. Some popular, reliable, and free (!) apps include:

  • Skype (voice and video calling, messaging)
  • FaceTime/iMessage (Apple products only – voice and video calling, messaging)
  • What’s App (mobile messaging)
  • Viber (voice and video calling, messaging)

You should consider downloading some of these apps prior to departure, and helping those who you’ll want to communicate with to download them as well.

As you prepare to leave, you’ll want to think about your current communication habits with your loved ones, and plan ahead for how those routines may change while you’re abroad. Many students find that, due to their new schedules, travel, etc. that they do not call home as often as they would on their home campus. We recommend that you discuss this with your family and friends and make a plan that you can sustain while abroad BEFORE you leave. 

Most students use internet-based apps to call or message people in the US or their home country. More information on suggested apps can be found above. Know that internet access and speed may be different while you’re abroad, and you’ll need to be flexible.

It is especially critical to explain that you will likely not have phone or internet access for several hours after arriving in Dublin. It’s equally important to let family and friends know if you’re going to miss a scheduled call – they may worry about your safety or well being as a result.

In addition to basic clothing and personal items, we recommend the following for packing:

Luggage:

  • Use bags that are light and sturdy – one large, one carry on, one shoulder bag or backpack
  • Pack only what you can carry easily yourself
  • Check airline restrictions on weight and number of bags you can take aboard. Overage fees may apply.
  • Do not plan on shipping items abroad. Items may get tied up in customs and either arrive late, or, in some cases, not at all.

Pack in your carry on:

  • Passport
  • Certification Letter (provided to you by your Program Manager)
  • Full round-trip flight itinerary
  • Hard copy of contact details and directions to your program site (especially for independent travelers)
  • Prescription medications

Recommended Items:

  • One bath towel to start
    A bedpack will be provided to you upon arrival in Dublin (sheets, duvet, pillow) . You can purchase more after you arrive. There is an IKEA close to Dublin City University where students can stock up on apartment essentials. 
  • Universal outlet converters
    Voltage converters are not necessary. Ireland uses UK-style outlets, and the rest of Europe uses a smaller 2-prong outlet. 
  • Rain and cold-weather clothing
    It may be cold and damp at times during the program. It rains a small amount most days.
  • External hard drive or USB drive for backing up academic work
  • Work clothing for internships
    Business casual attire is appropriate for most internships. When in doubt, go by the industry standard for your track (for instance, business and pre-law students should bring at least one full suit)

What NOT to bring:

  • US-based international cell phone plan
    (see mobile phones section above for more information)
  • Sentimental items you can’t replace
  • Personal appliances like hairdryers, straighteners, and shavers
    Inexpensive replacements can be purchased in Dublin. US and European voltages differ, and small appliances are not built to cope with the change. Electronics like laptops, battery chargers, etc. have built in voltage converters and are fine to bring.

BU Students: 

The Fall 2017 payment deadline is August 3, 2017. You will use the StudentLink “Money Matters” tab to view and pay your bill, as usual.  Any questions regarding your bill or making payments should be directed to BU Student Accounting Services at studenta@bu.edu.

Non-BU Students:

The Fall 2017 payment deadline is August 3, 2017. Please contact your home institution to discuss your specific billing arrangement with Boston University.  Any additional questions regarding your bill or making payments should be directed to abroad@bu.edu.  Additional information can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Have You Changed Your Mind?

If you are considering withdrawing from your Study Abroad program, please thoroughly review the Boston University Study Abroad Policy on Refunds. Please keep in mind that at any time after your admission to the program there may be non-recoverable costs associated with withdrawing from the program. Examples of non-recoverable costs may include, but are not limited to, housing costs, excursions or academic costs. It is important to note that the program starts on September 5, 2017 and is more than 12 weeks long. The last day to notify our office in writing of your withdrawal prior to being responsible for a portion of the program fee is August 28, 2017.

Have you completed everything in Phases 1, 2 and 3? Here is a self-check to make sure you’re on the right track. Make sure you’re keeping track of any upcoming deadlines and budgeting enough time to complete them on-time. If you missed a deadline, be sure to check in with you Program Manager and complete that task right away.

You should have completed:

(From Phase 1)

  • Confirmed your participation via your BU Study Abroad Application, paid your program deposit, and filled out the accompanying online forms
  • Watched the Pre-Departure Roadmap Webinar
  • Submitted your Housing Forms – MAY 1
  • Submitted your Course Selection Forms – MAY 1
  • Submitted your visa application to the Irish Consulate in Boston (International Students Only) – JUN 9
  • Registered for the “Global Learning Experience” 1-credit course (optional)

(From Phase 2)

  • Attended your EUSA Pre-Placement Meeting and Placement Interview – APR 10-12
  • Booked a seat on the group flight (optional)
  • Attended your Pre-Departure Meeting – APR 24
  • Made any necessary doctors appointments and located your nearest travel clinic for immunizations
  • Contacted GeoBlue for “Pre-Trip Planning” (if necessary)
  • Contacted BU Disability Services to plan for academic accommodations and other support services (if necessary)

(From Phase 3)

  • Applied for, received, and submitted your state-level background check for your internship (only applicable to those who receive requests from EUSA)
  • Gathered the required items necessary to bring with you to Ireland for registration with INIS.
  • Submitted your travel plans via the International Travel Registry
  • Called your bank and credit card companies to let them know you’ll be studying abroad. Asked about any banking reciprocity agreements they may have, as well as any fees you may incur.
  • Decided if you’re going to use your current mobile phone abroad, or get a new phone after you arrive in (site). If you’re going to use your own phone, be sure to get it unlocked at least a week ahead of departure.
  • Made a reasonable communication plan with your family and friends
  • Reviewed your packing list and purchased any essentials
  • Read your “In-Country Guide”
  • Settled your Boston University Student Account

[— END Phase 3 —]

[— In-Country Guide —]

1.       Get To Know Dublin

Many people think of Ireland simply as an English-speaking country, where everyone is very friendly and uses expressions like “top o’ the morning,” but Irish people speak a uniquely modified English. From Belfast in County Antrim to the Aran Islands off the coast of Galway, there are many different regional accents in this small island of six million people. To begin to familiarize yourself with Ireland, check out some of the following resources:

History

Geography

Politics

Other Ireland Resources

To familiarize yourself with current events, we recommend that you read an Irish daily newspaper such as The Irish Times (either on-line or from the library) in the weeks before your departure for Ireland. Let’s Go Ireland lists hostels, attractions, hours of operation, transportation, Irish history, as well as places to visit in neighboring countries. This and other guides written with the student traveler in mind are wonderful resources when planning your weekend excursions. There are many travel guides for Ireland and Europe available for loan at the BU Study Abroad Dublin office.

Irish Times Newspaper
www.irishtimes.com
The Event Guide (Concerts, Films, Festivals)
www.dublineventguide.com/
Visit Dublin (Official Dublin Tourism site)
www.visitdublin.com
The Lonely Planet—Dublin
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/ireland/dublin
Entertainment in Ireland (Features cinema listings and new release movie reviews, TV and radio listings, concerts and gigs and other event information.) http://entertainment.ie/
Time Out Dublin
www.timeout.com/dublin

Readings
Dubliners by James Joyce – Classic collection of stories focused on Dublin.
The Commitments by Roddy Doyle – Also available on DVD. A classic look at Dublin Life in early 1990s.
McCarthy’s Bar by Pete McCarthy – Determined to visit every pub with his surname in the title, McCarthy offers a humorous look at Irish country life, colorful locals, and quirky attractions.
Brooklyn by Colm Tóibin – The movie based on this novel is also recommended.
A Sort of Homecoming by Robert Cremins – A modern novel about a twenty-something who returns to Dublin after becoming marginally famous.
Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks – Author hitchhikes around Ireland with a refrigerator to win a bet.
Fork in the Road by Denis Hamill – An intense story about an Irish-American filmmaker doing research for a screenplay in Dublin.

2.      Daily Life

The Irish diet does tend to consist of more staple foods such as meats and starches. However, as of late the diversity of food options in Ireland (and particularly in Dublin) allows for almost any diet to be accommodated in the city. Check out some of the resources below for food and dining customs information:

All information on housing is contained within the Dublin City University Residences website: DCU Residences & Accommodations

Dress is not largely different in Ireland than in the US, but you will find that the weather does impact how people are styled. Heavier fabrics such as wool are common in Ireland. Also, many Irish tend to wear simple, neat-looking clothing for everyday work and lifestyle. Stick to basic colors and patterns to blend in! It is also worth noting that you should bring some rain gear such as a rain jacket and rain boots, as it tends to drizzle and rain in Ireland quite a bit throughout the year.

The Irish have a colorful language all their own. Here are a few examples:

American                                                    Irish


apartment                                                    flat
cookie                                                           biscuit/bicky
potato chips                                                crisps
french fries                                                  chips
drugstore/pharmacy                                 chemist
eraser                                                           rubber
bathroom                                                     loo, toilet
line                                                                queue
elevator                                                         lift
sweater                                                         jumper
TV                                                                  telly
DVD                                                              video
stove                                                              cooker
vacuum cleaner                                           hoover
cabinet                                                          press
thing/item                                                    yoke
professor                                                      lecturer
he/him                                                          yer man
she/her                                                         yer woman
eggplant                                                       aubergine
zucchini                                                        courgette
subs/hoagies                                               filled rolls
cell phone                                                    mobile
City Centre                                                  An Lár
Dublin                                                          Baile átha Cliath
road                                                               bóthar
street                                                             sráid
lane                                                                lána
semi-truck                                                    lorry
fun                                                                 craic
“What’s up?”                                              “What’s the story?”
“That’ so funny!”                                       “That’s gas!”

3.      Student Life

Dublin City University is a full-service institution serving a population of more than 15,000 students across three campuses. As such, they offer many facilities, including a library, sport and fitness center, printing services and many more! For a full list of campus facilities, go to the DCU Campus Facilities website.

Dublin Internship students can buy their books at the Dublin City University Bookshop. There are also a number of textbooks available for loan in the BU Dublin Office.

Students on the Dublin Internship Program may enjoy included excursions to areas such as Glendalough and Belfast, Northern Ireland. Some courses will also incorporate field trips into their classes, and may include excursions to historical sites around Dublin and attendance at local theater performances.

First Weeks on the Job
Workplace culture, habits, and attitudes in most Irish organizations can be radically different from that which you may be accustomed to in the US. Frequent tea breaks and smoking cigarettes outside the office—two behaviors discouraged in the US—may be acceptable at your Irish placement. Whether you find these differences endearing or exasperating will depend on your ability to accept these work values as simply different and not wrong. Meeting your internship objectives is unlikely during your first and second week on the job. Like any new job, it will take time for you to feel comfortable and confident in your new role. Adjusting to the work schedule and daily commute may be more difficult than you imagined. You may experience moments when you feel overwhelmed or underutilized. You may also discover that the work setting occasionally fails to hold your interest. All of these emotions and challenges contribute to the learning curve during your first weeks on-the-job. With patience, flexibility, enthusiasm, and observation during these initial weeks, you are likely to find your niche in the organization and receive greater responsibility and challenge.

Establishing a rapport with your supervisor should be one of your first priorities. Although your supervisor may recognize the importance of assigning meaningful work and providing ongoing feedback, meeting deadlines and other job priorities may limit his or her ability to provide coaching and support. If you are accustomed to a more structured work environment, you may need to demonstrate a bit more initiative and self- direction than you have in the past. Your supervisor is likely to recognize and appreciate your efforts to take on additional work.

Finding your niche in work environments where staff are extremely busy or overworked may require some initiative on your part. Coworkers may welcome you and include you in their social activities. Others may be friendly and welcoming but have little time to include you in their social activities or answer your questions. With downsizing and restructuring, today’s organizations are often understaffed. Rolling up your sleeves and contributing wherever you can will win your co- workers’ trust and support. During this introductory period, you may be assigned low challenge tasks to gauge both your attitude and ability to handle simple projects. Although you may be disappointed to receive easy tasks—and have doubts about traveling all the way to Dublin for what initially appears to be menial responsibilities—complete the assignments cheerfully and with as much effort as you would for more challenging projects. Successfully completing minor projects demonstrates your competence and capability and is likely to result in more challenging assignments. It is common for students to envision their internship placements as exciting and glamorous. Although you may experience moments of excitement and challenge, long hours, mundane tasks, and record-keeping figure prominently in most work settings. In addition to developing new skills, the internship provides opportunities to learn about organizational dynamics and the skills needed to succeed in busy office environments. Your internship will provide a greater understanding of some of the realities of the work world and should serve you well as you move into your first professional position.

If Problems Arise
If you are dissatisfied or unhappy in your internship placement, your best course of action is to bring these concerns to your supervisor’s attention. Without feedback from you, your supervisor may assume incorrectly that you are happy with your assigned tasks. If you are uncertain how to approach your supervisor, the Dublin Placement Team will be glad to help role play the conversation. If, after speaking with your supervisor, you cannot resolve the issue or agree upon an acceptable compromise, your next step should be to speak with the EUSA Dublin staff.

Attendance
Absences from your internship because you are unhappy with the placement, because the credits do not transfer back to your home institution, or because it is not what you expected are unacceptable. Unexcused absences will be reflected in your grade for the course. Frequent unexcused absences may result in a failing grade and expulsion from the program.

Grading
The internship is a serious academic course; the required written work will determine most of your course grade. Your on-site performance should be viewed as academic fieldwork for your assignments and not as the entirety of your internship experience.

Appropriate Attire
Standards of acceptable appearance and demeanor vary dramatically from country to country, and even from business to business. Students seeking to participate in a Boston University Internship, Community Placement, or Teaching Practicum Program must understand that they are emissaries of the University and the United States. Enrollment constitutes an agreement that they will attempt to live and work within the framework of local custom. Some personal choice of dress, hairstyle/color, body ornamentation, etc. that may be acceptable on most US campuses may make an internship placement in a foreign country difficult, if not impossible. By enrolling in the program, students agree to make every effort to adapt their personal appearance to the generally accepted norms of the business community of the host country, and understand that failure to do so may make placement impossible and result in a failing grade. Where dress, hairstyle and body ornamentation are dictated by an individual’s religion, race, national origin or ethnicity, every effort will be made to accommodate those needs
consistent with our status as guests in a foreign country. Since you will not know where you are working until after you arrive, it is difficult to anticipate exactly what clothing you will need for the workplace. You should dress conservatively for your internship interview and bring business clothing for the occasional special event. Men should bring slacks, blazers or sport coats, and several ties. Dresses, skirts, and dressy trousers are fine for women. Perhaps because Dublin
can be damp, dressy slacks for women are more prevalent and acceptable than in the US business. Marketing and legal interns of both sexes should expect to dress for a business setting and should bring at least one dark suit. Arts, journalism, psychology and advertising internships tend to be more casual and, as such, jeans and casual clothing may be suitable.

IN SUMMARY
Understanding workplace priorities, demonstrating initiative, and assisting wherever possible are key ingredients to a successful internship. As an intern, you may feel overlooked on occasion as busy staff focus on their work priorities. A proactive, self-directed approach will win your supervisor’s favor and may lead to new opportunities. Assert yourself. Take responsibility for your internship and volunteer for projects. Your supervisor is likely to recognize and appreciate your efforts.

4.      Money Matters

Much of Ireland, the UK, and mainland of Europe now use “chip and pin” credit cards, instead of the traditional magnetic strip. Though many establishments will accept both, it’s recommended to have one credit card with an EMV chip. Many US based banks and credit card companies have this option.

ATM Systems

Advances in ATM networks mean that you can now use an American ATM card, with a credit card for back up, for the duration of your stay. For many students, withdrawing money using an ATM is a sensible option. Although you will be charged the bank’s exchange rate for each transaction, the fee is typically lower than currency exchange services. If you plan to use your ATM card abroad, you are advised to contact your bank before your departure and complete any necessary paperwork to authorize card transactions overseas. Some banks will not permit overseas withdrawals using an ATM bankcard without authorization. The advantages of using an American ATM card include convenience, greater security, accountability, and free funds transfers from the US to Ireland. Cards on the CIRRUS and PLUS networks will work in all major European cities, which means you will have access to your cash in the currency of whatever country you happen to visit. Be sure to have a back-up card readily available—in case of loss, theft, demagnetization of the strip, or a computer crash—and bring euros for your initial days in Ireland. Because prices on overseas transactions vary from one US bank to another—ranging anywhere from $1.50 to $6.00— you would be wise to shop around for the best price. If your bank has a restrictive ATM network, or if its transaction fees are expensive, you should consider opening an account at a more user-friendly bank. To ensure that the account is fully operational, you should open the new account at least two months before your departure. Opening an account two months in advance will provide sufficient time for you to test your ATM and credit cards and check to see that your funds
transfer without difficulty. If your ATM Personal Identification Number (PIN) is not four digits long, change it to four numbers, before you leave the US. Many European ATMs cannot accept a longer PIN number.

Tipping in Dublin is a whole new ballgame for those of us used to dishing out 15-20% tips in the States. At a restaurant, 10-15% of the bill is appropriate, and on large parties of 6 or more, the tip is usually added onto the bill automatically. In a nicer restaurant, you would tip anywhere from 15%-20%, as you would in the United States. It is not customary to tip bartenders; it is customary to tip hairdressers and salon/spa employees. Finally, if you use a taxi to get home, just round up the price of the fare (if it’s less than €10—i.e. a €7.50 fare you’d give €8) or add €1 to the total price (if it’s greater than €10). As with anything, tipping is discretionary—if it’s a large fare, late at night, early in the morning, exceptional service, etc., you are always welcome to leave an additional tip.

5.      Traveling

Bus Routes
Any bus marked ‘An Lar’ will take you to city center. The closest stop is Stop No. 45 (Clonturk Park) on Drumcondra Road just outside the All Hallows Campus grounds. Buses 1, 11, 13, 16, 16C, 33, 41A, 41B, 41C, and 44 all operate through Drumcondra Road and provide access points to the City Centre in one direction as well as Dublin Airport in the other direction. Bus services end at approximately 11:30PM.

Bus Tips – Hail the bus to indicate you would like it to stop for you, otherwise it will just keep driving. Tell the driver what fare you require (the bus fare is based on stages traveled – the cost from DCU to city center is €2.35) and he or she will give you a ticket. Exact change is required and bus fare can only be paid in coins. If you do not have exact change, you will be given a receipt for the change that you can redeem at the Dublin Bus office on O’Connell Street. Be sure to hold onto your ticket; there is an automatic €50 fine if you do not have one (and Dublin Bus authorities do random spot checks!). Get to know your bus schedule; it will save you a lot of waiting around.

The Dublin Bus Information Office is located at 59 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 or accessible at www.dublinbus.ie. It is open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m – 5:30 p.m and Saturday 9:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m. Here you can pick up a bus timetable for your own bus route.

Nitelink
The Dublin Bus Nitelink service runs mainly on Friday and Saturday nights from D’Olier Street, College Street, and Westmoreland Street to surrounding Dublin areas. Nitelink buses stop at fewer drop-off points than a local bus, so you may have a longer walk home than usual. Cost is €5, exact change coins only, and Nitelink services are not included on weekly or monthly bus passes. Pre-paid Nitelink tickets can be purchased at any Dublin Bus ticket agent or from the Ticket Bus located in each street from where the Nitelink departs. The DIP office does not encourage students to use the Nitelink buses, unless traveling in a group to the same destination.

DART – Dublin Area Rapid Transit
The DART is usually the quickest, most predictable way to get into town from accessible locations. The DART runs fairly consistently every 15 minutes. For schedules visit www.irishrail.ie. DART Stations in Dublin city centre include Connolly Station (Amiens Street), Tara Street (just south of the River Liffey and about two blocks east of O’Connell bridge) and Pearse Street Station (on Westland Row at the east end of the Trinity College campus). DART services end at approximately 11:30 p.m.

LUAS
The LUAS tram is the light rail system with two lines operating from Connolly Station and Stephen’s Green to south Dublin. It runs very frequently (every 2 min or so) and has a few stops located next to tourist attractions. The fare varies by distance and tickets can be purchased at automated machines near each stop or at local ticket agents. A student 30-day combination LUAS & Bus tickets can be purchased for €92.50. Visit http://www.luas.ie for more information.

Student Leap Card
The Student Leap Card costs €12.00 for postal applications or €15.00 when buying it in the DCU Students Union located in the Hub (€12, plus a €3 photo capture fee). Similar to the Charlie Card in Boston; you can use it on Dublin Bus, LUAS, and DART services. Simply buy your Leap Card, top it up with travel credit and away you go. It saves you money; it’s flexible, convenient, quick and safe. For full details see: http://www.leapcard.ie

You can top up your Leap Card with credit in a designated Dublin Bus Agents (a sign outside will indicate this). You can also top up with one of the following ticket options:

Student 5 Day Rambler €22.30
Valid for unlimited travel for 5 non consecutive days
Valid on Dublin Bus scheduled services including Xpresso (excluding Airlink, Nitelink, Tours, Special Events and Private Contract services)

Student 30 Day Rambler €111.50
Valid for unlimited travel for 30 non consecutive days
Valid on Dublin Bus scheduled services including Xpresso (excluding Airlink, Nitelink, Tours, Special Events and Private Contract services)

More info on the Leap Card can be found on the Dublin Bus website as well as at www.studenttravelcard.ie. You can also pay on public transport with cash.

Decide where you want to go
Look at travel guides: (There are a limited number of travel guides on the reserve shelf in the DCU Library as well as in the BU Dublin Office. USIT in Aston Quay has a large selection of travel guides that you can buy for a 10% discount with your USIT card. You can review more information about USIT at www.usit.ie)

-Rough Guide series (www.travel.roughguides.com)
-Lonely Planet series (www.lonelyplanet.com)
-Let’s Go! Series (www.letsgo.com)
-Fodors (http://www.fodors.com/)

Find the cheapest way to get there
Several websites offer discount travel deals and holiday packages.

Discount airlines:
www.ryanair.com
www.easyjet.com
www.aerlingus.com (great and frequent sales to various locations!)

Other discount travel websites:
www.lastminute.ie
www.expedia.com
www.buseireann.ie – bus travel throughout Ireland
www.railpass.com – European and British rail passes

The USIT office will also book flights for you, although you should check the above websites first, as sometimes their prices are better than those offered by travel agencies.

MacCoole Tours
BUIP has used MacCoole Tours for fieldtrips around Ireland in the past. Check them out at www.maccooletours.com or email Caroline Connolly at info@maccooletours.com

Plan accommodation during your stay
Once you have booked your flight, you can choose from a range of accommodations, from B & Bs to 4-star hotels:
www.europeanhostelguide.com
www.hostels.com
www.hostelbookers.com
www.hotels.com
www.eurocheapo.com

The BU Dublin office recommends that students stay in B&Bs and hotels where possible. If you choose to stay in a hostel, please ask if there are locks on the doors when booking, and also the size of the rooms, and the make-up of occupants.

6.      Staying Healthy

DCU Medical Facilities
The most appropriate and local medical facilities are located right on the DCU campus. You can learn more about the medical facilities on the DCU Student Health Service website.

D-Doc
If you need a doctor outside of normal working hours or over the weekend, then please contact ‘D-Doc’ at Tel. 1850 22 44 77. The ‘D-Doc’ will make a house call and therefore come by your location. Opening hours are 6:00 p.m–8:00 a.m Monday-Friday, and 24 hours on Saturday, Sunday, and Bank Holidays. There is a fee for this service (approx. €60-€85). If you require medical attention within normal working hours, you will need to contact a physician to make an appointment.

Emergency Services
Police, Fire, Ambulance, Lifeboats, Mountain /Cave Rescue, Coastal Rescue – Dial 999. This number is like the 911 service in the USA. The police force in Ireland is known as the Gardaí (pronounced gar – dee), and a single police officer is a Garda (gar – da).

7.      Staying Safe

The American Citizen Services Unit of the American Embassy was established to assist Americans visiting or living in Ireland. You may call, write, visit the website or stop by to request their help. If you are visiting in person, it is a good idea to bring along your U.S. passport for identification purposes. Various services are offered at different times; please check the hours before you visit.

U.S. Embassy
42 Elgin Road
Ballsbridge
Dublin 4
Tel. 01 668 8777
http://www.usembassy.ie
Hours: 8:30 a.m – 5:00 p.m Monday – Friday

Check hours for specific services. The embassy is closed all Irish and American official holidays.
Please note: The Embassy cannot help you if you are arrested for any offence under Irish law.

The Passport and Citizenship Office can renew or replace your expired or lost U.S. passport. In some instances, passports may be renewed through the post. However, all replacement passports must be applied for in person. Phone the Embassy to find out what documentation is required and for current fees. The Passport and Citizenship Office is open to the public from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (closed Wednesdays).

Dublin is one of Europe’s fastest growing cities, and although it may seem smaller and slower-paced than most metropolitan areas, it is a city nonetheless, and presents the same dangers as all major cities (i.e. New York, Boston, London, etc.)

If you choose to explore Dublin after dark, stay in groups and keep an eye on those you went out with to ensure everyone makes it back to safely. Always keep an eye on your food/drinks/etc. and avoid going anywhere or walking through city centre alone after dark. If you are unfamiliar with your surroundings, do not pull out a map; find the nearest shop or Garda and ask for directions in person. Sharing a cab is preferable (and safer!) than taking the Nitelink home and is highly recommended.

DCU is located in Drumcondra, one of the nicest and safest sections on the North side of the city, and Dublin in general is relatively safe. However, as with any city, there are rougher areas and individuals, and it is advised that you always remain aware of your surroundings. If you witness an emergency situation, do not get involved. Call 999 and inform the proper authorities. If you witness individuals in flagrant violation of local laws (i.e. drinking/smoking on the bus) or engaging in rude behavior (i.e. shouting verbal abuse, cursing, etc.), do not look at them or say anything; simply ignore them and continue on. When in doubt, always trust your instincts.

8.      “Being You” Abroad


Identities Abroad

As you prepare for your study abroad experience, you’ll want to consider aspects of your identity and how these may be perceived and treated in the culture you’ll be spending time in. You may encounter varying and even opposing perceptions of your identity, which could include your gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, ethnicity, and possibly several others. Although some of this will be covered in your on-site orientation, we encourage you to do some research into social norms, cultural mores, and local practices before your program begins. We want you to participate as much as possible in the host culture and should be prepared for the experience, which can be both personally challenging and rewarding.

LGBTQ Resources

Disability resources

Women’s and Gender Resources

Racial and Ethnic Students from the Global Majority

Resources for Religious and Spiritual Groups Abroad

Agnostic/Atheist/Humanist

Buddhism

Christianity

Hinduism

Islam

Judaism

Resources for all Students


[— END In-Country Guide —]

[— The Fine Print —]

Academic, Disciplinary and Financial Standing

Boston University Study Abroad reserves the right to rescind admission to or continuation in any program if an applicant’s academic or disciplinary record is not satisfactory. Boston University students placed on expulsion, academic suspension, or residence separation are not eligible to participate for the duration of the sanction. Deferred separation status will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Non-Boston University students are expected to verify their eligibility to study abroad with their home institution.

In addition, your Boston University student account must be in good standing. University policy requires the withholding of educational services, including participation in a BU Study Abroad program from any student whose financial obligations to the university are due and/or unpaid.

Students’ Responsibilities While Abroad

In completing your online pre-departure forms, there are a number of terms and conditions that you have agreed to by your electronic signature. We suggest that you review the following with your family, parent/guardian or other interested party:

  • Student Declaration (includes a link to the Boston University Policy on Refunds—also below)
  • Participation Confirmation
  • Housing Agreement
  • Assumption of Risk, Waiver of Claims and Release of Liability Form

Policy on Refunds

All students should thoroughly review the Boston University Study Abroad Policy on Refunds.  This policy applies to all students and should be thoughtfully read when considering a withdrawal from a program. If you have questions, please contact our office.

[— END The Fine Print —]

[— Calendar —]

Program Dates

The Fall 2017 Dublin Internship Program runs from September 5, 2017 (depart U.S. on September 4) to December 16, 2017.

Tentative Academic Calendar

Monday, 4th September  — Depart U.S.
Tuesday, 5th September  — Arrive in Ireland
Tuesday, 5th September – Friday, 7th September – Orientation
Monday, 10th September – Classes Begin
Tuesday, 31st October – Internships Begin
Thursday, 14th December – Internships End
Saturday, 16th December — Program Ends
Saturday, 16th December — Depart Ireland

Neither late arrivals nor early departures are permitted. We urge students to not make any weekend or mid-semester break travel plans until they arrive on site and receive the finalized course and program schedule. During the semester, students must fulfill strict attendance requirements and will be very busy with classes, program activities, and assignments. If family and friends plan to visit, please schedule trips to take place before the start of on-site orientation, during a scheduled program break, or after the semester ends. The first and last weeks of the program are critical to students’ success and require your full attention. By timing visits to coincide with scheduled program breaks, you can meet attendance requirements and take full advantage of your study abroad experience.

[— END Calendar —]

[— Contacts —]

Program Contacts

As you prepare for and embark on your study abroad experience, you will be in contact with various staff members from BU Study Abroad, both in Boston and abroad. To avoid missing important information, please add “@bu.edu” to your address book. Please keep all emails in a folder for your reference as you prepare for your semester abroad. Here are the names and email addresses of some people who will be in touch with you this semester, and/or whom you may want to contact with questions.

Boston-based Staff

  • Corey Blackmar, Program Manager  (coreys@bu.edu)
    Corey will be your primary contact during the pre-departure process. All questions and concerns you may have should be directed to him.

Dublin-based Staff

All the staff members below may be in touch with you at various points regarding pre-departure preparations.

  • Mary McCloskey, Director  (marymc@bu.edu)
    Mary is the program director for all BU Dublin programs. Mary is based at Dublin City University. If you need anything while in Dublin, Mary is your go-to person from BU. 
  • BU Dublin Office – General Inquiries
  • EUSA Dublin
    Various staff from EUSA Dublin will be in touch via email regarding your internship placement. You may be asked to provide additional log-in information as part of this process.

[— END Contacts —]