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Study Abroad Program in US and International Affairs

The programme is offered during Spring Semester and  offers modules tailored for US based students who wish to gain an international perspective on their own  country and the United States relationship with Ireland.and the rest of the world.  The programme consists of several modules which examine America’s global role and provides students with an opportunity to closely study the perceptions and impacts of the US in another country. The programme is suitable for students with different majors including American Studies, International Relations, Politics, History and Media studies.


Spring in UCD
Spring in UCD

“The UCD Clinton Institute served as a home away from home for the five of us undergraduate students who partook in the Study Abroad Program . The professors and staff at the Institute were incredibly helpful and accessible, and they made us feel welcome and comfortable from our very first day to our last. The classes offered were intellectually stimulating, and being in class alongside students from all over the world led to very rewarding and interesting class discussions. In contrast to many other study abroad programs, the Clinton Institute offers undergraduate students the opportunity to learn in a small classroom setting in which conversation and interaction are encourages, rather than placing students in huge lecture halls where you may get lost in the mix.” – Grace Loughney 

Programme Structure

Students can take up to 30 credits (6 modules) and should have the approval from their home university advisor if they wish to take less.  You will be pre-registered to your modules before you arrive in UCD.

The UCD Study Abroad team in the UCD International Office will support you before you leave home, when you first arrive and throughout your time in UCD. The aim is for you to get the most out of your experience academically, culturally and socially.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for any UCD Study Abroad Programme, you should have a GPA average of 3.0. You must submit your transcript and a copy of your passport as part of the application process.

Application Process

You can make an application using the online application system. You will need to create an account and follow the on-screen guidance to complete and submit your application.

Please review instructions on completing the form before commencing your application.  Information about the application process can be found on our FAQ section.

Application Deadline

For Spring Semester 2018 applications should be submitted by the 25th October 2017

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Killarney National Park

Tuition Fees

UCD Study Abroad Fees

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While modules for the Semester Abroad Programme at the UCD Clinton Institute can vary from year to year, students can expect to take modules similar to:

  • Ireland and the US
  • American Politics Today
  • Media and US Foreign Policy
  • Foundations of US Foreign Policy
  • America and Globalisation
  • Transatlantic Relations
  • Public Diplomacy
  • Challenges Facing US Foreign Policy
  • Ireland Uncovered
  • Discovering Ireland