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Semester Abroad Programme

The US and International Affairs Semester Abroad Program.

The Clinton Institute Semester Abroad programme is a Spring semester programme of modules tailored for US-based students who wish to gain an international perspective on their own country. The programme consists of several modules which examine America’s global role and it provides students with an opportunity to closely study the perceptions and impacts of the US in another country.

The 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 encouraged, rather than placing students in huge lecture halls where they may get lost in the mix. The Institute also invites students to attend lectures from some of the most prominent scholars in the fields of American Studies and Media Studies. As an American Studies major, I gained a new perspective from my classes abroad that will influence my approach to my courses and thesis when I return to my home university. I felt very at home in the Clinton Institute community, and the education and experiences I got there were one of the best parts of my time abroad. Grace Loughney.

Modules available on this program include:

Public Diplomacy

Ireland and the US

Media and US Foreign Policy

America and Globalisation

New Meda and New Conflicts

Challanges Facing US Foreign Policy

Students on the programme take a minimus of 20 ECT credits and a maximum of 30 ECT credits (6 modules).


The minimum GPA requirement is 3.00 (Bachelors degree)

Credit Transfer

UCD will send an official transcript of exam results to your home institution.  Your home institution decides on credits to be awarded for modules at UCD


Applications are made on-line at www.ucd.ie/apply

Application Deadline

October 2017

For Further Information contact – Catherine.Carey@ucd.ie