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Program Schedule and FAQs

dublin icharleston program

Foundation for International Education (FIE)

London-based non-profit educational organization, provides customized partnership programs and individual enrollment programs in London and Dublin for undergraduate students. Affiliated U.S. institutions include Northeastern University, Drexel University, and Franklin & Marshall College.

Program Dates

June 28 - 29
iCharleston Family Orientation on College of Charleston Campus

August 28
Pre Departure Orientation

August 29
Students arrive Dublin

August 29 - September 4
FIE Orientation

September 5-18

September 19
Full class schedule begins

October 29-November 2
Fall Break (no classes held)

December 17-18
Final Exam Period

December 19
Departure from Dublin

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I file for a visa?

  • No visas are required for U.S. citizens. However, once you’re in Dublin, you must register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) as advised by FIE. Please note that registration for GNIB costs €300.

What facilities will be made available to iCharleston participants while in Dublin?

  • You will be able to purchase discounted memberships to local gyms. Study lounges are also available and all Dublin Business School (DBS) buildings and residences have wireless Internet. The library provides access to academic journal titles, case studies, news coverage, market research reports and specialist reports through a wide range of electronic databases. It is open late on weekdays and open Saturday throughout the year. Note: Gyms in Dublin offer special rates to students who present their student cards.

What housing services are available to iCharleston participants?

  • You will live in shared three-five persons apartments at Blackhall Residence – a 15-minute walk to the Dublin Business School campus. Duvet and pillow is included in residence halls. Students must purchase sheets and towels once they arrive in Dublin. There is a dedicated FIE live-in staff and an accommodation office that is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is a 24/7 security presence in all residence halls, and security patrols take place throughout the evening and night.

Will iCharleston participants have access to a meal plan?

  • There will be no meal plan options in Dublin, though full kitchen services are provided for each participant.

What kitchen appliances will be available?

  • There will be one shared kitchen per apartment. Each is equipped with stove tops, a full oven, a microwave oven, and cooking utensils such as pots, pans, plates, bowls, silverware, etc.

Are there common rooms? Laundry facilities?

  • There is one common room – furnished with sofas and easy chairs – in each apartment and laundry facilities in each residence hall that cost between €1.50-€4 for each use.

What travel and insurance options are there for iCharleston participants?

  • Program fees cover Endsleigh travel insurance for all participants. Endsleigh covers travel for up to 21 days throughout the duration of the program. You will be emailed policy documents a few weeks after you are enrolled with FIE.

Will there be co-curricular trips made available for iCharleston participants?

  • FIE requires that you complete all DBS co-curricular activities and two FIE mobile seminars as part of the assessment components of each course. These will involve cultural, state-agencies, NGOs, and business-focused and social-awareness activities. Typically these activities would include company visits, attendance at volunteer events, rejuvenation project assessment and travel to other towns and cities in Ireland.
  • There will also be two, mandatory weekend-long study tours to Northern Ireland and Western Ireland. The cost is included in the fee for the Irish Life and Cultures course.
  • In addition, iCharleston site directors complete programs throughout the semester specifically for the participants in this program. College of Charleston faculty and/or staff may be involved in these programs.