Housing and Accommodations
The host institution for the Temple Dublin program will be the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES), which works with many major American universities to provide education space and student housing in some 40 countries. Their classrooms are in central Dublin.
Between three and five students share a fully furnished apartment that consists of a
kitchen, two or three bedrooms, and a common area and most have access to wifi. Students may be placed in a variety of housing options in residential areas of central Dublin and the average commute time to the IES Abroad Dublin Center is about 30 minutes. A meal plan is not included so students typically prepare their own meals or dine at nearby inexpensive options. All utilities are included, with the exception of phone service. You can view photos of the housing here.
Sites of historic importance and natural beauty are close to Dublin and can be seen in day trips. North of Dublin lie Newgrange, a Stone Age tomb built a thousand years before Stonehenge; the Hill of Tara, a religious and political meeting place from the first millennium linked to Irish myth and legend; and Monasterboice, a site of 10th-century monastic ruins and the ornately-carved Celtic Cross of Muiredach. Also along the northern coast are the seaside towns of Howth and Malahide. To the south, in County Wicklow, are Glendalough, site of a 6th-century monastery founded by St. Kevin, and Powerscourt, a grand, 18th-century estate with extensive gardens.
Students will have weekends free to travel to further on their own. Popular areas accessible by rail and bus include the scenic coastland along the Ring of Kerry near Killarney in Ireland’s southwest; Ireland’s “second city” of Cork and the Blarney Castle to the south; and the stunning Cliffs of Moher in the west. Thanks to high-speed ferry service, Wales and Scotland are possible weekend destinations as well. IES will provide weekend group trips on two of the weekends you are in Dublin. The fees are included in the cost of the program.