Study in Ireland

high quality studies and life in an english speaking country


A young city with a large student population, Dublin offers the perfect backdrop to your study experience. Many multinational companies have their European head quarters in Dublin, which gives you great job opportunities for part time and summer jobs after the semester. Your dream semester in Dublin is closer than you think – apply today and get accepted to study in Ireland as quickly as in a day!


Easy application process

Just fill out an online application form and submit it with a few attachments

Acceptance even in one day

Your study placement can be confirmed as quickly as in a day

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Your study placement can be confirmed as quickly as in a day

Most affordable tuition fees


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American College Dublin

Top 5 inn national university ranking


study abroad programs


places to study abroad

fully accredited in europe and usa


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Autumn (Sep – Dec), Spring (Jan – May), Summer (May – August)
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Bachelor and Master, GAP Year
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30 ECTS / 18 US credits


2,490 EUR + 75 EUR application fee




Liberal arts, Performing arts, Creative writing, International business, Accounting and finance, Hospitality management and Event management, and many more


Semester Dates


September 12th –
December 21st, 2024

September 12th, 2024
August 4th, 2024

SPRING 2025*

January 13th -
May 5th, 2025

January 10th, 2025
December 5th, 2024

SUMMER 2025*

May 12th -
August 1th, 2025

May 12th, 2025
April 1st, 2025

Please note that the course selections are made on a first-come-first-serve basis!

*) dates still tentative


ACD is based on an historic campus in central Dublin, Ireland. The institution seeks to offer the best characteristics of Irish and American higher education in an intimate environment underpinned by the holistic liberal arts model of learning. Students are encouraged to supplement their academic career by utilising the social and cultural offerings of Dublin city life and by availing of Dublin airport as a gateway to exploring the European continent and its surrounds.

Who is this program for?

  • You’re a university student
  • You’re interested in Ireland
  • You want to study abroad in a unique environment
  • You want to expand your knowledge with a variety of topics
  • You want to get to know people from all over the world


American College Dublin grants credits directly as either ECTS. Each course is worth 3-6 ECTS. You may choose between 3 and 6 courses, which amount to 18–36 ECTS.

To apply, you need to have at least

  • Enrollment at an institution of higher education (University) for the upcoming year
  • Sufficient English skills. You’re not required to take an official language test, however.

For Gap Year, Highschool graduation certificate (no enrolment in University needed)

Undergraduate Programs

  • Electronic application form
  • Copy of identification page of the passport
  • High school diploma, certificate, transcript of records or equivalent document (stamped and signed or electronically verifiable, in English).
  • A certificate of enrollment in English. This document should show that you are a current student at the institution you are studying in. See an example.

*Portfolio for creative writing courses only

Graduate Programs

  • Electronic application form
  • Copy of identification page of the passport
  • Bachelor’s degree diploma, certificate, transcript of records or equivalent document (stamped and signed or electronically verifiable, in English).
  • A certificate of enrollment in English. This document should show that you are a current student at the institution you are studying in. See an example.

A proof of enrollment for the current academic year in your home university. See example here.

Please note that applications sent without a valid passport cannot be processed.

Visas and Immigration for US students

US citizens do not have to apply for a study visa until after they have arrived in Ireland. The ACD Student Life Office holds visa registration orientation. In order to pass through immigration at Dublin Airport, American students must be sure that they have:

  • Paid their full tuition or have documentation from ACD confirming US Financial Aid award
  • A valid Passport
  • Student medical insurance which can be purchased at the following link: (typically costs approx. €120/ year)

Apply to study abroad at the American College Dublin

Get the required documents (see list below)

Fill out and submit the online application form together with the required documents

You’ll get a confirmation of your study placement within one week, at best as quickly as in one day.

  • When you apply for two semesters: 100 EUR discount on the second semester
  • Get access to comprehensive information materials such as an Beyond Abroad Guide and an interactive orientation webinar after you apply


  • Scan all the required documents (1–2) to your computer.
  • Finally fill out the online application form below and submit it with all the documents.

Uploading and submitting the attachments

  • Please upload the attachments in PDF format.
  • If possible, please submit all the attachments together with the application. If you’re missing some attachment(s) when you first apply, you can send the missing document(s) later.  However, please note that we won’t process applications without any attachments whatsoever.
  • All attachments must be sent to us by the application deadline at the very latest, preferably as soon as possible.
  • You can submit all the documents electronically. Please don’t send anything via regular mail.
  • There is a late application fee for applications or attachments submitted after the application deadline.


You’ll get a confirmation of your study placement in 1-7 days, starting from the day your application is complete with all the required documents.


The application fee invoice will be sent to you soon after the initial acceptance letter. This fee will be due within 10 days of receiving your confirmation. The application fee is non-refundable even if you decide to cancel (see below).


If you’re unable to participate in the study abroad semester, you have the right to cancel your participation up to 1 month before the semester starts with no extra cost (the application fee will not be refunded, however). Let us know about your cancellation by writing us an email at info[at] Cancellations notified via phone, SMS or by any other means will not be considered. For more detailed information on our cancellation policy, please see terms and conditions for cancellation. We also reserve the right to cancel your participation if any of your fees becomes overdue. For more information, please see our terms and conditions.

Travel insurance

You are required to have a valid accident and health insurance from your home country for the whole duration of the program. The university may request a copy of the insurance certificate in the beginning of the semester. See our recommended travel insurance providers.

Located on Merrion Square, in the heart of Ireland’s capital city, American College Dublin offers an outstanding post-secondary education at the bachelor’s and master’s levels in liberal arts, performing arts, creative writing, international business, accounting and finance, hospitality management and event management. Established as a not-for-profit educational trust in 1993 by Lynn University (located in Boca Raton, Florida), the College has grown from a study abroad campus for American students to a global institution with thirty-five nationalities among its student body.

In the years since its foundation American College Dublin has consolidated its position as a high quality liberal arts institution. Student numbers have increased from a handful to the hundreds, with alumni numbering in the thousands since the first graduation ceremony.


1 Merrion Square,
Dublin 2


  • accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
  • QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland)


You can find a selection of popular options on their website. The experienced student support staff will be happy to help.

American College Dublin is located at 2 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. Please use Google maps to check the location of your accommodation from the College.
American College Dublin is located near the LUAS (Dublin’s tram service) and the DART (Dublin’s suburban rail services).




Q: Can I take Master’s level courses even if I’m a Bachelor’s level student?
A: It depends on your foundation courses from the Bachelor courses you have taken. It can be reviewed by ACD after pre-selecting your courses

Q: Are there mandatory courses?
A: There are no mandatory courses when studying at ACD. You may choose from the available courses for the specific semester you will be joining. You cannot pre-select courses that is taught for a different semester as classes are organized by semester schedule.

Q: When are my course selections confirmed?
A: The course selections are confirmed 1 month before the semester starts. In some cases where the students need to confirm their courses through their Learning Agreements, they can send it to us as soon as available. The semester courses being offered in ACD is being updated towards at the beginning of each academic year or every after each semester.

Q: Can I drop out of a course or add a course after making the course selections?
A: Adding or dropping out of course may take place on or before your arrival at the destination. However, should you choose to add or drop a course feel free to contact the international office or school registrar and coordinate what needs to be done or should you need to change the course for your credits.

Q: How does the weekly schedule look like?
A: During the orientation a week before the semester starts, you will be provided with the class schedule. The reason why international students are encouraged to choose below 6 courses to ensure that there are still days and time you can dedicate for your intercultural learning, immersions or cultural excursions.

Q: What is the required minimum attendance?
A: Unwritten rule of thumb is to attend the classes 75% of the time including the mandatory lectures and workshops.

Q: When do the exams take place?
A: All exams will take place inside the official semester dates. Mid-term exams usually take place the week before the mid-term holiday and final exams the last week of the semester. The exams are scheduled for the same weekdays and times as your normal classes.

Dresscode: There is no specific dress code in ACD. However, you are expected to dress well. No flip flops or boardies. Just remember to cover your shoulders and knees – and to wear proper shoes

Q: What is the correct type of visa for studying abroad in Dublin at ACD?
A: C Study Visa. This is for the students studying not more than 3 months. If you are a non-EEA national coming to study in Ireland you must be enrolled in a full-time course on the Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP). You can find out more in our document on the immigration rules for non-EEA students.

Q: When can I apply for my visa?
A: As soon as you receive the official acceptance letter from American College Dublin. We will send this to you latest 1monthbefore the semester starts. You cannot apply for your visa with the initial acceptance letter from Asia Exchange.

Q: How can I find suitable accommodation options?
A: Read our accommodation guide for American College Dublin here.

Q: Should I book accommodation in advance or after arriving in Dublin?
A: It is completely up to you. Many of the cheapest places get booked in advance, but there are students who prefer checking the accommodation options in person after arrival.

Q: Which vaccinations do I need to take?
A: We recommend MMR, Tetanus-diphtheria and hepatitis A and B. You can ask your doctor for possible other recommendations for some routine vaccines before your trip.

Q: Can I bring prescription medicines to Dublin?
A: That shouldn’t be a problem if you bring the doctor’s prescription with the medicine. Some medicines can be very hard to find in Dublin even though there are plenty of pharmacies there might be some medicines that may not be available, then it’s important to also prepare.

Q: How are the hospitals in Dublin?
A: There are many international standard hospitals in Dublin. To name a few AeroMedevac Ireland, Ahsan Anaesthetist Ltd. and many more.

Q: Do I need to have travel insurance?
A: You are required to have valid accident and health insurance from your home country for the whole duration of the program. The university may request a copy of the insurance certificate at the beginning of the semester. See our recommended travel insurance providers.

In addition to tuition fees, you should be prepared to pay for the student visa, flights, accommodation, and other living costs and depending on each student’s lifestyle. For some, it can be an average cost of 1000€.

Q: I need to have my learning agreement/certificate of enrollment signed. What should I do?
A: Please fill out the document and send it to and we will forward it to American College Dublin for signing.

Q: When will I receive my Official Acceptance Letter?
A: The electronic official letter of acceptance will be delivered to you approximately 1.5 months before the semester starts. Please print it for your student visa application.

Q: When will I receive my Transcript of Records?|
A: The university prepares and sends the transcripts of records usually within 2 months after the end of the semester ends.

Q: Which other essential items should I bring with me from home?
A: Sunscreen, contact lenses, tampons, underwear, power bank, USB stick and dry shampoo.

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