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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

Ireland: Dublin





Estimated Dates:

Early January to mid-April
Program Focus:

General Culture


Minimum overall GPA of 2.75 is strongly recommended.                                             


Student Apartments

Campus Contact:

Kurt Fosso
Professor of English
, 503-768-7415

Program Design

In cooperation with the Foundation for International Education (FIE), Lewis and Clark offers a program of General Culture study in Ireland. Using Dublin as a base, students explore Ireland through the study of its history; literature; theater; and contemporary social, political and economic issues. In addition to study at the Dublin Business School, students participate in community service projects. Click here to watch a video showing some of the highlights of the program!

Onsite Staff: The resident director of FIE Dublin is Karl Dowling. A Dublin native, Karl studied and worked in Amsterdam before joining the FIE team in 2012. He has an MSc in Conflict Resolution and Governance from the University of Amsterdam and a BA in Politics and Economics from University College Dublin. Following his studies, Karl worked at Radio Netherlands’ International Justice Desk, where he wrote and reported on international criminal tribunals. Following this, he joined the Euranet project, where he produced and presented a daily European news, sports and culture show. His primary role as Resident Director is to guide students in their Dublin experience, acting as a point of contact and as a student resource, while managing aspects of program development and progression in Ireland. 


Requirements Fulfilled: This program fulfills the two-course international studies requirement. IS 243, 20th Century Art and Architecture, fulfills the creative arts general education requirement. Art majors may not use IS 243 to fulfill the Creative Arts General Education requirement.

Credits: 4 courses per semester / 16 credits


IS 264: Irish History Through Literature

This course studies a series of literary engagements with some key moments in modern Irish history and explores what they tell us about the past and the conditions of the moment in which the story was told.  Mixing literature with film and painting, the course outlines a narrative of the formation of modern Ireland, providing an opportunity to explore questions about the nature of history and its representation.

IS 265: Contemporary Irish Theater

The Irish theatre tradition is one of the most influential, successful and theatrically vibrant of modern times, and this course provides students with an opportunity to explore its contemporary condition both textually and in performance.  It will examine current trends in Irish dramatic writing, explore the traditions and methodologies of different Dublin theaters, familiarize students with the form and aesthetics of theatre review, and provide drama workshop experience.

IS 268: Irish Life & Cultures

Introduces the key features of Irish culture and society and the key currents underpinning social change in Ireland in the 21st century. The course begins with a profile of Irish society and a historical overview of its core features in the latter half of the 20th century and then moves on to examine continuity and change in some of the key categories of Irish society such as religion, culture, economy and politics via their encounter with modernity.

IS 267: Art & Architecture of Dublin

This interdisciplinary course introduces students to the art (and artists) and architecture of the city where they will live and study – Dublin. Dublin is immortalized in song, prose and poetry, and yet less is known of visual artists who create and created the streets, buildings and monuments of this great city. The course explores the influences, legacies and contexts in which these artists applied their craft to reflect the style, function, power and privilege of the eras in which they lived and worked.

Excursions: The program includes three group excursions. Students travel with local faculty to Western Ireland to explore ancient Irish culture, learn about traditional ways of living, and see diverse and lush landscapes along the western coast. The group also visits Northern Ireland (Belfast and Derry) to learn about the tumultuous political history of Ireland. Students gain context and perspective of contemporary Irish politics by visiting Parliament to understand the political structure of Northern Ireland, touring the city with local activists, and visiting important sites and monuments. This excursion allows students to learn about and remember the violence and pain that this region of Ireland in particular has experienced, while seeing firsthand how divided communities can come together with the mutual desire for peace. The final excursion is a theater workshop in Mullagh, Co. Cavan led by the group’s theater professor. This weekend workshop provides a special opportunity for the group to work with a local Irish theater group in a small Irish town outside of Dublin and put their academics studies in practice.  

Student Life

Housing: Students will live in apartment-style housing just south of the River Liffey. Each apartment has several bedrooms and a shared bathroom, kitchen, and living room. The building also has a common room, a study room, and a gym. Students will have the chance to connect with local students living in the same building.

Extracurricular Activities: As students at Dublin Business School, there are many opportunities to get involved in on-campus clubs, societies, and organizations. Follow this link to read a bit more about student life at DBS.


Fee Breakdown:

Overseas Program Fee (includes tuition, room & board, excursions, and supplemental health insurance): $31,112

Stipend: Students will receive a stipend to cover the cost of meals and transportation costs not covered by the program fee.

Estimated Airfare (Round Trip PDX to DUB): $800 - $1,500

Estimated Travel Document Fees: €300 - €350

Estimated Health Insurance Fee: $1,275.50*

*All students participating in overseas programs are automatically enrolled in iNext, a supplemental travel insurance program. The fee for iNext is covered in the program cost. However, students are also required to have comprehensive health insurance during their time abroad. All students participating in overseas programs, both abroad and domestic, are automatically enrolled in the College’s student health insurance program. Similar to a regular semester on-campus, students participating in overseas programs may waive enrollment in the student health insurance program if they have other comprehensive health insurance (e.g., through a parent, guardian or employer) that 1) provides coverage for them in the geographic region in which they will be studying and 2) includes mental health benefits. Click here for more information regarding Health Insurance Information & Overseas Programs.

Program Preparation

Application Process: This program has a dual application process. Student must first submit a Lewis & Clark Application one year before the start of the program. Once admitted by Lewis & Clark, the students will receive instructions for submitting their secondary application to FIE and will receive a separate notification letter of admission. Please keep a digital copy of your essays and other application materials as you will need to submit these similar materials to FIE. Please note that this secondary application process can take place as late as the semester preceding your scheduled participation.

The semester before the program, students who have been accepted will meet regularly for orientation. This orientation is meant to prepare the students for life in Dublin by exploring literature and culture, and provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the logistical details of the program.

For more information about the application process, click here.

Travel: Students usually fly into the Dublin airport, where they meet as a group and travel together to the orientation.  

Visa: Students will be required to apply for a visa in order to participate in this program. More information will be provided upon admission to the program.

Country-Specific Health Information: Click here to view specific health information for people traveling to Ireland.

State Department Country Information: Click here to visit the State Department’s Ireland page.

Ireland, Dublin

Blog Feed: Ireland

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  • April 17, 2017 at 1:23pm
    A simple video commemorating our Lewis & Clark group’s time in Dublin.  
  • November 29, 2016 at 4:51pm
  • March 24, 2015 at 12:09pm
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  • March 24, 2015 at 9:54am
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  • March 12, 2015 at 4:09pm
    Last month, we went to Mullagh in county Cavan for a theatre workshop. Most of us had no experience with theatre and I was incredibly nervous for the weekend. However, Liam, Catherine and Alice, who were leading the workshop, were immediately welcoming and excited to have us. After making introductions, we played some warm up […]
  • March 11, 2015 at 2:03am
    Let the festivities begin! (Of the Five Lamps Arts Festival that is, an inner-city Dublin organization that I have been lucky enough to work with for the past 8 weeks) After months of preparation, thousands of emails, dozens of interactions with artists, countless cups of tea, and the dedication of one unwavering woman at the […]
  • March 10, 2015 at 6:25am
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  • March 8, 2015 at 7:10am
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  • March 7, 2015 at 5:06am
    I think I may have fallen in love this Valentine’s Day.  Yes, I was lucky enough to get a visit from my girlfriend this past weekend, but it wasn’t her I fell in love with.  Nor was it the big strong rugged men I watched play rugby that Saturday afternoon.  No, it wasn’t any person […]


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