Global Cities


Go Beyond!

Experience Dublin like the locals do.

Dublin is an energetic, charming, and culturally rich Global City. With one in every eight residents being foreign born, Dublin is very much a multicultural hub. You can find foods from around the globe and take part in annual international celebrations such as the Festival of World Cultures and Chinese New Year.

This immersive study abroad program gives you insight into the significant ways in which Dublin has been imagined, reinvented, and transformed by globalization. Courses are offered in a broad range of departments, which cover a wide variety of majors. Earn 12-18 credits.

Arrival: February 15, 2021
Departure: June 16, 2021
Program Fee: $16,995
Application Deadline December 15, 2020
All prices, dates, and deadlines are subject to change.

The Dublin Experience



Explore the diversity of cosmopolitan Dublin with our My Global City events: Tour medieval castles, celebrate the “dark side” at the Bram Stoker festival or check out “Googletown”.


Live like a Dubliner and stay in a shared apartment or opt for a homestay. Plus, CAPA offers students Health & Wellness support.


The semester program includes CAPA-led courses and courses offered by Griffith College in a wide range of subjects. You can choose to follow one of CAPA’s tracks in Creative Arts; Exploring the Media; Human Rights, Crime and Journalism; Globalization and International Trends in Business and Society or enroll in courses specific to your major or areas of interest.


During your internship, you'll acquire useful professional skills for your future career, enhance your classroom experience, connect with locals, and improve your resume. Learn More

CAPA Dublin Program Inclusions


CAPA program fees are comprehensive and include tuition, housing, excursions, My Global City events and activities, 24/7 emergency support, insurance, and more!

Courses & Credit

Earn 12-18 credits per semester (courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted; internships are 3-6 credits). Credits are issued by State University of New York (SUNY) Oswego.


You can opt to live in residential student housing or a homestay (with your own room and two meals a day), all within commuting distance to the CAPA center.

Local Transit Pass

A Dublin city bus pass is included.

Excursions & Activities

Experience full-day excursions to Belfast and the stunning Cliffs of Moher, as well as a Dublin city bus tour.  Social events and program activities include an arrival reception, mid-term dinner, a farewell ceremony, and a guided tour of Dublin street art. 

Intern & Volunteer

Participate in an internship opportunity, earn 3-6 credits through the accompanying course, and gain valuable skills. 

My Global City

A guided visit to Croke Park—a national sports and cultural stadium—takes place the first weekend. Other activities reflect what is on in the city at the time and may include a tour of “Googletown” in the Docklands, exploring some of the country’s beautiful medieval castles, or joining in on the fun at the many film, food, and cultural festivals that take place each year.

Comprehensive, 24/7 Support

CAPA provides comprehensive support services for students to utilize during their time in Dublin. The team is available throughout the duration of the program to assist and support students 24/7 with any emergency situations. Students will also have access to the Guardian study abroad safety app which includes emergency assistance and other support resources.



As a student on our program, you’ll receive our medical, travel, and accident insurance.

Safety, Health & Wellness 

CAPA is committed to the health and wellness of our students while they are studying abroad in Dublin. We maintain a comprehensive health and safety plan to ensure a safe and productive learning experience, and provide a variety of health and wellness tools and resources.


Spring Courses

Advanced Financial Management  

Designed to follow the Financial Management course, this course will introduce the strategic aspects of finance. Students will explore such topics as the impact of risk on an organization and its various management techniques, calculation of the cost of capital, corporate reorganization, corporate governance, and the global financial environment; and develop an understanding of how to evaluate complex investment appraisal situations, analyze a company’s performance, and make appropriate financial recommendations.



Analyzing and Exploring the Global City: Dublin  

This course will introduce the impact of globalization on Dublin. Before exploring the city chronologically, students will examine ancient Ireland’s global influence, then re-trace the Viking City through to its current form, which is characterized by urban sprawl, multiculturalism, and its connection to Europe and the global economy; contextualize and develop informed interpretations of their personal experiences in Dublin; and develop a deeper understanding of Irish history, politics, and society.



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Audit and Assurance  

This course will focus on the local and regulatory environment of the assurance engagement and the professional and ethical considerations for the assurance provider. Students will identify, analyze, and conclude on an assurance engagement in the context of best practice, including evaluating the nature, purpose, and scope of the legal, regulatory, and ethical framework for auditing; identifying and applying the procedures required to evaluate risk control; and devising an overall audit strategy.



Business Information Systems  

This course will focus on the needs of industry for software engineers with skills and abilities to communicate within and outside of a peer group. Students will develop an understanding of the concept of computerized information systems, requiring recognition of people, processes, and procedures, as well as hardware and software; gain an appreciation of the need to manage people and financial resources within an information systems project; and explore the topic of information technology funding.



Business Information Systems  

This course will focus on the needs of industry for software engineers with skills and abilities to communicate within and outside of a peer group. Students will develop an understanding of the concept of computerized information systems, requiring recognition of people, processes, and procedures, as well as hardware and software; gain an appreciation of the need to manage people and financial resources within an information systems project; and explore the topic of information technology funding.



Commercial Photography  

This course is designed to follow Year 2 Advanced Photo and Visual Communication. Students will develop key skills that are a fundamental part of working with any image-forming team as well as running and conducting a photography business, including specific legal issues and responsibilities, correcting technical difficulties, and instigating and following a design brief; and have an opportunity to extend and specialize skills and experience with a free brief element to the course.



Conference and Events Management  

This course will focus on international conference and events management. Students will develop an understanding of the complexity and wide-ranging scope, role, and purpose served by these events; examine management systems and processes; and explore the design and planning stages, including management of resources, budgets, and time, as well as the economic, social, and environmental impact of international events on host communities. Students will also analyze the role of sponsorship, public relations, and new multimedia technology used in marketing international events.



Conflict Reporting  

This course will explore the role of media in covering both recent and historical conflicts. Students will critically evaluate media coverage of conflicts; develop an awareness of the difficulties facing journalists attempting to report conflicts in an objective manner; apply ethical standards to their analysis; and demonstrate an awareness of its crucial function in contemporary democratic societies.



Contemporary Issues in Hospitality  

This course will explore contemporary issues within the overall global tourism and hospitality sector. Students will examine such topics as health and wellness tourism; the impact of dynamic forces or developments on a business or destination; crisis prevention, prediction, and management; and sustainability in tourism and hospitality. Students will also investigate how the tourism sector is responding to such contemporary issues, and identify opportunities and challenges that these issues may present.



Corporate Finance  

This course will examine how entities acquire resources and allocate them among present and future activities and projects. Students will develop knowledge and skills expected of a finance manager in relation to finding and allocating capital to increase the wealth of a firm’s shareholders; critically assess the impact of the economic environment on financial management and the exposure of a company to financial risk; understand the techniques required to manage this risk; and evaluate complex investment appraisal situations.



Creative Writing  

This course will examine the nature of creativity and the complimentary process of structuring, editing, and presenting work in a wide variety of media and genres. Students will develop an understanding of the principle elements of dramatic narrative: conflict, character, contrast, movement, theme, dialog, description, and narration. With an emphasis on fashioning vibrant, individual writing styles, students will have the flexibility to focus on evolving skills in an area best suited to their talents and interests by exploring prose, film, theater, or poetry, in categories of comedy, romance, fantasy, film-noir, comedy, or children’s writing.



Data Structures and Algorithms  

This course is designed to follow Object-Oriented Programming. Students will explore standard data structures: stacks, queues, sets, bags, and maps; and implement these using both linear (linked lists, arrays) and nonlinear (binary search trees, avl trees, B-trees) data structures; develop software engineering skills; and apply these to the design and implementation of software components, choosing appropriate structures that provide efficient data models for the problem at hand.



Digital Marketing  

This course will examine the role and importance of digital marketing in today’s rapidly changing business environment. Students will develop an understanding of key elements of a digital marketing strategy and the planning involved in its implementation; focus on how digital marketing can best be utilized by organizations; and be able to illustrate how the effectiveness of a digital marketing campaign is measured. Students will gain advanced practical skills and knowledge of common digital marketing tools and techniques.



Employment Law  

This course will introduce the concept of employment law, its origins, and its social and economic influences. Students will examine the implications of current employment law practices in the light of recent court decisions, and gain the ability to assess the current influences of the European Union on Irish law. This course is available during evenings only. A complete syllabus will be available soon.


Enterprise and Innovation  

This is an advanced business course aimed at entrepreneurial-minded students. Students will acquire a set of generic, transferable enterprise skills that will enable them to succeed in a changing business environment; be supported and encouraged in their creation and generation of business opportunities; and develop entrepreneurial behavior that will encompass such activities as brainstorming ideas, seeking solutions to problems, establishing, managing, and growing a new or existing venture in a challenging international business, and presenting and defending their ideas.



Finance and Revenue Management for Hospitality Managers  

This course will introduce financial management and its application in practice. Students will focus on critical elements of decision making for organizations, including investment decisions, sources of finance, management of working capital, and performance appraisal; explore the practical application of theory to the leisure environment, with the goal that their academic studies will be able to inform their own practice in the future; and develop an appreciation of the linkages between finance and globalization.



Global Internship Course (3 credits)  

The Global Internship Course is designed to be completed alongside an internship placement, allowing students to earn academic credit. Students will attend weekly, discussion-led sessions that include educational support and mentoring in a classroom environment; develop personal and professional skills; learn to contextualize their internship experience socially and culturally; and employ the use of Globally Networked Learning technology to conduct a comparative global analysis in collaboration with other CAPA students. At times, this analysis will be facilitated through CAPA Masterclasses led by professionals in a diverse range of fields.



Global Internship Course (6 credits)  

The Global Internship Course is designed to be completed alongside an internship placement, allowing students to earn academic credit. Students will attend weekly, discussion-led sessions that include educational support and mentoring in a classroom environment; develop personal and professional skills; learn to contextualize their internship experience socially and culturally; and employ the use of Globally Networked Learning technology to conduct a comparative global analysis in collaboration with other CAPA students. At times, this analysis will be facilitated through CAPA Masterclasses led by professionals in a diverse range of fields.



History of Art and Photography  

This course will explore the history of photography and art, with a focus on the relationship of photography within the visual arts, including film. Students will critically evaluate the interrelationship of the visual arts and contextualize their own work within the broader canvas of contemporary lens-based art forms by different social and environmental factors; and acquire knowledge, perspectives, and an understanding of concepts relevant to future media related employment.



History of the Media  

This course will analyze key events and epochs in the history and evolution of human communication. Students will explore the impact of changes in communication from the earliest known forms of media through to the invention of the printing press, the emergence of a literate reading public, the development of newspapers, the inventions of radio, film, and television, and into the digital age. Students will also investigate the common conditions behind each successful form of media.



Human Resource Management  

This course will introduce legal obligations and main areas that employers should attend to with regard to the employment and management of people. Students will examine processes, practices, and procedures associated with human resource management and administration; discuss the evolution of this role and current best practices; and develop an understanding of the key skills required in human resource management, including recruitment and selection of staff, training and development, and management of performance and rewards.



Information Technology Skills  

This course will outline the role and importance of IT and IS processes in business, and investigate how they can be effectively utilized to benefit an organization. Students will acquire knowledge of general IT concepts and their application in the business world; develop advanced practical IT skills essential in the modern business environment; and examine such topics as the relationship between IT and business, information systems security, the internet, databases, and Microsoft Office applications.



International Business Environment  

This course will focus on the nature and importance of international, political, economic, socio-cultural, technological, legal, and environmental factors that play a role in business. Students will consolidate their understanding of the dynamic and competitive environment in which international businesses operate today, through an exploration of these topics, an understanding of theories and practices of international business, and insight into global, multinational, and international business strategies, including those of a multi-country context.



International Financial Reporting  

This course will build on basic financial accounting techniques, theories, principles, and concepts, including the understanding of the conceptual and regulatory framework for financial reporting. Students will apply this advanced knowledge to preparing, analyzing, and interpreting financial reports in a practical context; presenting on these to a variety of stakeholders; and develop an understanding of standards set by the International Accounting Standards Board.



International Marketing  

This course will explore the topic of international marketing at an advanced level. Students will develop and enhance their skills in analysis, evaluation, and management of products and services from an international perspective; evaluate the challenges that arise within the dynamic and complex environments faced by international marketers today; reflect on the international marketing strategies of multinational and indigenous companies; and prepare an international marketing plan that demonstrates appropriate strategies for market selection, market entry, and marketing program design.



Introduction to Photography  

This course will introduce the fundamentals of photography, including understanding the camera, the picture making process, and digital imagery. Students will analyze the significance of the photographic image and its relationship to text within the world of journalism and the media, both past and present; and develop basic skills in technical and aesthetic aspects of photography, including Photoshop’s tools for resolution, formatting, image capture, and image manipulation. This is a competitive course with only 10 places available.



Investigative Journalism 2  

This course will explore advanced investigative journalistic skills of research conception, relevance, planning, and implementation, all of which are transferable to a wide variety of employment possibilities. Students will deliver on-time, self-directed, peer-reviewed, lecture-facilitated, professional quality, investigative-based journalism; develop an advanced understanding, from both an historical and contemporary perspective, of the important role investigative journalism plays in nurturing and maintaining democratic societies; and acquire an awareness of the social demand and economic viability of investigative journalism.



Irish History and Culture  

This course will focus on Irish history, from prehistory to the early 21st century. Students will explore how the Irish Question (up to and including recent troubles and the peace process in the North, and the collapse of the Celtic Tiger economy in the South) has found artistic expression in film, theatre, visual arts, and music. Students will also consider the use of evidence in the construction of the distinct, but overlapping, categories of history, memory, commemoration, and propaganda.



Irish Language and Culture: Leargas  

Leargas is the Irish word for insight. This course will explore Irish culture through the lens of Irish language. Students will learn basic Irish language skills; develop an awareness of areas of Irish culture and society that foster and promote the language; examine the role of Irish language in past and present cultural movements and trends; and assess the broader application of the language in Irish society. Students will be given firsthand opportunities to familiarize themselves with traditional Irish instruments, song, dance, folklore, and sports.



Language and Identity  

This course will reflect on the essentiality of language and its role in forming human identity. Through collaborative and comparative learning processes, students will broaden their understanding of how language and identity intertwine and interconnect across different spaces, times, and environments; and examine how language intervenes in identity building at various levels. This course is a CAPA fully Globally Networked Learning course—the first of its kind and an unprecedented enterprise in study abroad.



  • Globally Networked Learning
Legal Aspects of Business  

This course will introduce the Irish legal system as it affects business operation. Students will discuss aspects of European law beyond Irish law; develop an understanding of how to apply the law within business structures; gain comprehensive knowledge of important aspects of law which affect businesses in operation in Ireland and the European Union; and examine such topics as contract law, law of tort, consumer law, employment law, company law, and an introduction to EU law.



Linear Algebra  

This course will explore areas of discrete mathematics that are relevant to the study of computing. Students will build upon work covered in first year foundational courses; gain confidence in defining various mathematical structures and performing operations on them; learn how to represent graphs in computer language programming; and develop knowledge and skills related to relational databases and formal specifications (sets, relations, and functions), graphics (vectors and matrices), telecommunications (matrices), and concurrent programming (matrices).




This course will introduce the macroeconomic environment and principles underlying macroeconomic policies and government strategies. Students will develop an understanding of the objectives of government macroeconomic policy; measure national income and rates of employment and inflation; construct the aggregate demand and aggregate supply model of the macro economy; and explore such topics as the determination of national income and the role of fiscal policy, money and banking, monetary policy, balance of payments and exchange rates, and international trade.



Management Accounting  

This course will explore different costing systems and techniques used to assist management in the decision making process. Students will develop an understanding of management accounting systems and procedures; apply a variety of costing techniques to a range of practical business situations; investigate new management accounting techniques; assess the performance of a business from both financial and non-financial perspectives; and analyze management accounting information to apply to a wide range of planning, control, and decision situations.



Management Practice  

This course will explore a range of business concepts and management in practice. Students will examine topics which affect all businesses such as human resources; diversity; the context, limits, and possibilities of marketing; the importance of corporate social responsibility and ethics; finance; theories of motivation; approaches to work structuring; and leadership. Students will also analyze other environmental factors that influence business decisions and develop an understanding of the role of management as providers.



Market Research Practice  

This course will focus on the importance of market research within organizations, emphasizing the role of market information in decision making. Students will develop an understanding of central concepts of market research, including relevant ethical standards; learn how to use research to solve problems a company may face, or seek new opportunities; design basic data collection tools; explore available methods of conducting research; carry out market research activity using appropriate tools and methods; and clearly display research findings.



Marketing Management and Research  

This course will investigate strategic issues in marketing and market research and their implications on management decision making. Students will develop an understanding of the main tasks associated with marketing management and the underlying concepts of market research, such as market segmentation, targeting, and positioning; examine important changes introduced through new technologies and international trends; learn how to assess the effectiveness and performance of a marketing strategy; and practically apply market research skills.



Media Law and Ethics  

This course will introduce the principles and rules of media law, including regulation of media rights, limitations of media rights, and regulation of broadcasting and press. Students will learn how to solve complex media law questions; develop a political, philosophical, and technical understanding of the fundamental principles of media law; explore the challenges posed to traditional media law concepts by the development of new media; and research, interpret, and apply the legal rules and principles of media law.



Media Research and Cultural Studies  

This course will introduce traditional and contemporary cultural theories and theorists. Students will acquire knowledge of the history and development of cultural studies; examine the ways in which culture impacts our identities; engage in contemporary cultural debates on modernity and post-modernity; explore the role of advertising in society; investigate how technology affects our relationships; and use academic research in conjunction with original ideas and contemporary cultural theories to analyze contemporary cultural issues, including in film and television.



Media Studies  

This course will explore a variety of media forms. Students will acquire analytical skills; develop an understanding of the reasons why media has such a strong influence on wider society; critique movements in film and television dramas and contemporary documentaries; and investigate the ways in which societies make sense of and interpret these, with an emphasis on ideology, content, and form. Topics will include reality television; radical, reactionary, and resistance media; whistleblowers; and the power of satirical comedy.



Online Journalism  

This course will introduce the techniques and skills of journalists operating in a connected environment. Students will apply these in an integrated manner across media formats and platforms; reflect on the vitality of the web; make sense of a transforming industry; identify and evaluate trends and opportunities in online media; confidently lead a team in the production of web-based content; and acquire technical skills to plan, construct, and develop online media artefacts in a professional manner.



Operating System Design  

This course will focus on concepts involved in the design of an operating system, its complexity, and requirements. Students will acquire practical knowledge as they develop an understanding of fundamental algorithms, multiprocessing and distributed operating systems, and the concept of currency in an operating system; analyze issues of resource management and the role of operating systems in non-traditional environments; compare the interface, functionality and suitability of different operating systems; and manipulate an operating system using systems programming.



Principles of Economics  

This course will introduce fundamentals of microeconomics and macroeconomics. Students will develop an understanding of the principle theories and models used by economists; examine how economics can be used by individuals and businesses to assess problems and develop solutions; explore the wider macroeconomic environment; and gain knowledge of the principles underlying monetary and fiscal policy. Students will calculate and interpret various economic parameters; debate topical economic problems; show how competitive structures influence a firm’s behavior; and apply economic analysis to everyday problems.



Project Management  

This course will examine the subject of project management. Students will assess the importance of identifying, assessing, controlling, and managing projects in a business context; develop an appreciation of project management best practice; create a project plan for a scenario that includes key tasks, a critical path, dependencies, and realistic timeframes; apply various tools and techniques to initiate, plan, and evaluate a project; and explore the relationship between project management, technology, and strategy.



Public Relations  

This course will introduce concepts of communication and persuasion theories undermining public relations. Students will examine public relations history, roles, categories, ethical and professional standards, and the generation of strategic and tactical plans; investigate the role that media content creators play within the public relations environment; develop an understanding of the services provided by public relations professionals, and the complex, symbiotic relationship between public relations and the media; and be able to contribute significantly to the creation of a public relations plan.



Radio Production  

This course will focus on contemporary in-studio and online radio technology and software. Students will develop knowledge of essential tools and skills required to enter the field of radio journalism. Using radio equipment and software, students will produce programs and news bulletins to commercial industry standards; research, prepare, edit, and record audio content to commercial broadcast industry standards; and acquire a journalistic understanding of news, sports, arts, light entertainment, and current affairs coverage.



Research Methods  

This course will examine research methods, theories, and concepts that have been used by media outlets, reported on by media organizations, and applied to media content. Students will develop an understanding of the design of questionnaires, quantitative content analysis, interviewing (with specific focus on social research), focus groups, and observation methods; acquire skills in the research process, including planning, data collection, and analysis; explore the importance of ethics in research; and explore the role and responsibilities of the researcher as distinct from a journalist.



Rooms Division Management  

This course will focus on key principles of rooms division management within the dynamic international hospitality industry. Students will develop an understanding of the operational and management sides of this department by exploring such topics as the structure of the hotel industry; the role of the front office department and rooms division manager; the reservations process, including forecasting availability and overbooking, and global reservations technologies; guest services and rate structures; and the hotel revenue cycle.



Server-side Web Development  

This course will introduce the fundamentals behind server-side web development. Students will develop an understanding of the core concepts behind dynamic, database-driven web development through server-side scripting and database integration; learn how to design and build web applications that deliver database information through server-side HTML processing; and gain practical experience of developing dynamic websites using these technologies. Students will also build confidence in recognizing security issues in web development, and suggest and implement best practice solutions.



Sports Journalism  

This course will focus on the field of sports journalism. Students will develop knowledge of the essential tools required to enter the field of sports journalism, applicable across all areas of the sports media; enhance skills relevant to sports journalism, such as near instantaneous reporting, interviewing, bulletin compiling, and feature writing, as well as other transferable journalistic skills; and write material to an advanced professional standard, ready for broadcast, print, and electronic publication.



Systems Software  

This course will examine computer software, and system software in particular. Students will develop a broadly based and intellectually challenging framework in system software, and low-level programming languages, such as assembly language; investigate current technologies, literature, and research in the area; and cultivate an understanding of how the insights and practice from system software and assembly language programming contribute to the current state of the art in the wider computer science landscape.



The Law of Evidence  

This course will explore the principles and rules underpinning the law of evidence. Students will analyze and discuss categories of evidence where corroboration may be an issue; develop an understanding of the rationale behind the exclusion of improperly obtained evidence; appraise and apply the relevant rules of evidence; identify potential reforms in the law of evidence; and communicate effectively in relation to the law of evidence. This course runs during evenings only.



Video Production  

This is a project-led, hands-on, practical course. Students will develop creative and technical production abilities based on industry practice—including specialized knowledge of the use of video production equipment—by originating, researching, filming, editing, and delivering several short films to a schedule. Students will work independently on several documentaries of one minute duration, and collaboratively as part of creative and logistical production teams in order to bring several group documentary projects of around five minutes in duration through the various stages of pre-production, production/filming, and post-production.



Web Design  

This course will explore the topic of website design. Students will develop an understanding of the workflow of a web designer; acquire practical production skills required to create and maintain a quality website; analyze existing media in order to improve visual communication skills; examine the role of technology as part of the communication process; investigate issues surrounding the creation of websites; improve their awareness of the importance of content accessibility; and successfully implement interactive elements into website design.



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