DUBLIN: Institute of Public Administration (IPA)

Dublin, Ireland

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  • Fall Semester - Mid September - Mid December
  • Spring Semester - January-April

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - *Please note earlier deadline.* March 1
  • Spring Semester - October 1


Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (k.pruess@neu.edu)

Students spend a semester at the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) in Dublin. Students take three courses at the Institute while also interning in the Irish Parliament (the Dail). The internship provides an insiders perspective of the parliamentary system of government that would not be possible in the US. The program may include a weeklong field trip to the European continent to visit the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, and Paris, France. Students also visit Belfast. Trips may or may not be offered every semester.


Students will take the following courses for a total of 16 NU credits.

Topics in Literature (4 credits)
Irish History (4 credits)
Irish Society and Politics (4 credits)
Internship in Politics (4 credits)

Courses taken abroad may satisfy college and departmental core requirements. Students should consult with their advisor to discuss the specific requirements that may be satisfied abroad.

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Host University

IPA, a cross between Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and the Brookings Institute, acts as a center for teaching and research in public policy, politics, and economics.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 2.75¬†
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility

Application Procedure

    • Completed online OISP application

      Please submit the following directly to OISP:

    • 1 letter of recommendation from an employer or a professor
    • Official transcript
    • Photocopy of Passport ID Page
    • Current Resume
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Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $22,660

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($22,310), and International Security and Emergency Support ($350). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.


Students stay with families in the Dublin area. All meals included in the accommodation fee paid directly to IPA by the student. Homestays are confirmed upon arrival to Dublin.


Ireland is a small island on which you are never more than an hour's drive from the sea. It is actually two countries in one. The Republic of Ireland, with a population of 3.5 million, has been independent since 1921. It currently has the fastest growing economy in Europe. Dublin, the capital of the Republic, was founded by the Vikings thousands of years ago. It is a thriving modern city located on the eastern coast. You can explore ruined abbeys, medieval castles, bustling pedestrian shopping areas, museums, restaurants, and pubs.