Dublin, Ireland

Advocating for Social Justice

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Program Overview
Develop your social justice advocacy skills to become the change maker you want to be!

Join other students like you who want to make a difference in their community and the world! From your home base in Dublin, investigate power and privilege and delve into the experience of diverse populations in Ireland. Alongside other Global Navigators, propose a social justice project and use it as inspiration to effect change back home.

Connect with local nonprofit organizations that provide care for marginalized groups, like the unhoused, addiction sufferers, and migrants. Step aboard a replica of the Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship and learn about Irish emigrants’ journey to America. Reflect on your own cultural background, identity, and social condition in your local community. 

Immerse yourself in Irish traditions, trying your hand at hurling, Gaelic football, and Irish football. Stroll Dublin's beautiful cobbled streets, cross Ha’Penny Bridge, and visit the Famine Memorial. On weekend excursions, discover the small Irish villages of Howth and Carlingford. Your experiences in Ireland will empower you to be an agent of change on the issues that matter to you now and into the future.

The Take-Aways

Real-World Experience

Explore diversity, inclusion, and social justice in Dublin. Apply intercultural understanding and skills to address power and privilege imbalances. Come home ready to advocate for social justice in your home community.

Credentials for Your Future

Topics for your college essays, experience to inform your future career, and a social justice project proposal.

Life Skills and New Friendships

Return with greater self-confidence, independence, and improved leadership skills. Enjoy a broader worldview and diverse friendships of different backgrounds from across the U.S.


Hours Of Expert Instruction


Weeks Pursuing Your Passion


Life-changing Experience

The Destination
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The Destination

Welcome to Dublin, a youthful and medieval city, home to advocates of change. 

Dublin, the eclectic and multicultural capital of Ireland, is located on the coast of the Irish Sea. Buzzing with youthful energy, over half of its population is under 25 years old! Since its origins as a Viking settlement, Dublin has attracted many industries. Today it’s considered one of Europe’s leading tech hubs. This has brought great wealth to the city, but it has also highlighted some important issues of inequality that many social change organizations are working hard to address. 

Dublin's past is beautifully preserved. The presence of stone castles and historic buildings transports you back to its medieval past. Dublin Castle, built in 1204, stands atop remnants from the Viking Age. Trinity College, established in 1592, is Ireland's oldest university and houses the Book of Kells, a famous manuscript from around the year 800.  

In Dublin, forward-thinking initiatives, a rich history, and a lively cultural scene, with a variety of art, music, and food, provide a window into the lives of a diverse population. 


CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Dublin. 

Daily Life

Daily Life


Each day offers a balance between interactive instruction and cultural activities with time on your own, too. Morning classes and afternoon activities may swap places. 

  • Breakfast at the dorms 
  • Hands-on classes with expert instructors and local advocates 
  • Lunch with your fellow Global Navigators 
  • Out and about for a cultural activity or workshop 
  • Dinner at the dorms 


  • Overnight or day excursions to top sites  
  • Quality time with friends 

Check out the blog posts to discover more about daily life and excursions on program. 


Dorms, shared room with other Global Navigators

24/7 Support

1 Program Leader for every 12 students and support from local staff

Weekly Learning Goals

Settle into Dublin. Begin exploring Irish society and culture and its impact on social justice. Support an NGO on activities related to their advocacy service. In groups, start your social justice Project.

Investigate the impact of changing demographics on Irish society. Explore how racial and ethnic prejudice contribute to social injustice. Expand knowledge of the Irish diaspora and rural Ireland.

Work on personal reflections and community profile. Gather additional information on your social justice project. With your group, present your project to a panel of judges.

Program Blogs


Exploring Ireland's History of Social Justice: A Journey to Kilmainham Gaol

By Matt Bisek at CIEE

As we wrap up the third week of our extraordinary educational journey through Ireland's rich history of social justice, we delve into a significant chapter of Irish history as we... keep reading


An Unforgettable Irish Adventure: Exploring Causey Farm

By Khalie Shields at CIEE

The students had their first day-trip in the captivating countryside of Ireland at Causey Farm, where they immersed themselves in the rich Irish culture, history, and traditions. From experiencing the... keep reading


A Journey Through the Jeanie Johnston Exhibit and EPIC Museum

By Matt Bisek at CIEE

At the midway point of the program, the students embark on an eye-opening journey through Ireland's rich history as we delve into two iconic sites in Dublin - the Jeanie... keep reading


Sample Activities

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Just imagine all the fun you’ll have!

  • Get inspired by the street art of the Liberties district, one of the city’s most historic working-class neighborhoods. 
  • Visit the Irish Emigration Museum and learn why 10 million people left Ireland and its impact on the world. 
  • Play Gaelic games and have a Scavenger Hunt in Phoenix Park, Europe’s largest urban park. 
  • At the GPO Museum, discover the events that lead to the Irish armed insurrection against British Rule known as the 1916 Easter Rising. 
  • Journey to the historic town of Carlingford, with its 12th century castle and glacial fjord on the border with Northern Ireland. Embrace Ireland's outdoor life!

Please note activities are based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when arranging activities is always to enhance your experience. 

What Students Are Saying

  • “I liked my teacher a lot and being able to hear everyone else’s perspectives on issues of social justice. I had such a great experience, learning so many things, culture, people, and I will never forget it.” 

    Katherine M., Global Navigator Alum

  • We had many lively and passionate discussions amongst ourselves in which diverse ideas were expressed.”

    Kaya Q., Global Navigator Alum

  • The Advocating for Social Change program allowed me to meet wonderful people and experience new and exciting opportunities. It allows for personal development and growth. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time.”

    Zarahi L., Global Navigator Alum

  • “I liked how we had open discussions, and everyone was able to share their ideas freely.”

    Norah L., Global Navigator Alum



  • Participants must be 14 years old and above.
  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check  scholarship page

For more information, refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria

Dates & Fees

Dates & Fees

Application Fee


Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. Find additional details about what’s included with your tuition.    

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Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Program Summer Session I 2024 3 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Costs $6,250
Program Summer Session II 2024 3 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Costs $6,250

What's Included

Interactive Classes


3 Meals/Day

(Dietary Needs Accommodated)

All Ground Transportation

(Once In-country)

Optional Flight Chaperone

(Flight Cost Not Included)

Pre-departure Advice and Orientation

Access to Local Phone and WIFI

All Cultural Activities and Excursions

Comprehensive Medical and Travel Protection

24/7 Emergency On-site Support

Our Staff

Our Staff

Enda O’Connell

Center Director

Enda is responsible for overall management of CIEE Dublin. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Primary Education Teaching from Dublin City University and the equivalent of a Master’s degree in...

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