Why Pre-College in
CET partners with CAPA—a learning abroad provider with a long-established education center in Dublin—to offer a well-rounded program focused on the globalization of Dublin over time. Enroll in a core course that embraces the city as your classroom, study conversational Irish, and enjoy regional travel as you take on a memorable summer that primes you for college living.
Coursework & Syllabi
Your core course focuses on studying Ireland in historical and modern contexts, while your conversational Irish class gives you a crash course in the language you need for daily life in Dublin.
This interdisciplinary core course focuses on the physical, socioeconomic, political, and cultural development of Dublin through space and time. You examine ancient Ireland’s influence of over education and religion, retrace the Viking city through to modern day, and explore the driving forces behind Dublin’s overall development. Your in-class studies are complemented by field-based learning that focuses on experiential learning around Dublin.
- GLBS 136 Analyzing and Exploring the Global City: Dublin
3 credits | 45 credits
This 1-credit course provides a basic introduction to the Irish language and is more of a “Survival Irish” course. It is not expected to replace any level of college-level Irish, rather it is meant to give students a taste of the language and hopefully ignite interest in future language study. This course will stick to basics, but also include some vocabulary words that are relevant to the core course.
- LANG 105 Beginning Conversational Irish
1 credit | 15 hours
Zoom out to not only learn about Dublin, but also how the city fits into global history and where it stands today. With a unique interdisciplinary approach, you spend your mornings in class developing your understanding of Irish history, politics, and society and take on field-based assignments that link reality with your readings each afternoon. And on weekends, you enjoy cultural activities, day trips, and events around the city that help round out your learning.
Learning Around Dublin
Explore concepts from the classroom in the real world. Each summer is different, but you might:
You share a furnished room in a student guesthouse with other CET students. A group leader or resident advisor lives in the same building and plans regular activities and outings for you and your peers. Your housing is in a quiet neighborhood that has everything you could need within walking distance—grab a snack at a corner store, buy ingredients to cook dinner from the local grocer, or even just stretch your legs at a nearby park. And then enjoy an easy and quick commute to Griffith College, where your classes are held.
Experience Campus Life
Learning to share a space with new people and live without the comforts of home is a big adjustment. And on top of tackling college coursework, a foreign culture, and a new language…you’re in for a summer of learning. But with round-the-clock support from on-site staff and your new community abroad, you’ll go home ready to take on any challenge that comes your way.
Eating in Dublin
Start your days off with breakfast at the student guesthouse. For lunch, you receive a stipend to eat out in small groups at restaurants near Griffith College after your morning classes. And have dinners as a cohort with the group leader, venture out in groups within the designated area of the neighborhood, or cook dinner together at home after picking up ingredients at the grocery store.
With over 1000 years of history, Ireland’s capital city is small but mighty. Sitting at the mouth of the River Liffey, Dublin is a welcoming city, known for its friendly locals and biting humor. Explore Dublin Castle, the former seat of British rule in Ireland. Marvel at the seemingly endless collection of literature at Trinity College, then go for a stroll in St. Stephen’s Green. A city like Dublin deserves to be explored.
Out and About
See uniquely Irish sports in action by catching a hurling or gaelic football game. Learn about Bram Stoker, famed author of Dracula, during a frightening tour at his namesake museum. Roam the historic area surrounding Temple Bar with classmates. Every summer the program offers different activities that let you get to know Dublin, the local culture, and your classmates.
Away from the City
Pack your bags for weekend as you and your group enjoy a weekend of program-sponsored travel to explore Northern Ireland. Concepts from your core course come to life as faculty guide your exploration of Belfast and Giant’s Causeway, and lead reflective discussions on your local observations.
2020 Summer Fees
2020 Summer Fees: $6,190
All of your classes and course materials are included with your tuition.
All of your meals are included with your program fees. For off-campus meals, we provide you with a food stipend.
We arrange for you to live with other CET students in a guesthouse. On-site staff live in the same building for round-the-clock support.
We are your support network. From pre-departure questions to academic support to emergency management, we’ve got your back.
You’re provided with a comprehensive insurance plan through GeoBlue. It even includes evacuation coverage for individual medical emergencies.
The activities and excursions that we arrange are included in your program fee. All you need to do is remember to bring your camera!
You receive an official transcript from Dickinson College at the end of the program… the icing on the cake for your college applications.
For CET high school and pre-college programs, you must:
- Be between ages 15-18
- Be a rising junior or senior in high school, or a recent graduate not yet enrolled in a college or university degree program
Competitive applicants are motivated high school students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. However, admission decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, so students with lower GPAs are still encouraged to apply.
Complete the application through your online CET account. This is a brief form that asks for basic information and has a few short answer questions about why you want to study abroad.
Your online CET account has specific instructions for submitting an official transcript.
Use the link in your online account to send a recommendation request to one of your current or previous instructors.
Questions? Get in touch!
Price Subject to Change:
CET reserves the right to increase quoted charges at any time without prior notification, based on increased instruction costs, exchange rate fluctuation or other cost increases beyond CET’s control.