IES-Dublin: Writers Program

Program Details

Program Location Dublin, Ireland
Sponsor IES
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 33008
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring 2025 01/12/25 to 04/26/25
Fall 2024 09/01/24 to 12/14/24
Past Dates
Spring 2024 01/14/24 to 04/27/24
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IES-Dublin: Writers Program

Writers in Ireland have used words and images to inspire, inform, persuade, and entertain for centuries—think W.B. Yeats’ celebrated lines, James Joyce’s “universal city” in Ulysses, the stage of the Abbey Theatre, and the blogs of The Irish Times. Through study of contemporary Irish authors, as well as those of the past, this program is designed to inspire and challenge writers to elevate their skills to the next level.

Whether you approach writing as a future vocation or as a creative outlet, our courses help you discover and explore your voice and hone your craft. From short story writing and visual narratives to poetry, non-fiction, and playwriting, our courses cover a wide variety of styles and genres.

Customize your course schedule with area studies courses from our Irish Studies program or a writing-focused part-time internship or community-based learning placement at no additional cost. What's more, each semester, students compile an anthology of creative works. You have the option to help create the anthology through the course Homespun Sails.

Attend our four-day Writers Retreat where you focus exclusively on your writing in an environment conducive to reflection, renewal, and inquiry. The retreat takes place at an undisclosed location, revealed to you just before you embark. Though designed for independent work, the retreat also includes workshopping opportunities, site visits, and guest speakers.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:IES.


IES-Dublin: Writers Program

The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

You enroll in 15-19 credits per semester. Academic programming is scheduled five days a week.
  • Writers Program courses (optional, 3 credits each)
  • Courses from our Irish Studies Program (optional, 3 credits each)
  • Internship placement and seminar (optional, 3 credits)
  • Community-Based Learning placement and seminar (optional, 3 credits)
With course offerings like Irish Communal Identity, Irish Playwriting, Photo/Graphic: Shaping Visual Narratives, The Shadows We Cast: Writing the Irish Short Story and Write Here, Write Now: An Introduction to Immersion Writing among others - you can grow in your writing an explore Irish culture to learn more about where you're living.
For more information on available courses, please see the IES website.


Included in the program is a 4-day Writers Retreat - a journey to a secret destination to focus exclusively on your writing in an environment conducive to reflection, renewal, and inquiry.

IES Abroad also arranges other field trips, partially subsidized by IES. Destinations may vary, but possible locations include Northern Ireland, and a day-trip that students get to vote on.

In addition, course-related trips will complement your academic studies and you may visit local museums, historical buildings, theaters, or other sites of interest.


Student housing is arranged by IES and you will live in a residence hall. Each student will have their own bedroom and bathroom, and share living space and kitchen with others in the apartment-style residence hall. No meals are included.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Program Fee includes tuition, orientation, group activities and the Writers Retreat trip.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2024

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $13,945.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.10
Housing $4,800.00
Insurance $245.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students - $1,000.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,400.00
Local Transportation $240.00
Visa $330.00
Books and Supplies $100.00
Meals $2,400.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $1,900.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

IES-Dublin: Writers Program

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email