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Program Description


CAPA Shanghai

   Quick Facts

  • Take classes at Griffith College and learn among other local and international students in the bustling, lively city of Dublin!
  • Complement your studies with excursions to Belfast and the Cliffs of Moher!
  • Internship opportunities available in a wide range of fields!


CAPA Shanghai - ECNU

CAPA Shanghai - ECNU

Location Details

Busy, bustling Dublin heaves with a millennia’s worth of stories to be told, set against the soundscape of a thousand bands. Dublin has the feel of a village while it offers a wealth of different attractions to which many visitors and international students are drawn to every year. The charm of the city lies in its warm friendliness and making you feel at home as soon as you arrive.

Ireland’s capital is easy to get around and offers a variety of cultural activities to keep you busy including historical and literary tours, as well as some of the most exciting restaurants, bars, cafes and night clubs in Europe. Dublin is also well known for its outstanding playwrights, actors and theatre in general. The Abbey Theatre, Ireland’s national theatre, offers a tradition of Irish and international theatre, which is unrivalled in the world. Throughout the year, Dublin also hosts a variety of events to suit all tastes and genres: from outdoor festivals and art exhibitions, to special exhibitions and cultural activities. 

The CAPA Dublin Program is based at Griffith College, with fully equipped classrooms, computer labs, library access, an on-campus cafeteria, gym and wireless internet throughout campus. Students on the CAPA Dublin Program can also access the Griffith College Student Union, which allows you to actively take part in clubs and societies, and go on subsidized excursions throughout Ireland and other European countries. The Griffith College campus is well served by public transportation, providing easy access to all parts of the city.


Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* in order to participate in this program. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas.  If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.


Academic Program & Courses

Spring and Fall Offerings

All CAPA students receive full credit for courses and internships completed. Each contextual course earns 3 credits. The internship option, including the Global Internship course, earns 3 credits or 6 credits. 

Please note for internships:

  • Must have at least a 2.80 GPA 
  • Should ideally have second semester sophomore standing at time of internship

All students will take at least two courses at Griffith College, alongside other Irish and international students. Students can take up to five Griffith courses.  The courses at Griffith College are organized within four tracks or themes. Students will be able to choose courses across these tracks subject to timetabling, pre-requisites, and availability. A course developed by Griffith faculty, Irish History and Culture: The Evolution of the Irish Nation, is also highly recommended.

The tracks are:

  • The Creative Arts: Courses in Creative Writing, Photography, Film Studies, History of Art, Media Research and Cultural Studies, Photojournalism, Print Media, and Radio
  • Exploring the Media: Courses in Reporting & Feature Writing, Radio Journalism, Media Marketing, Investigative Journalism, History of the Media, Conflict Reporting, Newspaper Production, Contemporary Society TV and Sports Journalism and the Sociology of the Media.
  • Human Rights, Crime and Journalism: Courses in Understanding Society, Investigative Journalism, Criminal Law, Conflict Reporting, Human Rights Law, and Photojournalism.
  • Globalization and International Trends in Business and Society: Courses in International Marketing, International Business Management, Media Marketing, Strategic Management, Modern and Contemporary Society, Tourism Studies, Strategic Financial Management, and International Human Resource Management

During the Fall and Spring terms, students may also enroll in other courses listed within the Griffith College course catalogue.

CAPA Shanghai - ECNU

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Program Housing

While you are in Dublin, you’ll have two different housing options:

Student Apartments/Dorms

Semester students will live in the Griffith apartment style dormitories, consisting of two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a shared kitchen/living room. 4 students will occupy each apartment. The space within these is likely to be quite a bit smaller than you are accustomed in the United States. The set up within apartments during the summer will be quite similar, although the number of bedrooms per apartment might vary more.


Students can also opt to live in an Irish homestays. Most homestays are located a further distance from the city and in more suburban areas. Students will have single rooms and breakfast and dinner will be provided daily. Internet access is not guaranteed within the homestay.

CAPA will provide specific information about your housing approximately two weeks prior to departure. 

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Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Ireland, older city sections and more rural towns are less accessible due to centuries-old architecture. This includes cobblestone streets, narrow staircase entryways, and small indoor spaces.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact Student Accessibility and Inclusive Learning Services and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.  

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

Partnership program participants will NOT pay ASU tuition for the courses completed abroad. Instead, participants will pay a Program Fee as a condition of participation. Partnership program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the published Program Fee. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet, Spring Semester Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost SheetSpring Semester Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

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Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2021 10/15/2020
Rolling Admission 02/15/2021 06/16/2021
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Fall Semester 2021 04/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Spring Semester 2022 09/25/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed