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Education FAQs

Study & Play Abroad Questions (Education)

1Will the study abroad credits transfer to my home high school/ college?
The college is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE.org), similar to the likes of Princeton, Columbia University, Cornell etc. So the receiving college would have to refuse these institutions as well which is unlikely.
2Is there a guarantee that I / my son / daughter credits will transfer?
It is ultimately at the discretion of the receiving college but as stated above it is highly likely they would accept the credit transfer prior to enrolling.
3How many credits should I / my son / daughter take while studying abroad?
It depends on the time spent abroad. We would suggest between 3 and 6 over a three-month period so as not to be overloaded alongside a full-time soccer program.
4Can I / my son / daughter take classes for my specific major while studying abroad?
If that major is offered at our partner education institution, then yes.
5What is the credit transfer process after completing my / my son / daughters time abroad?
Our registrar will issue an official transcript to the receiving college.
6What is the GPA requirement to study abroad?
Usually, 2.0 minimum required.
7What courses are offered ?
BFA in Creative Writing AFA in Musical Theatre BFA in Musical Theatre BFA in Performing Arts BA in International Business BA in Hospitality Management BA in Event Management Graduate programs MFA in Creative Writing MFA in Creative Writing Practice MFA in Performance MFA in Music for Motion Pictures MFA in Fashion Design MS in Performance Coaching MB in International Business MBA in International Business MBA in Oil and Gas Management QQI awards Undergraduate programs BA (Hons) in Liberal Arts BA (Hons) in International Business
8What terms are available? (Spring, Fall, etc.)
Spring, Fall and Summer
9What school will I be attending?
American College Dublin
10Do I need a student visa?
If you are staying longer than 90 days then yes. The study visa is applied for when in the country by and online process.
11Where can I find study & train abroad scholarships?
We do not have scholarships for study & train abroad.
12I only speak one language; can I still study abroad?
The courses are offered through English.
13What should I do if I have difficulty adjusting to studying abroad?
We have staff to help you settle in and also offer 24/7 phone line to talk to a counsellor through our school program.
14When is the best time to study abroad?
When the student has time to enjoy the process so usually, high school or between high school and before college or the second / third year of a four year college course.
15What education does my son/ daughter receive while in Europe?
Usually general education subjects but this is flexible.
16What are the benefits of studying abroad?
Experiencing another culture and making friends for life. Usually this is highly regarded on a CV/resume.
17Will studying and playing abroad help my child get a college scholarship?
That is up to the college admission team but it is generally highly regarded. During our 3 & 6 month programs we will be introducing players to video analysis along as well as recording all scrimmages to help the play develop game intelligence and can help with producing a video to enhance your child’s opportunity of a scholarship.
18Is financial aid offered for study abroad ?
No, this is only offered for full time students through the Title IV Federal Aid.
19Is studying and train abroad safe?
Ireland is a safe country with very low crime rates. We have had little or no incidents with students over the 27 years the college has been operating.
20How many days a week will my child be in school?
We would expect 5-7 contact hours per week plus study time. In order to successfully complete and receive the college credits.
21Are tutoring services included for my child if need be?
The method of delivery is based on tutoring as opposed to lecture driven. Faculty are available to help with tutoring.
22How many credits can my son/daughter receive?
This is dependent on how long they study abroad for but we would aim for 3-6 credits per three months of study.
23Will my child come home with any other education they might be able to use to benefit their career?
The experience of living abroad in another culture will always stand to them in their career along with the education they will receive as a soccer player and game intelligence. For our 3–9-month courses we will work with the Football Association of Ireland to deliver coach education courses.
24How can the ensure that the classes that they take will transfer back to for graduation?
The academic offices at the home college/university can speak to ours in advance and make sure the credits will count towards graduation.
25Can their credits transfer from the states if they want to graduate in Ireland.
Yes, if from an accredited institution.