Irish Summer Institute
On this program, students have the opportunity to study and discover not just one historic location, but three. The journey begins in Cork and Kerry where students visit sites of major historical, cultural, political, economic, and linguistic relevance. These locations act as a living classroom for CUA students as they learn to communicate through the Irish language while immersing themselves in Irish culture.
Then students travel to Ireland’s capital, Dublin, where they examine how plays staged in London and Dublin represented Ireland, its history, and inhabitants. Students tour Dublin and learn how the city’s streets and architecture served as a backdrop for a social drama in which Ireland’s subjects portrayed different characters.
View the 2017 program itinerary!
is a university city, which while compact in size, is vibrant and renowned for its warm personality and friendly people. It is the Republic of Ireland’s second city, whose history and development are very much set in a European context. While it has long been a city with a global outlook - during the 18th and 19th centuries it was a trading city of world significance - it also played a central role in Ireland’s own struggle for independence.
is home to one of the six Gaeltachtaí (Irish-speaking regions) of Ireland. While everyone living in the Gaeltacht regions can speak English, the everyday language of these communities is Irish. Kerry, therefore, helps maintain the continuity of the Irish tradition, and provides the perfect environment for people who wish to become proficient in Irish.
, a city whose median population is under the age of 30, is full of excitement and culture. There are several theatres, both modern and historic, and plays are performed year-round. Moreover, many of Dublin's buildings are deeply rooted in history, and on a simple stroll through Dublin’s streets students are bound to recognize places illuminated in Irish literature and folklore.
Academics & Curriculum
Students on this program enroll in two courses:
Irish Language and Culture
3 credits, IRSH 110, Humanities
Shakespeare to Sheridan: The Irish in the Theatre, 1600-1775
This 3-credit course is cross-listed in several departments:
DR 305 (undergraduate)
DR 576 (graduate)
HIST 328A (undergraduate)
HIST 653A (graduate)
ENG 305 (undergraduate)
Accommodation & Meals
Students are housed in twin rooms with private bathrooms at the 3-star Hotel Isaacs. Breakfasts are included.
Students are housed in twin and triple rooms with a shared bathroom and kitchen at the University College Cork accommodation Dún Chíomháin. Meals are not included.
Students are housed in twin rooms with private bathrooms and a shared kitchen at Student Homes in Dublin. Meals are not included.
CUA students applying to this program may also be interested in applying for Modern Language Summer Study Stipend