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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Advisor: Robert Dowden Program Type: CUA, Faculty-Led, Summer Institute
Academic Level: 1. Freshman, 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior, 5. Graduate Areas of Study: Drama, English, History, Irish
Credits: 6 Language Prerequisite: 000 - No language prerequisite
On-Site Language Course Required: No Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Hotel/Hostel COVID-19 Vaccine Required: Yes
Program Description:
Students on the Irish Coast

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 2022 tentative program itinerary!


Cork 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.

Kerry 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.

Dublin, 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
Taught by Professor Jennifer O'Riordan
3 credits, IRSH 110, Humanities
Course Description:

This intro-level course looks at how migration has shaped Irish society and identity. There is a special focus on the place of the Irish language in Irish life. Students are based in Cork, Ireland’s second city, but will also experience Cobh, Kinsale, and the Dingle Peninsula, where Irish Gaelic is still the language of everyday life. While in Dingle, students participate in a week-long Irish language immersion course and will engage with Irish Gaelic culture. In particular, music will be studied as a bridge between traditional and contemporary Irish life. No prior experience in the Irish language is required.

Shakespeare to Sheridan: The Irish in the Theatre, 1600-1775
Taught by Professor Patrick Tuite
Course Description: 

This course examines how plays staged in London and Dublin between 1600 and 1775 represented Ireland, its history, and inhabitants. Students will read the most important dramatic literature concerning Ireland written during this period, including works by William Shakespeare, George Farquhar, and Richard Brinsley Sheridan. In addition, students will tour Dublin and learn firsthand how the city served as a backdrop for a social drama. We’ll visit many places, like Dublin Castle, Trinity College, and the building that housed John Ogilby’s Smock Alley Theatre.

This 3-credit course is cross-listed in several departments:
Undergraduate Level Graduate Level
DR 305* DR 576
ENG 305 N/A
*Fulfills the Explorations in Fine Arts requirement under the Liberal Arts Curriculum.

Accommodation & Meals

Cork: Students are housed in single rooms at the University College Cork dorms. Students may eat at the university cafeteria, and a partial meal plan is provided.
Ballyferriter: 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. 
Dublin: Students are housed in single rooms at the University College Cork dorms. Students may eat at the university cafeteria, and a partial meal plan is provided.


Catholic University students applying to this program may also be interested in the following scholarships:  Additional scholarship options are listed on the Office of Education Abroad's scholarships website.

Ireland Panorama

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2023 03/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

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