Program Dates: May 20 - June 30, 2018
(students arrive on Sunday, May 20th by 10:00am Dublin time and depart on June 30, any time that day)
This Summer Program will be held in the Keough-Naughton Notre Dame Study Center, Dublin. Classes will be held in historic O’Connell House, long-time home of the celebrated Irish politician Daniel O’Connell. The mandatory course "Introduction to Ireland" will be supplemented by a diverse range of cultural enrichment opportunities: cultural, literary, musical, theatrical, sporting, political, and culinary. Participants will be able to fully experience the vibrant life of the city of Dublin, as well as being able to explore the historic Irish countryside.
The academic program focuses on the history, culture, and literature of Ireland. Three courses will be offered during the six-week program. All students will take the mandatory course "Introduction to Ireland" and have a choice between either "Reading the Irish Revival" literature course or an engineering course.
A couple of travel weekends will be scheduled during the program to allow students the opportunity to explore the Irish countryside. Students are encouraged to research their travel plans in advance.
Introduction to Ireland (3 credits) HIST 34430; ANTH 34320; IRST 24208; SOC 34123
Instructor: Professor Kevin Whelan
Evolution of Irish culture from the eighteenth century to the contemporary period; It aims to give students a foundational understanding of the cultural inheritance of the island. While organized in broadly chronological terms, it will also examine crucial thematic concerns—landscape, history, languages, economy, society, politics and government, literature, music, sport. This course explores the broad political, cultural, economic and social history of the island of Ireland from the eighteenth to the twentieth-first century. It also explores the nature of contemporary Irish culture. Themes covered include the 1798 Rebellion, Catholic Emancipation, the Great Irish Famine, emigration, the 1916 Rising and the Northern Ireland Troubles. The lectures will be supported by field trips, museum and theater visits, and interviews with distinguished modern Irish citizens. Satisfies the University History or Social Science Requirement.
Reading the Irish Revival (3 credits) ENGL 24521 and IRST 34220
Instructor: Professor P.J. Mathews
This course will examine the Irish Revival (1891-1939) as a dynamic moment in modern Irish literature in which key literary figures like W.B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, John Millington Synge, and James Joyce worked to make Ireland a center of cultural innovation once again. The significance of the Revival to Ireland's decolonization and debates over an Irish national literature will provide a central focus. Texts to be considered will include: the drama of J. M. Synge and Lady Gregory, the poetry of W. B. Yeats, and James Joyce's Dubliners. Satisfies the University Literature Requirement
or, for pre-approved engineering students an engineering course (students accepted by ND engineering via that department's application):
EG 34021 Introduction to Electromehanical Energy Conversion
Instructor: Kenneth Sauer:
This course will introduce a broad audience of undergraduate engineering students to practical modes of conversion between electric energy and various forms of mechanical energy, at a level at which nearly any engineer should be conversant. It will confer a basic understanding of the generation of electric power from primarily hydro-power, wind, steam, and internal combustion engines. On the electrical-to-mechanical side of the equation, we will discuss and demonstrate devices which are encountered day-to-day, and will therefore be focused primarily on single-phase and DC systems.
Week 1: Students arrive in Dublin by 10:00am on May 20th; They travel by bus to Connemara and stay at Kylemore Abbey
Week 2-5: In Dublin, accommodations at University College Dublin dorm.
Week 6: Travel for the week to County Waterford- accommodations at Waterford Marina
June 29: Overnight at the Abbey Court Hostel in Dublin
June 30: Students return to US at any time during the day
All Notre Dame undergraduates who are current freshmen, sophomores, or juniors are invited to apply. Recommended GPA is 3.0
Program Fee : $8,000
The program fee will cover tuition, housing, health insurance, transportation from the airport, local transportation in Dublin (bus pass), partial meal plan, and a ND administration fee. Participants are responsible for their airfare to Dublin, and all other expenses. Students may use Anthony Travel on ND campus to secure quotes and/or purchase their flights. There is no group flight for the program. Flights from the US usually depart the day before arrival, hence May 19th departure to arrive in Ireland on May 20th.
Financial assistance for summer study abroad programs is limited to private educational loans or the Federal PLUS (Parent) loan. University Scholarship is not offered for summer study abroad.
Information and application procedures are available on the Office of Financial Aid website.
Included are group field trips, traditional music sessions with local musicians, local guest lecturers, etc.
Housing and Meals
Housing: Week 1, students will be housed at Kylemore Abbey. For weeks 2-5, students will live in dormitories on the campus of University College Dublin.
On the evening of June 30th, students will stay at Abigail's Hostel in Dublin.
Meal Plan - The partial meal plan will include meals of various types:
During the week at Kylemore Abbey all 3 meals a day will be provided
During the weeks in Dublin, the meal plan will include: continental breakfast plus eggs and meat at UCD restaurant, lunches at O'Connell House; no dinners
For the week out west, the meal plan will include: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 5 dinners
Meals will not be provided during the 4 weeks in Dublin on the weekends, other than lunches on day trips
The total of meals provided will be 78: 31 breakfasts, 33 lunches, 14 dinners
Application deadline for student portion of online application and all supporting materials is February 15, 2018.
If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months past your program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas well before your program begins. For more information about obtaining and renewing passports visit the United States Postal Service.