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  • Locations: Dublin, Ireland; Kylemore Abbey, Ireland
  • See instructions below in Dates/Deadlines section

    Program Terms:
  • Restrictions: Notre Dame applicants only
  • Expenses students are responsible for: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

You MUST choose your FIRST PREFERENCE SEMESTER when applying.

DO NOT apply to the same program for different terms. You will be able to indicate your openness to alternate semesters within the application questionnaire.

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: NDI Summer Program Recommended GPA: 2.75
Housing Options: Dormitory Language Prerequisite: None
College: College of Arts & Letters, College of Engineering, College of Science, First Year of Studies, Mendoza College of Business, School of Architecture Language of Instruction: English
Class Level While Abroad: Undergraduate Language Courses Offered: No
Minimum Credit Load: 1 Program Director: Kathleen Opel
Special Opportunities: Cultural Excursions, Field Trips, On-Site Classes Course Prerequisite: IRST 23654
Eligible Majors: Any Program Length: 8 days + 4 prep courses in spring
Program Information:
Ireland Inside Track

Info Session— Monday, February  26, from 5:30 to 6:30 in 117 DeBartolo

Program Dates: August 4-12, 2018

MANDATORY Pre-Program Spring Class   (See schedule details below)

Students are responsible for booking their own flights for the program.  Students must arrive at Dublin airport by 11:00am on Saturday, August 4th and must depart Dublin airport before 2:00pm on Sunday, August 12th to avail of the complimentary program transportation to/from the airport. (Note: Flights from US usually leave on Aug. 3rd to arrive in Dublin on Aug. 4th).

Course Overview
This eight day immersion program in Ireland is designed to provide Notre Dame undergraduate students with insight and  access to Irish society, culture and economy. Participants will interact with influential Irish leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians, and artists; they will visit the European headquarters of major tech companies, visit the parliaments of tow countries and gain a real insight into Ireland’s position within the European Union and the modern global economy.
They will also be introduced to the magnificent Irish landscape and partake in Irish cuisine and cultural activities, such as the uniquely Irish sport of hurling. The one-credit “Inside Track” course was created to ensure that highly motivated students will not be passive tourists but engaged pilgrims who will experience Ireland in a genuine way, and will absorb an authentic experience of contemporary Ireland.

In addition to attending all of the scheduled events during the eight days in Ireland, there will be four, one-hour evening class sessions in the Spring prior to traveling to Ireland, plus a mandatory safety and security meeting in the spring, and one follow-up session in the Fall semester. Students will be expected to attend these class sessions and to submit an 7-10 page reflection on their experience the week after their return on August 17, 2018 by noon EST.

IIT 18 Information Flyer D6.pdf
Inside Track Syllabus 2018

Spring Campus Course Schedule
Pre-Program Spring Class in 138 DeBartolo;  All meetings start at 5:30 pm.

Accepted students will be registered for course: IRST 23654 Ireland Inside Track Mandatory Preparation Course (0 credit, graded S/U) as a pre-requisite to applying for the summer 8 day immersion program. The spring preparation course will be in room 138 DBRT from 5:30-6:30pm.  For those students with academic conflicts with this preparation course, an on line version will be available though Sakai.  Patrick Griffin PhD is the instructor for the course IRST 23654. 
Class dates:
March 27, 2018: Instructor Patrick Griffin  5:30-6:30 pm
April 3, 2018:     Instructor  Patrick Griffin  5:30-6:30 pm
April 10, 2018:   Orientation and lecture by Lisa Caulfield  5:30- 7:30
April 17, 2018 TBD   5:30-6:30 pm
Apr. 24, 2018 Movie Night: Viewing of 1916 Easter Uprising Documentary  5:30- 7:00 pm

IRST 23654 Course Outline
  •  Introduction to the History of Ireland - This initial session will provide a broad overview of Ireland’s history, touching on the key events that have shaped Ireland’s political, social and economic development.
  • Introduction to the Politics of Ireland - Ireland has undergone dramatic changes in the twentieth century beginning with its fight for independence and culminating in its meteoric rise during the Celtic Tiger years. This session will provide an overview of the Irish political system.
  • Orientation for the Inside Track Trip and Introduction to Irish Literature - This session will also introduce the students to important pieces of Irish Literature that helped define a nation. The orientation portion will provide students with practical advice on what to expect for the week-long trip to Ireland including giving students a comprehensive understanding of what is expected from them, what to pack, banking information, etc. There will also be an overview of safety in Dublin, travel guidelines and an understanding of the schedule.
  • Introduction to the Economy of Ireland - This session will introduce students to the Celtic Tiger, the rapid series of social, economic and political transformations that have occurred within Ireland since the 1990s. A key part of this session will be providing an accurate understanding of how the Irish economy functions.
Summer in Ireland Course
  • August 4-12, 2018 (Students must arrive in Dublin by 11:00am on Aug. 4th and  depart on Aug. 12th before 2:00pm to avail of a complimentary shuttle to airport). 
  • After participating in the Sp 18 Preparation Course, accepted students MUST register for: IRST 24209 Summer Ireland Eight Day Inside Track (1 credit, graded S/U) through inside ND (NOVO)
  • Summer registration opens March 21, 2018 through NOVO for upperclassmen and later for freshmen, when FYS changes the status to sophomores.
  • If you are also taking courses during the summer on the main ND campus or another ND summer study abroad program, you must register for the main campus course first, and then wait for instructions from NDI study abroad concerning the date you can register for the IIT SU 18 program. Please e-mail Paula Worhatch, at if you are registering for 2 ND summer programs.
Site Calendar

Tentative Schedule:
  • Day 1: Student Arrival; Accommodation at Trinity College; Historical Walking Tour of Dublin; Opening Dinner at Fire Restaurant
  • Day 2: Accommodation Trinity College; Opening Mass at Newman University Church; Tour of Croke Park: Hurling Semi Final
  • Day 3: Accommodation Trinity College; Belfast Day: Black Taxi Tours/Peace Wall/Titanic Museum Tour; Stormont Castle and Parliament Bldg Tour; Reconciliation Mass
  • Day 4: Accommodation Trinity College; Service Day in Dublin; Spirit of Service Award
  • Day 5: Accommodation Kylemore Abbey or Cloverfox; Travel to Galway City; NUIG lecture "Brexit's Impact on Ireland; Galway City Walking Tour
  • Day 6: Accommodation Kylemore Abbey or Cloverfox; Archaeological Tour of the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren Trip
  • Day 7: Accommodation Kylemore Abbey or Cloverfox; Aran Islands Tour
  • Day 8: Transfer back to Dublin; Accommodation Trinity College; Closing Mass at Newman Chapel; Closing Dinner at Johnny Foxes
  • Day 9: Students depart Dublin Airport

Any Notre Dame undergraduate may apply, who will be a sophomore, junior, or senior during summer 2018.

After confirming acceptance to the program, students will be asked to supply important information such as flight details, passport information, and health summary. Students will supply this information, as well as other requested information, within myNDabroadIt is extremely important that students supply all requested information, therefore, students will not be allowed to participate in the program until all material submissions and questionnaire forms are completed.

Cost: $1,750
Includes tuition, housing, most meals, excursions, ground transportation and  Geo-Blue International Health Insurance.

Students will be responsible for the cost of travel to and from Dublin, personal spending, some meals, and costs associated with non-program activities. Students should have at least an additional $100 for activities, independent transportation, food, etc.

This summer program is not eligible for federal loans due to the fact that it is only a 1 credit program.  ND does not provide any scholarships for this program.

Application Instructions
  •  Application Deadline is Thursday, February 15, 2018. 
  • Decisions will be sent by e-mail notification with confirmations due one week later.

While in Dublin, students will reside in Trinity College Dublin dorms. During the days in the West of Ireland, students will reside in either Kylemore Abbey or the Inn to the West.

Participants are responsible for their own flights to and from Dublin.

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.

This program is currently not accepting applications.