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Co-sponsored by UW-Madison, the Irish Studies Summer School program administered by USIT (a provider of student support services for academic programs in Ireland) introduces you to Ireland's rich history and culture through study at Trinity College, a renowned 400 year-old university in the heart of Dublin. This program is an excellent opportunity for you to engage in Irish Studies in one of Europe's fastest growing capital cities.
Exciting scholarship opportunity for the 2014 summer school program!! One recipient will be awarded a USIT scholarship worth $3100, which will be applied to the IAP program fee. Preference will be given to applicants who are willing to become a Student Ambassador for the program during the 2014-15 academic year. This Ambassador will work closely with the IAP Study Abroad Advisor to promote the program and other study abroad opportunities on campus. The scholarship application is available through the IAP online application. Questions? Email Jessa Boche, the Study Abroad Advisor for this program: email@example.com
Dublin, a city whose median population is under the age of 30, is a mecca for students and young adults. There will never be a lack of things to do in Dublin. You can catch a play at the world-renowned Abbey Theatre or sample the wide variety of cafes and entertainment venues in Temple Bar, Dublin's cultural quarter. Or, simply kick back and relax in Phoenix Park, one of the largest city parks in Europe.
Expressions of Irish culture are not confined to the National Concert Hall, but are accessible to everyone; traditional music is played by local street buskers and in area pubs for all to enjoy. On a simple stroll through Dublin's streets one is bound to recognize places illuminated in Irish literature and folklore.
Dublin is not only a cultural hub, but a transportation hub as well. Catch a ferry to England or Wales, or fly to another desired destination from Dublin's modern international airport. When seeking respite from city life, many charming villages and small towns are close by outside of Dublin. Within 30 minutes of the city center there are scenic mountains and sandy beaches, as well as beautiful public parks and gardens.
Founded in 1592, Trinity College is the alma mater of some of Ireland's most famous artists, writers, and political figures. Situated in the heart of Dublin, Trinity's campus is an ideal location for studying contemporary Ireland, with the National Museum, Parliament (Dail Eireann) and National Gallery, as well as cafes, bars, theaters and several music venues all within walking distance of the college.
Getting to Your Program
You are responsible for arranging your own transportation to Dublin, but are given guidelines for arrival dates.
A visa is not required for U.S. citizens for this program. U.S. citizens must have a U.S. passport valid for at least six months beyond the end of the program.
IAP expects you to be an active participant in preparing yourself for your study abroad experience. As a participant on an IAP program, you will receive a pre-departure orientation, either in-person or online. The type and format of this orientation will vary by program and will be provided to you upon acceptance to the program.
Upon arrival, you attend an orientation at Trinity College to introduce you to the academic program, the Trinity campus, local facilities, and the city of Dublin. USIT provides support in addition to the cultural activities, excursions, and organization of the courses.
You will be housed on the Trinity College campus in apartments each consisting of four to five single rooms with two bathrooms, kitchen, and a shared living area. Housing and lunch (Monday through Friday) are included in the program fee. You may do light cooking in your room or purchase meals from campus dining facilities, as well as nearby supermarkets, delis, and restaurants. During the program, you will have access to the Trinity College library, restaurants, bars, and sports facilities, including tennis courts.
Excursions and Activities
In addition to lectures and seminars, the program includes exciting cultural events and unique field trips. The Summer School will spend a week in Northern Ireland, offering students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the recent conflict there. This immersion week enables students to explore "the North" within a structured environment, through courses and cultural events. This includes an all party political forum at Stormont, home of the Northern Ireland Assembly. Previous trips, tours, and social events have included excursions to sights such as Dublin Castle, the Irish Parliament, County Wicklow, and an archaeology trip to Boyne Valley. While in Dublin, students may also enjoy theater visits, local sporting events, a city tour, a literary pub crawl, and traditional Irish music sessions.
You will be enrolled in the UW System required health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees.
Use the links below to find out more information on academics, daily life and student impressions for this program.IAP Program Handbook: USIT Irish Studies Summer School
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“I couldn’t have spent my summer a better way! I loved that Trinity College is so centrally located in Dublin and how there were always evening programs to go to. I definitely want to go back someday.”
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How to Apply
First complete the IAP Online Application. UW Affiliate programs may require you to apply directly to the affiliate either simultaneously during the IAP application process OR after you have received a preliminary admissions decision from IAP. After you have completed the IAP Online Application, the following forms will become available to you through the application portal. Be sure to read the instructions carefully for information on when to apply to the affiliate.
Summer Program Forms
USIT Scholarship Application
Unofficial Transcript (Student Record)
Unofficial Transcript - OPTIONAL - Additional File
Forms are subject to change. Complete the forms according to the checklist provided to you in the online application portal.
After the Deadline
IAP will review your application and make a preliminary admissions decision. You will be notified of the admissions decision via email. The affiliate university or organization will make the final admissions decision.
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The Irish Studies Summer School is noted for its high powered teaching staff and visiting speakers. Members of Trinity College faculty and distinguished speakers from other academic institutions form the core of the academic team. Each module has an academic leader, but often several instructors teach each class. Leading activists and critics visit the program to help provide lively and interesting class discussions.
Irish Studies Summer School participants enroll in 4 modules (classes) from the list below. The History module is required for all students. You'll then select 3 additional modules from the list below.
Students earn 6 UW-Madison credits for the program. Two modules are the equivalent of one 3 credit UW-Madison course.
Module options include:
History (required for all students) - In this introductory course, you are guided through the most eventful period in Irish history with an opportunity to study key developments in the post famine period beginning with late 19th century background. The lectures on Northern Ireland will give particular reference to the outbreak of violence in 1969, issues of sectarianism and paramilitaries and the evolution of new political structures and processes.
Literature - This course studies modern Irish writing from 1890-2010. Beginning with Yeats and Joyce it traces the range and diversity of Irish literature to the present. This is an intensive reading course which focuses on the founding figures of modern literature but also explores their influence on succeeding generations. Selected fiction, (novels and the short story) and poetry will be covered in this exploration.
Drama - This course draws its strength from the renowned tradition of Irish Drama which can be traced from the nineteenth century. Through exploring its origins in this century with Yeats and the founding of a national theatre, the work of Synge, O'Casey and Beckett can be seen in historical context. Attendance at performance of plays will feature strongly in the course and will include visits to the famous Dublin stages of the Abbey and Gate theatres.
Gaelic Culture - This course offers a fascinating insight into Celtic mythology, folk tradition and the language and literature of the Irish. You will be introduced to the linguistic and cultural heritage of Gaelic civilization and brought up to date on the fortunes of the Irish speaking world of today's Ireland.
Visual Culture - Takes an interdisciplinary look at visual culture in Ireland. Archaeology, art, architecture, film, television and video are the primary sources and areas to be examined, with reference to relevant literary, social and cultural contexts
New for Summer 2014! Music -Music in Ireland is most visibly symbolised by the harp in the official State logo which is seen on buildings, documents and uniforms. This linking of place to music has a deep and broad historic reality. This module addresses each form of music on the island of Ireland through all periods.
Program Web Page(s)
Interested in a Celtic Studies Certificate? Classes on this program qualify!
Use the links below to see a list of courses that students have taken on this program before and the UW equivalents. Note: this list only includes pre-approved courses for your program and may not be an exhaustive list of courses or departments. You will get instructions on the course equivalent process after acceptance.
2014 Dublin USIT Course Equivalents.pdf