International Summer School in Irish Studies

International Summer School in Irish Studies

International Summer School in Irish Studies

The 37thInternational Summer School in Irish Studies 

‘Isle of Ancient Fame: Landscape, Memory and Irish Identities'

Dates: 4th July- 29th July 2016


Welcome from the Directors

As Directors we welcome you to the 37th International Summer School in Irish Studies at University College Cork.  The School attracts over one hundred students with an interest in Irish Studies providing them with an ideal location in which to explore the varied aspects of Irish history, literature and culture.  It offers expert tuition, optional courses in Irish language and a varied social programme.

In 2016, the International Summer School in Irish Studies at University College Cork marks it's thirty-seventh year.  The School introduces students from across the world to the history, literature and culture of the Irish.  The School will run for four weeks in the month of July.  In the first two weeks students will explore how major turning points in Ireland's history shaped it's people's identity.  The second two weeks of the School wil examine how modern writers  expressed that unique cultural identity.  In lectures, seminars and field trips, students will explore the major themes of the 2016 Summer School.

2016 marks the centenary of a major event in Ireland’s past: the 1916 Easter Rising, an event that led to the quest for Irish independence and that was, itself, the result of a resurgence of popular interest in Ireland’s past and its uniquely rich literary and artistic patrimony. That distinctive historical identity helps us to understand the political developments which led, ultimately, to the creation of the modern Irish State. The History lectures, seminars and study tours will explore aspects of Irish identity expressed in Irish art and literature through the ages.

The literature lectures will examine two major writers of this revolutionary period: W. B. Yeats and Elizabeth Bowen. These writers, who had an impact of international significance, reflected in their work the tensions and creative dynamism of their time.

The Summer School in Irish Studies in UCC aims to provide a unique learning experience by combining a rigorous introduction to major academic themes in the development of Irish identity with an opportunity to encounter Ireland’s rich cultural landscape.

The School welcomes students who take the course for credit and those who choose not to enrol for credit.  Students who wish to register for credit are expected to have a GPA of 2.85 or above.  Students who attend the School for four weeks may take the course for up to 10 ECTS credits, 5 in Literature and 5 in History.  Students intending to take credit need to indicate this clearly on the enrolment form.  Students should also forward a transcript of courses already completed at their own university or college clearly stating their GPA.  They should forward the address of their home institution for processing of completed credits.  For further information contact the Administrator, Ms. Marian Cotter, Summer School Co-Ordinator, International Education Office, UCC.

Study tours are an integral part of the Summer School programme and give students the opportunity to explore the beauty of the Irish countryside and to experience the places examined in lectures and seminars. The study tours will bring students to Camden Fort Meagher, a restored nineteenth-century fortification strategically placed at the entrance to Cork harbour; Ardmore, Co Waterford, a picturesque coastal village and the site of an impressive range of early Christian monuments; Curraghmore, one of the most important country houses in Ireland. The social programme will include a theatre visit.

The cost of attending the School for non-EU citizents is €2200 which covers single room accommodation from Sunday 30 June to Saturday 27 July; tuition; certain social events; study tours and meals on study tours; but excludes daily meals.  The cost for three weeks is €1800; and for two €1200.  Students wishing to arrange their own accommodation should contact Marian Cotter for information on revised costs.

For further information on the Summer School please contact:

International Office, International Education Office, UCC. Tel: + 353-21-4904734; Fax: + 353-21-4904735; Email:

Mary Breen, Director, Department of English, UCC. Tel: + 353 21 4903291

Dr. Damian Bracken, Director, Department of History, UCC. Tel: + 353 21 4902950

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