UCC International Office courses

Summer School in Irish Studies

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Summer School in Irish Studies

  • Code


  • College

    International Education Office

  • Duration

    4 weeks (1st - 26th July 2019)

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications


  • Fees

    €1,500 / 4 weeks See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Overall GPA of 2.85/4.0 or above See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    26th July 2019

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    26th April 2019

  • Start Date

    1st July 2019

Course Outline

Another World: Word, memory and the making of Irish identity

We hope that the 40th Summer School in Irish Studies will bring inspiration and an understanding of Irish history and literature to all who journey to UCC in 2019. The School runs for four weeks in the month of July.

For two weeks, the School will explore Irish identity formation and expression in its historical context from the earliest descriptions of Ireland and its inhabitants, to modern contestations of that identity.

During the two weeks devoted to literature, the School will examine how twentieth-century writers sought to define a sense of cultural identity by exploring the idealised version of Ireland’s past.

For Further Information, please visit: https://www.ucc.ie/en/iss/ or download our brochure: 

Summer School 2019 Brochure for EU Applicants

Summer School 2019 Brochure for Non-EU Applicants


Course Details

In the History section, we explore the foundations of Irish identity and the quest for political independence. We examine the earliest expressions of Irish identity and how the literature and art of the remote past were used to create a modern, distinctive identity. The rediscovery of that inheritance led to a cultural renaissance – the Celtic Revival – that heralded the profound political and social changes which continue to shape life in Ireland to this day.

The Literature course examines the works of two major Irish Writers: the poet W. B. Yeats and the novelist James Joyce. Both writers, who had an impact of international significance, reflect in their work the tensions and creative dynamism of their time. Yeats viewed the emergence of modern Ireland as the child of the literary imagination, a place “the poets imagined terrible and gay”. A contrasting voice from the time, James Joyce, gives a very different view of the period and the role of the writer in modern Ireland. We will read a wide selection of Yeats’s poetry, from his earliest work to poems written in 1939, the year of his death, and Joyce’s novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and his collection of short stories Dubliners.


Course Practicalities

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 lecturers and seminars. This year, there will be study-tours to the following destinations:

Fota House, Cobh, County Cork

Ardmore, Co. Waterford and Curraghmore House, Portlaw, Co. Waterford

The programme will also include a theatre visit. 

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 indending to take credits need to indicate this clearly on the enrolment form. 

Students should also forward a transcript of courses already completed at their own university clearly stating their GPA. They should forward the address of their home institution for processing of completed credits.

The Summer School draws on the expertise of Faculty members, established scholars in their field, to deliver lectures.  Lectures are followed by discussion-based teaching in seminars of small groups where Teaching Assistants develop the themes of the lectures. These assistants also give guidance and encouragement with their work.

Why Choose This Course

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.

Skills and Careers Information

The Summer School provides the student with a comprehensive introduction to Irish literature, history and culture. It is suitable for those with a specific interest in Irish Studies and also for those with a broad interest Irish culture and heritage.


The School welcomes students who take the course for credit and also those who choose not to enroll for credit. Students who wish to register for credit are expected to have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.85 or above.

Fees and Costs

The cost of attending the School of for non-EU citizens is €2,300 which covers single-room accommodation from Sunday 30th June to Saturday 27th July 2019, tuition, certain social events, study tours, and meals on study tours,but excludes daily meals; the cost for three weeks is €1900; and for two €1300. Students wishing to arrange their own accommodation should contact Zita Riedlova, International Office, UCC. Tel: + 353-21-4904733; Fax: + 353-21-4904735; Email: zitariedlova@ucc.ie for information on revised costs.

The cost of attending the School for citizens of the European Union is €1500 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. To attend the school for three weeks costs €1300 and for two weeks, €1000.

For further information: Ms Zita Riedlova, International Office, University College Cork, ‘Roseleigh’, Western Road, Cork, Ireland. Tel: +353-21-490 4733 · Fax: +353-21-490 4735

Emails: zitariedlova@ucc.ie or internationaloffice@ucc.ie · Website: www.ucc.ie/en/iss


How Do I Apply

In order to apply for to the Summer School in Irish Studies, please complete in block capitals the Enrolment Form and submit it to the Summer School Co-Ordinator, Ms Zita Riedlova, at: zitariedlova@ucc.ie, before 26th April 2019


If you wish to take the Summer School modules for credits, please provide your up to date university transcript together with your Enrolment Form. 

For queries regarding course content or timetables please contact