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  • Locations: Dublin, Ireland; Galway, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Open to: Students from any U.S. institution Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Eligibility: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students
Area of Study: Any, Art, Dance, History, Media Study, Theatre Term: Summer
Program Advisor: Olga Crombie Credits: 3
Global Pathway UB Areas: Arts
Program Description:

Literary Ireland: The Influence of Landscapes and Cities

THIS PROGRAM WILL RUN AGAIN IN SUMMER 2020!        Dublin, Ireland
Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland and a UNESCO City of Literature, boasts four Nobel prize winners (Yeats, Beckett, Shaw, and Heaney), world-renowned universities, book festivals, and the internationally acclaimed Abbey Theatre. Dublin is rich in history, culture, and art, and it is both an influence to writers and a setting to literary works.
Galway, home to the International Arts Festival and a UNESCO City of Film, stands at a pivotal vantage point on the West Coast of Ireland. The city is also home to the top-ranked National University of Ireland and to the Druid Theatre Company, one of the nation’s most famous troops. Galway’s center is the 18th-century Eyre Square, surrounded by shops and traditional pubs offering live Irish folk music.
If sheep, lake monsters, mountains, bogs, valleys, myth, magic, and beautiful scenery are what you wish, then come with us to see the land that inspired generations of Irish writers!

Join us in the Summer 2020 Session for a spectacular 21-day discovery of Ireland’s literary world led by award-winning UB professor and Program Director, Maria S. Horne, and Associate Program Director, Chelsea L. Horne. This intensive experiential program integrates the study of dramatic literature with focused research on its relationship with landscapes and cities. We will explore Ireland coast to coast: from artistic Galway to literary Dublin. This course explores themes of identity, nationalism, and revolt, emphasizing the tradition of tragi-comedy in the work of Irish writers, on the very locations where their plays take place. While the program is jam-packed, there will also be free time to relax and enjoy Ireland’s cities and truly magical countryside on your own. This 3-credit course satisfies an Arts credit in the older UB Gen Ed program and in the new Global Pathways program as part of the UB Curriculum. 
This experiential course transforms Ireland’s cities and landscapes into our classrooms!  Learning and teaching take place on-site at some of the world's most fascinating sites: historical (Dublin Castle, GPO, Kilmainham Jail, St. Patrick’s), cultural (Abbey Theatre, Book of Kells, Guinness Storehouse, National Museums, a Literary Pub Crawl) and ecological (Galway Bay, the Wild Atlantic Way), and much more! Our guided journeys allow students to become knowledgeable and familiar with the country that provides such inspiration for its writers. Students will also visit the archives of the National University of Ireland Galway where, working in small groups, they will conduct independent field research while interacting with local counterparts. 

Cliffs of Moher
Learning how to appreciate dramatic literature through its landscapes expands our understanding of different cultures, and in turn, of ourselves and of humankind. Daily itineraries take us on comprehensive explorations of Ireland’s past, present, and future. And to further enrich appreciation of the influence of cities and landscapes in dramatic literature, the program includes several strategically chosen day trips corresponding to the course’s curriculum: Connemara and Cong; the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren; Inishmore of the Aran Islands; Malahide Castle and Gardens; and the Game of Thrones film locations to experience the breathtaking landscapes of the north. This summer, winter is coming! 

Game of Thrones
Please read the Literary Ireland Summer 2018 Study Abroad Program Guide for more information and note that this will be updated and made available to students accepted to the program through the online application system.
While in Dublin, students follow in the footsteps of iconic Irish scholars and reside at Trinity College’s historic on-campus housing, in the heart of the city by the vibrant Temple Bar district, and in walking distance to all the top attractions.  While in Galway, students stay in the centrally located historic Latin Quarter at Kinlay House, voted Best Hostel in Ireland. All accommodations are prearranged and included in the program fee.
Open to students at all levels of experience. There is no pre-requisite for this course. Applications are welcome from both undergraduate and graduate students from any major and in good academic standing with a minimum overall GPA of 2.5. Applicants are considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Students are encouraged to apply early, as enrollment is limited.
Estimated costs for this program can be found at the top of this page next to Budget Sheets by clicking on Summer. Please note the budget sheet currently lists Summer 2018 program expenses. This program will run again in Summer 2020 and Summer 2020 program expenses will be posted as soon as updated information is available.

UB students are encouraged to apply for study abroad scholarships. To learn more about the scholarships available to UB students, please visit our scholarships page.

Please contact the Faculty Program Directors:

Maria S. Horne

Chelsea L. Horne

The Study Abroad Program Advisor, Olga Crombie, can be reached by email at or by phone at (716) 645-6279.

This program is currently not accepting applications.