Embark on a fascinating exploration of modern Irish literature, politics and history

Ireland is world famous for its literary greats such as James Joyce and W.B.Yeats as well as its troubled and complicated history. But what about a symbol of conflict resolution in the modern age? Although the island is divided, it is at peace and prospering. In this enthralling summer program you will delve into Irish history, politics, and literature while exploring the culture and meeting the people of this charismatic country.

The program is offered through the Institute of Public Administration, a recognized college of the National University of Ireland that focuses exclusively on civil and public sector development.

I gained a new sense of independence and created relationships that will surely stand the test of time. ”

Carrie Barbour

Meredith College Student, Irish History, Politics, and Literature

  • You will choose one of two courses: Irish Literature, which explores the works of major Irish writers, dramatists and poets, including illustrious figures such as James Joyce and W.B. Yeats; and Irish History and Politics, covering the defining events of 20th-century Ireland. Both courses will meet throughout your six weeks in Ireland.

  • Classes will be held at the Institute's beautiful headquarters in the Ballsbridge section of Dublin, an upscale, residential neighborhood that also houses a large concentration of foreign embassies.

  • Specific excursions available to students participating in Irish History, Politics and Literature include; Leinster House - The Irish Parliament, Avondale House & Glendalough Co. Wicklow, Kilmainham Jail, Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin Writer's Museum, Joyce Tower, and Sandycove.

Fees & Scholarship Details
Term/Period Departure Date Return Credits Base Program Fee Application Deadline
Summer 2015 5/27/2015 7/11/2015 6 $5,500 3/31/2015 More Info

Program fees listed are base fees only. Please select MORE INFO for an estimate of additional expenses and any additional fees that may be incurred based on enrollment selections or housing placements. Dates and fees for future terms will be posted as they become available. Please see Program Calendar for detailed dates.

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As a participant on an Arcadia program, you are guaranteed accommodation. Our priority is to provide a safe, clean, cost-effective and convenient place for you to live, while offering you every opportunity to explore the local culture and community.


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Student health, safety and security in Ireland are our top priorities. Our experienced and well-connected staff are prepared to deal with any emergencies that may arise...

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