April 20, 2018
By Dr. Tom Kelley, Resident Director of Ireland

Summer Sessions at the Dublin Center are certainly a highlight of the year for us here in Ireland.  During the Fall and Spring semesters, the Dublin Center is largely a programmatic hub that supports Direct Enroll students all across the island of Ireland. Because of this, we only see students visit the Center when they need to print off a boarding pass! However in the summer we open the Center to our gifted faculty and students to deliver academic content. From late May until the middle of August our modest center in Temple Bar is swarmed with students attending lectures, getting a coffee with staff or reading assignments in the shade of Christchurch Cathedral.

Arcadia in Dublin offers summer courses in Irish Literature, Irish History and Politics as well as an innovative class in Entrepreneurship, which is a very popular elective with our summer interns. Both of our classrooms are in full swing, and students even dip in and out of our in-house reference library, which contains a size-able collection of materials on Irish cinema, travel, history and drama. Since we are located in a central and ideal location in Dublin, students and staff are within easy walking distance to the cultural and historical landmarks that have shapes Irish society from the late Medieval period, through Ireland Union with Britain, right up the Modern Era, which has seen Ireland become one of the world’s most globalized economies.  Bring on the summer!  We cannot wait.