Summer In Ireland


Villanova Summer in Ireland

The purpose of the six-week Irish Studies Program is to introduce students to Ireland's history, literature, society and archaeology through a 10-day Orientation in Dublin, Galway, and on the Aran Islands, and five weeks of courses at the National University of Ireland, Galway Summer School in Irish Studies.
Dr. Joseph Lennon, Villanova University's Director of Irish Studies, accompanies the students throughout the Orientation Program in Eastern and Western Ireland.


Trip Dates: June 15 - July 22, 2015

We will be holding our orientation session on Friday April 17 at 4:00 p.m. in Falvey 204.  Please come along if you are interested in studying in Ireland during the six-credit summer program or if you just would like to know more about study in Ireland!!

Program Requirements

  • 2.75 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale; non Villanova students must provide a recent official university transcript of undergraduate work
  • Full-time university status without disciplinary or academic probation, and/or financial holds
  • Completed Villanova application submitted to Faculty Program Coordinator

Course Offerings

Students select two (2) courses from the following list for six (6) Villanova undergraduate credits. Students are required to take six credits.
*Students: when selecting courses for your program application, please note that you are not permitted to take courses which you have already taken at Villanova University. Please speak with your Faculty Program Coordinator if you have any questions.

AAH 3007 Archaeological Heritage of Ireland A study of Ireland’s Neolithic and Celtic Iron ages through to the Christian Period including the early and late medieval era. 3 credits

AAH 3009 Introduction to Art in Ireland This course traces the development of Irish art from Newgrange to the 2009 Venice Biennale. A key question underlying the various strands of the course will be the development of a distinctly Irish cultural identity in the visual arts and the influence of international trends on Irish artists throughout the ages. 3 credits.

ENG 2003 - Creative Writing - Poetry & Fiction This course will be a workshop in the writing of prose and poetry. Students may choose the genre they wish to emphasize, engaging in experimentation, writing and rewriting under the supervision of the directors and the faculty. Workshops will involve review, analysis and editing, in an atmosphere of constructive criticism and support. There will be individual contributions from a number of the country's leading writers. 3 credits

ENG 2450 Gaelic Culture and Literature A study of Gaelic culture and literature (in translation) from the earliest times to the present day. 3 credits

ENG 2490 Representing Ireland - Literature & Film The study of ways in which "Irishness" has been represented in 20th century fiction, drama, fiction, poetry, and film. 3 credits

HIS 3216 Irish History Modern Irish history including nationalism, the land question, and Anglo-Irish relations. 3 credits

SOC 4000 Irish Society Study of issues in modern Irish society, including family, religion, rural and urban communities, emigration, and the role of women. 3 credits

THE 3030 Negotiating Identity - Irish Traditional Music & Dance A study of the ways in which music shapes cultural identity. 3 credits.

2015 Itinerary

June 15: Students depart U.S.A.

June 16-18: Arrive in Dublin, Dublin orientation

June 19: Depart Dublin for Galway, to Galway, via Clonmacnoise

June 20-22: Aran Islands Excursion

June 22: Return to Galway, Homestays begin, NUIG Welcome

June 24: Coursework at NUI, Galway begins

July 22: Last day of coursework at NUIG and last night of homestay. Students can leave once classes are completed on July 22.


Please refer to the Office of Education Abroad for additional information concerning the Itinerary for Summer 2015.

* 2015_VU_Summer Application_-_Undergraduates.pdf
2015 Summer in Ireland Application
Summer in Ireland info session Feb 25

About the Location

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Galway City, the third largest city in Ireland, is now regarded by many as the cultural capital of Ireland. Throughout the year, Galway is a thriving center of theater, galleries, readings, and concerts ranging from classical to the best of Irish traditional music. During the summer school period, Galway is especially alive with energy. Its natural attraction as a seaside resort is supplemented by events such as the Galway Arts Festival, which brings world-class performers to the city. Traditionally, many of our students volunteer in various aspects of the festival, further deepening their understanding of and involvement with the real Ireland beyond the walls of the classroom. Galway's location on the west coast places students in easy access to some of the richest and most complex aspects of Irish history.

National University of Ireland, Galway, our base for most of the program, was founded in 1849. It is one of the constituent colleges of NUI, the National University of Ireland. The campus is located on the banks of the River Corrib, about ten minutes walk from city center.