UMW in Dublin | Irish Literature & Culture

UMW in Dublin

Irish Literature & Culture at Dublin City University


Program Dates

June 2 — June 30

Summer 2019


Program Fees


$500 deposit due upon registration.
Final $5,525 due March 1, 2019.


  • Tuition at DCU (6 credits)
  • Airport transfers
  • Leap card for public transportation
  • Accommodations
  • Meal plan
  • DCU group excursions
  • International health insurance
  • UMW Education Abroad fee

NOT Included

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Supplemental meals or snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Immunizations
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Health Information

International travel may require immunizations or preventative medicines. Please refer to the US Center for Disease Control’s Traveler’s Health Information Page for recommendations. The UMW Health Center provides free travel consultations by appointment, as well as travel information for UMW students. The Center for International Education recommends that each student have a personalized medical consultation prior to international travel.

This program includes moderate amounts of walking each day.




For four weeks this summer, you have the chance to explore the enchanting city of Dublin, Ireland at the Dublin City University (DCU) International Summer School taking courses in Irish literature,  politics, society, and culture. You will be joined by Dr. Gary Richards of UMW’s Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication.  Courses are hosted at DCU’s All Hallows Campus, a campus from a different era with spectacular architecture and a quaint atmosphere, but still less than 20 minutes from the heart of Dublin. Students will have the opportunity to study in Ireland’s capital city and explore the beautiful island at large, including Northern Ireland, with multiple academic and cultural field trips throughout the program.

Possible excursions include:

  • Weekend in Galway, Ireland
  • Kilmainham Jail and museum – the place where the leaders of the 1916 Rebellion were executed.
  • Islandbridge Memorial Gardens – national memorial site devoted to those Irishmen killed in World War One.
  • Glasnevin Cemetery and interpretative centre – burial place of some of the most significant names in Irish history
  • Dail Eireann – the Irish parliament – meet leading Irish politicians from a range of political parties.
  • Croke Park Museum – museum devoted to the history of the Gaelic Athletic Association.
  • Theatre Trip – normally to the national theatre, The Abbey, but another venue may be chosen if a particular current production seems more relevant.
  • Northern Ireland – to see some of the most famous sites of the conflict itself, to meet former IRA and loyalist prisoners who were directly involved in the conflict, and to meet some of those involved in the peace process.


Students will be housed in single rooms on-campus with shared bathrooms and kitchen. A meal plan is also included.


Students will earn 6 transfer credits for two 3-credit courses at the Dublin City University (DCU) International Summer School. Students will be enrolled in two courses: James Joyce and William Faulkner: Modernism at the Margins taught by UMW’s Dr. Gary Richards and the DCU course Ireland: Politics, Society and Culture.

This course satisfies the Experiential Learning OR Global Inquiry general education requirement by contract with the professor only.

Requirements & Prerequisites

There are no specific prerequisites for this program. Students must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA in order to participate. As per UMW credit transfer policies, a grade of C or above is required for courses taught abroad to transfer back to UMW.  This program is open to all UMW students regardless of major or year of study. It is also open to non-UMW students.


Faculty-Led Program Scholarships are available to UMW students (deadlines apply).


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