IRELAND: Studio Art, History, and Culture in Ireland

Ballyvaughn, Ireland

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  • Summer 2 Semester - July 4 - August 3, 2014 (dates subject to change)

Application Deadline

  • Summer 2 Semester - Priority Deadline: November 15, 2013

Priority deadline is November 15th with a final deadline of January 26th. Program accepting applications until filled and is subject to close at any time.


Faculty Leader: Mira Cantor (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (

Information Session: January 22, 2014, 5:15 pm, 399 Ryder Hall

Term: Summer II


  • ARTE2500 Art + Design Abroad: Studio - Art Studio in Ireland
  • ARTE2501 Art and Design Abroad: History - History and Culture in Ireland


This is a 4 weeks studio hands on experience where students are provided a studio to create a project using any art medium. The first week is very structured by the faculty. Students will participate in a series of exercises, hike, listen to lectures and discuss readings. Weekend: to Aran Islands. The second week students discuss their projects and begin working on them. There are intense critiques every other day by faculty. Weekend :a day at the Galway Arts Festival. The third week the work continues with Celli dancing and lectures in between. The fourth week we prepare for the final exhibition of all student work.  Weekend: Dublin

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  • ARTE2500 Art + Design Abroad: Studio - Art Studio in Ireland
  • ARTE2501 Art and Design Abroad: History - History and Culture in Ireland

Host University

The Burren College of Art nestled on Galway Bay on the Western Coast of Ireland

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Students should have prior experience in making art or have already taken courses in the foundation area in the Department of Art+Design. Others should have the permission of instructors.

Application Procedure

    • Online Dialogue of Civilizations application (available on OISP website and myNEU)
    • $500 non-refundable program deposit paid through NUPay.* Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.**
    • One copy of passport ID page – to be given directly to your faculty leader after acceptance.
    • 2-3 page essay answering the following questions (copy and pasted into online application):
    1. What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    2. How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    3. What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    4. What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

    *If you are not accepted into your Dialogue program, the $500 deposit will be credited to your student account.

    **Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

    **Faculty may require additional information and/or interview (after application deadline)

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Tuition: $10,195

DOC Fee: $2,500

Tuition and DOC Fee cover 8 Northeastern credits, round-trip airfare from Boston, housing for program duration, International SOS assistance, as well as some local transport, excursions and group meals.


All students will reside in a beautiful facility called Orchard House where laundry and internet are provided, There is a large kitchen. Food is NOT provided but students can shop nearby for groceries. House is located between the studios and the town; about ½ mile in each direction.


Ballyvaughn is nestled in an unusal spot on Galway Bay called The Burren which means “rocky place”. This glacier which is left over from the ice age is a limestone mountain zone covered with wild flowers. It is also used as grazing land for cattle and sheep. There are trails for hiking and exploring this untouched landscape. The wind and rain can be formidable but the sun brings in spectacular colors and light that is breathtaking; all in the same day. It is a place for creativity and thought within an inspiring landscape. The Burren College provides each student with a  6 x 12 foot studio space.

A trip to the Aran Islands gives us a real sense of isolation and the struggles and survival skills of the Irish people. We visit two of the three islands where we note the incredibly high rock walls that are hand built and the simple daily tasks of survival.

In Dublin, the contrast of the city makes one realize the stark differences in country life. We spend 2 nights looking at museums and important historic sites that relate to Irish history.e.g the Book of Kells, the Kilamainham Gaol, and the National Museum.