IRELAND: Irish Society, Literature and Film

Dublin, Ireland

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Dates

  • Summer 1 Semester - May 20 - June 20, 2015 (dates subject to change)

Application Deadline

  • Summer 1 Semester - Priority Deadline: November 15, 2014

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.

Description

Faculty Leader: Patrick Mullen (p.mullen@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (k.pruess@neu.edu)

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • ENGL3487: Film and Text Abroad: Irish Cinema
  • ENGL2600: Irish Literary Culture Abroad

Description:

In this program students will be introduced to modern Irish culture and society through its vibrant traditions of literature and film.  Students will focus on the exploration of Irish novels, short stories, and films using these as gateways to explore the island’s history, politics, monuments, architecture, landscapes, music, food, and folk culture.  Literature has long held a uniquely important place in Ireland, so students will have the opportunity to read Irish greats such as Wilde, Yeats, and Joyce, and modern prize-winners such as Seamus Heaney, Roddy Doyle, Anne Enright, and Colm Toibín.  Students will learn techniques of literary analysis and discover how literature situates itself in the rich life of the island.  Irish film production took off in the 1990s, but the explosion that brought the world powerful films such as In the Name of the Father and The Magdalene Laundries grew out of a long relationship between Ireland and cinema.  Students will be invited to explore this cinematic history as well as contemporary film production both experimental and mainstream.

Courses

  • ENGL3487: Film and Text Abroad: Irish Cinema
  • ENGL2600: Irish Literary Culture Abroad

Host University

We work with both Boston College Dublin and University College Dublin.  Students will find a fully functioning support system with local knowledge and global access.

Eligibility Requirements

  • They must be ready for physical outdoor activities as the program is always on the go.
  • Students must submit along with their regular application essays a letter of recommendation from an instructor speaking to their intellectual preparedness as well as emotional maturity.

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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Cost

Tuition: $10,634

DOC Fee: $2,000

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

Accommodations

Students will be staying on the campus of University College Dublin (UCD), a short 15-minute bus ride from the center of town.  We have reserved 6 person suites with private rooms and a kitchenette.  There is campus security and the dorms and the suites both have restricted access.  UCD hosts students from all over the world during the summer and schedules an exciting array of campus activities.  Students will be able to cook food and do laundry on campus.

Destination

Céad Mile Fáilte—A thousand welcomes…

Ireland means so many different things to so many different people: land of lore and legend, leprechauns and fairies, the old country that so many Americans trace their roots to; the roaring Celtic tiger that now finds itself under the critical care of Angela Merkel and the European Union; home of world-class writers such as Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, W.B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland and Anne Enright; the field of the world’s fastest sport, hurling, and Gaelic football, and one of the best places to surf on earth, famous hospitality and witty talk, the birthplace of Guinness and the celebrated craic (Irish for fun). This Dialogue will introduce you to it all: Ireland ancient and modern, rural and urban, cultural and economic, serious and playful. You will spend 5 weeks in the country’s capital, Dublin, an ancient Viking city, and travel to the wild west to Galway City and the Aran islands. You will meet famous writers and filmmakers, play Irish sports, learn to pull a pint, see some of the best films you’ve ever seen, read books that you will force your friends and families to read, you’ll learn about strengths you never had, and you’ll have an experience that will change your life. Come to Ireland!