Explore the scenic Irish countryside while deepening your artistic understanding and practice. In Ireland, you will experience cultural and physical differences in landscape and people which will inspire your imagination and help interpret your experiences in a unique way. This program is ideal for anyone interested in an immersive art experience, including art majors and minors. All students have their own studios, and you will be able to work in any medium. View the unique limestone landscape in the Burren that takes on arctic and tropical features. Though this dialogue you will learn the concept of connecting art to place and also about the Irish culture. Enjoy a special trip to Aran Islands, Galway and Dublin. Students need to be prepared for some Hiking and many weather changes.

DOC: Art in Ireland

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: October 20, 2017
  • * Priority Deadline: December 3, 2017
  • Application Deadline: February 1, 2018
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • $500 non-refundable deposit: Deposits must be paid through NUPay. Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.
  • Photocopy of Passport: This is to be given to your faculty leader after acceptance.
  • Faculty Interview: Faculty will schedule interviews with applicants of interest to determine acceptance. The interviews can occur anytime between the priority and final deadline.
  • Essay Questions: Answer each question in 2-3 paragraphs (completed online via GEO application).
    • What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    • How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    • What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    • What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

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

* Priority Deadline: All students that apply by the priority deadline will be considered for admission, as all dialogues remain open until the priority deadline. After the priority deadline, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the program fills. Programs are subject to close anytime between the priority deadline and the application deadline when a program receives the maximum number of students.

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Once you have been accepted into the program and your the flight and accommodation details have been shared with you, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
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  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

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Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.


The first week of this program focus on the basic principles and concepts of art-making. During the last three weeks of the program, you will work intensively on your final project and then exhibit it. The courses for which you will earn credit depend on the final project and medium you use choose.

  • ARTE2500 - Art Explorations (Processes) : Art Explorations in Ireland provides students with an intensive introduction to the arts and the surrounding Irish landscape. During the first week, there will be lectures, hikes, and tours of the local area to familiarize students with our location, including a brief trip to the nearby Aran Islands. During this time, students will be required to complete three projects that are structured and graded along with discussion of readings from “The Accidental Masterpiece”. Ongoing journal entries each day in response to the assignments will be required. After our shared exploration of art in the context of our surroundings, students will decide on their final project in consultation with the instructor. The project and medium students choose at this time will determine the courses for which student will receive credit on this program: Art Degree Project 2 ARTS 4541 Drawing in Mixed Media ARTS 3449 Figure Drawing ARTS 2341 Painting Basics ARTS 2340 Sculpture Basics ARTS 2330 Observational Drawing ARTF 1120 Conceptual Drawing ARTF1121 2D Fundamentals ARTF 1122 3D Fundamentals ARTF 1124 Experience/Drawing ARTF 2223 Photography (non-majors) ARTD 2350 – with instructor approval This structure allows students maximum flexibility in selecting the courses that are most relevant for their degrees. After finalizing their projects, students will have 24/7 access to their own studios where they can work their own pace. Completion and exhibition of their final project is a requirement of the course. Lectures by a local historian and other guest speakers are interspersed throughout the four weeks in the country. Students pursuing an art minor are encouraged to participate in the Summer 2 Dialogue as well, on which they would earn an additional 8 credits (4-credit Art, History and Culture in Ireland plus an additional 4-hour studio course).
  • ARTE2500 - Art Explorations (Research Project) : Development of a project based on your own ideas and experiences in the Irish landscape in any medium.


Northeastern Tuition: $12,140
Dialogue of Civilizations Fee: $1,500
  • Northeastern Tuition and DOC Fee Includes: 8 Northeastern credits, accommodation for program duration, international security and emergency support, and program related expenses (local transportation, field trips, excursions and group meals)

International Airfare: $861.41 (Approximately)
  • This program allows students greater flexibility in dates of travel and departure airports.  Once the program is fully enrolled, students will be able to purchase their airfare individually through a dedicated Northeastern portal of STA – Student Travel Agency.  Please do not purchase your airfare until you have received detailed instructions from GEO!

Additional Expenses: $1,224
  • Students should anticipate spending the following out of pocket expenses during the program: $981 on meals and $243 on incidentals.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Dialogue of Civilizations programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!


Ballyvaughn, County Clare; Smack dab on the west coast of Ireland, beaches and the Cliff of Moher nearby. Great for biking and hiking and working (in your own studio). Extremely beautiful landscape.


  • Cottage: Small Irish cottage with own facilities for cooking . W/D This is a wonderful accommodation near town and local supermarket. We usually eat lunch on campus in the café but you can also bring your own.

Host University or Organization

The Burren College of Art provides studio space, computer labs, power tools, library, café, transportation to and from town and some sun and rain. Bring your slicker and hiking boots. Art supply store on campus as well as a gallery and lecture hall. Chickens and cows in your backyard as well. Amazing Gothic landscape.

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