This program offers students the opportunity to explore Ireland through film/media and literature. Literature has occupied a unique place in Irish culture, with many of the big names in English-language literature hailing from the island, including such famous writers as Swift, Wilde, Yeats, Joyce, and Gregory. Irish film rose to prominence during the economic boom known as the Celtic Tiger, which lasted from the 1990s through 2008. Students will have the opportunity to explore classics and engage contemporary works. Perhaps most exciting is that students will have the opportunity to meet authors and filmmakers in the classroom. In the past we have had the chance to meet the writers Colm Tóibín, Paul Murray, Kevin Barry, and Belinda McKeon. Screenwriter and actor Mark O'Halloran will most likely join us again. We have also had the great opportunity to meet with Senator David Norris and hope to meet him again. Students will have the chance to read literature and screen films in the context in which they were produced and to meet with the people creating them. Students will learn about the formal, historical, and political analysis of cultural works as well as about the craft of writing and filmmaking. Ireland has a rich tradition of both English-language and Irish-language culture and students will have the chance to explore both traditions.The course will begin with a week-long stay in a remote Irish speaking region of Waterford before returning to Dublin. We will also see Galway and the Aran Islands and students will have the chance to explore other parts of the island on mini-excursions. We will explore gorgeous islands and cliffs, small villages, and bike trails on abandoned train tracks. Students will visit a farm and meet puppies, piglets, and goats. They will learn to bake bread and get to go bog diving!

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: November 1, 2019
  • Application Deadline: December 3, 2019
  • Application Extension Deadline: January 15, 2020
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 before the 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.

Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
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
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

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. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.
Other Requirements
  • Possible Student Challenges: We are a very physical and dynamic program, we are always on the go. We have hikes, and bikes rides, and lots of city walking. Students should be comfortable with staying in hostels, with getting mucked up in the country, with playing sports and getting rained on, with Irish dancing, and with cleaning up and heading to the theater or an art show.


Having taught the course for 9 summers, we are very well connected with writers, artists, filmmakers, historians, academics, grad students, musicians and others. A key part of the course is having these people come to share their expertise with our students.These people are eager to talk about cultural similarities and differences with the US. Further, students will meet others from around the world as summer in Ireland draws visitors from every corner of the globe. Beyond this students live in dorms at an Irish university and take courses in the heart of the city. As an added bonus this year, we will spend a week at an immersive language school in the Waterford Gaeltacht, one of the Irish-speaking parts of the island. The Gaeltacht course is designed to immerse students in the life of Irish-speaking Ireland. We will also spend time in Cork, Galway, and the Aran Islands. By combining this intimate knowledge of the country and its history as well as such a rich variety of cultural practitioners, students will have the chance to experience Irish literature, culture, and film as a living tradition. Students will automatically be 1/2 way to an English minor after the Dialogue. They will also have an excellent introduction to further studies in literature, film/media, and the humanities. There are a number of ways to return to Ireland, including international coop and study abroad and students will be well equipped to pursue these opportunities.

  • ENGL2600 - Irish Literary Culture Abroad : (Interpreting Culture (IC) and Integrating Knowledge and Skills Through Experience (EX) NUPath) Explores Irish writers from the nineteenth century through the present. Emphasizes their relationships to contemporary Irish society. Explores the formal traditions of Irish writing as well as the historical, political, and cultural discourses that Irish writing has both helped to shape and within which the writing circulates. As the course takes place in Dublin during the summer term, offers students an opportunity to meet living Irish writers who talk about their relationship to the literary tradition and their own craft. Covers writers such as Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, Kate O’Brien, Colm Tóibín, Anne Enright, Paul Murray, Kevin Barry, and Maeve Binchy.
  • ENGL3487 - Film and Text Abroad : (Interpreting Culture (IC) and Integrating Knowledge and Skills Through Experience (EX) NUPath) Studies the similarities and differences between literary texts and film versions of those texts or the interrelations between film and literature as a means of cultural expression in a specific country outside the United States. May be repeated without limit.


Northeastern Tuition: Summer term tuition as published by Northeastern
Dialogue of Civilizations Fee: $1,250
  • Northeastern Tuition and DOC Fee Includes: 8 Northeastern credits, international roundtrip airfare from Boston, accommodations for program duration, international security and emergency support, and program related expenses (local transportation, field trips, excursions and group meals)

Additional Expense - Meals and Incidentals: $1,390-2,085
  • Students should anticipate spending this estimated amount during the program for meals and incidentals.

    If necessary, students may incur additional fees for visa costs and travel to consulates or embassies to obtain the visa. If you have questions about costs you may incur while participating in this program, please ask your GEO advisor.

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


The goal of the program is to immerse students in Irish culture and history, with particular emphasis on how contemporary cultural producers connect with that culture in history in their current works. Ireland is currently experiencing a kind of cultural boom and given Brexit, it is emerging as a key player in the European Union–it will for instance be the only English language country in Europe if Brexit follows through and we are already seeing the political and economic effects of this. Culture has always been a key way in which Ireland has presented itself and connected to the globe and for such a small country has produced an impressive literary tradition. This cultural tradition is essential for understanding Ireland’s new role in Europe and the world. Ireland is thus a key cosmopolitan site in the European Union and also a wonderfully unique place with incredible locales embedded in the remote countryside.

The U.S. State Department lists travel advisories, local laws, alerts from the embassy, and other important information about Ireland here. Please review this information before applying.


  • Hostel: They will start off in a hostel in Dublin in the city center. In Cork, students will again be staying in hostel and smaller inns as we travel to the small villages of West Cork. In Galway, students will also be staying in a hostel.  
  • University Housing: They will spend about a week in a boarding school in the south by the sea in Waterford. At the school they will have a shared house–one for women, one for men, and we will share all of our meals in a dining room. In Dublin, for the bulk of their stay, student will be living in student housing at University College Dublin. They will have 6 person apartments with private en suite rooms and they will share a living room and kitchen.

Host University or Organization

Students will be staying at Colaiste na Rinne in County Waterford and will have the wonderful support of the College for our first week. They will then be staying in student housing at University College Dublin where they will have access to laundry, a cafeteria and university cafes, a gym, and many summer campus activities including film, music, and Irish sports.

Faculty Advisor