Dublin, Ireland & Derry, Northern Ireland 2017

Travel Dates: June 9-24, 2017

Deadline for Application: February 1, 2017

Summer break, 6 credits


Students must enroll in both

-ENG-T 190 (Literary and Intellectual Traditions: Everybody’s Irish: Uncovering Plastic Paddys and “Real” Irishmen) (3 credits)


-POLS-B 399 (Human Behavior and Social Institutions: Urban Politics and Policy) (3 credits).

Both courses count toward the common core component of the IU South Bend General Education requirements.

ENG-T 190 focuses on Irish literature, history, and culture, while in POLS-B 399 students will study Dublin and Derry in the context of global cities and urban development. The historical and literary grounding of ENG-T190 will provide a strong basis to analyze the modern Irish identity and Ireland’s place in the world, particularly the examination of some of the major cities in Ireland (Dublin and Derry) in their efforts to be seen as “global” cities—the subject of the partner course (POLS-B399). Students will apply their theories and knowledge firsthand when visiting Dublin and Derry as part of this study abroad trip.

Students will spend the first four weeks of the semester in South Bend, with travel to Ireland, and continued on-site classroom instruction, continuing for the final two weeks of Summer Session I.

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Program and Activities:

Students traveling on the Ireland trip will visit Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland, and Derry, a city in Northern Ireland deeply affected by the more recent “Troubles” with England. Each city offers a differing perspective of “Irishness” and shows varying levels of comfort with their modern hybrid identity. Even the current design of the two cities and how they have chosen to retain, destroy, or repurpose historical buildings and structures reflect how urban landscapes change as a reaction to political and economic forces, driven by historical and cultural events.

While in Ireland and Northern Ireland, students will explore (and report on) sites related to their coursework, including national museums, historic houses and cathedrals, a castle, the Irish Parliament, and more contemporary developments—such as Google’s headquarters in Europe—in both cities. All tours will be guided by Irish scholars and experts in the field, many of whom have relatives who directly participated in the historic events we will study.



Highlights include:


  • Personalized city tour with Dr. Frank Cullen, Irish historian and author of Dublin, 1847: City of Ordnance Survey (Royal Irish Academy): Highlights of the tour include a fascinating history of the area surrounding and architecture of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin City Hall, and remaining 18th Century houses and the stories of the people who lived there.
  • Tour of the Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship: Exact reproduction of an actual “Famine ship” used to transport Irish people to America and Canada during the Great Famine along with the history and selected stories of the ship’s crew and passengers.
  • Malahide Castle: One of Ireland’s oldest castles dating back to the 12th century (40 minutes by train from Dublin).
  • Tour of Leinster House: Seat of the Irish parliament (18th century building and the architectural inspiration for the White House).
  • Tour of North Wall/International Financial Services Center and Grand Canal dockland development: Home to Google’s EU headquarters and other major businesses.
  • The Church Bar and Restaurant: Evening of Irish music, dancing, and food at modern bar and restaurant housed in restored 300-year-old Catholic church.

Students Presenting by Duke of Wellington Monument


  • Tour of the City Walls and Derry: Guided tour from Catholic and Protestant graduate students in history who grew up in Derry of the still intact walled city from atop the city walls, providing a history of the “troubles” and views of the murals created during the fighting.

Hampton Court Guide


This fee includes airfare, instructional fees, lodging, entrance fees to attractions, breakfast, and travel in Dublin and Derry. This fee does not include tuition for the six credit hours. Students must also purchase student health insurance for $29.90.



All loans, grants, and scholarships for which participants are eligible at Indiana University can also be used for the Ireland program. Competitive study abroad scholarships are available and can be applied to program costs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships Study Abroad page for more information.

Students at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich


Student participants must have passed ENG-W131 with a “C” or above. There will be no language requirement as the main language in Ireland is English. Students enrolled at any Indiana University campus may apply.


Applications are due February 1, 2017.  A non-refundable deposit of $300 is due by Monday, February 27, with the balance to be paid in full or by commitment from Financial Aid before departure. Charges for full airfare and other trip costs will be posted to student accounts and may be non-refundable after April 15. Please apply early as space is limited.


Applications are available online and from the Office of International Programs or the trip leader. Any student desiring to participate in the program should contact:

Shawn Nichols-Boyle, Dept. of English
Trip Co-Leader
Office: Wiekamp 3161
(574) 520-4360


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