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  • Locations: Dublin, Ireland; Galway, Ireland; Lisdoonvarna, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Program Cost:: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
English Credit Level: Undergraduate
Instructor-led: Yes Capstone: Yes
Program Description:


This program will be (tentatively) offered next in summer 2018. It will not be offered in summer 2017. Interested students are encouraged to begin a summer 2018 application once this term becomes available. 

It may be very significant that the Irish language had no equivalent for the English word “emigrant,” with its voluntary and emotionally neutral connotations.  Rather, the Irish word primarily used to describe one who left Ireland has been deoraí, the literal meaning of which is “exile.”  In Old Irish the form deoraid was a legal term referring to a person without property, and, . . . the word also implied a person without kinfolk or social “place”—an outsider, a stranger, even an outlaw. (Miller 105)
This program is centered around the Capstone course,The Myth of Ireland: Literature, Culture, and History, and it involves travel to four locations in Ireland: Dublin, Lisdoonvarna, the western Island Inishbofin, and Galway. Throughout the time abroad, students will visit Irish cultural landmarks while studying key works of Irish literature and often traveling to the places that inspired them. The course examines the development of modern Ireland through literature, focusing on issues including Irish-American immigration, “the Troubles,” and the relationship between urban and rural areas in Ireland.

Dr. James O'Loughlin, Associate Professor

Department: Languages and Literatures
Phone: 319-273-2002
Campus Address: BAR 2046

CAP 3159: The Myth of Ireland: Literature, Culture, & History (3 credit hours)

This class focuses on Irish and Irish American literature, taking advantage whenever possible of Irish locations that relate to the material.  The course examines the development of modern Ireland through literature, focusing on issues including Irish-American immigration, “the Troubles,” and the relationship between urban and rural areas in Ireland. 

This course is cross-listed as an English literature course. If you wish to receive this credit, notify the Study Abroad Center.

Participation in this program requires several class meetings throughout the spring semester. Please contact the program's course leader for more information.  



  • In order to receive Capstone credit, program participants must have completed 60 credits hours prior to the program's course start date (i.e. be of Junior standing). Students who participate in capstone programs without meeting the credit hour prerequisite will receive elective credit. In this instance, students should consult with their academic advisor(s) regarding how the elective credit fits into their specific plans of study. 
  • Students planning to participate in the spring commencement ceremony in May can enroll in this summer term program, however, their degree will not be conferred until the end of the summer term and is contingent on the successful completion of the program and all required coursework.
  • Students attending colleges and universities other than UNI are welcome to participate in this program. If you are not currently a UNI student, but would like to participate in this program, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.
  • Capstone courses cannot be repeated. If you have previously taken the program's capstone course, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.
Sample itinerary is subject to change.

Day 1: Arrive in Dublin

Day 2-5: Class and Dublin sight-seeing: walking tour, Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tour, Chester Beatty Library, Kilmainham Gaol, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Guinness Store House, National Museum of Archeology, Abbey Theatre Performance. 

Day 6: Travel to Listoonvarna

Day 7: Class; visit Cliffs of Moher and the Burren National Park

Day 8: Travel to Island of Inishbofin; walking tour

Day 9: Class; walking tour of island

Day 10: Tour and explore island

Day 11: Archeological tour

Day 12: Travel to Galway; walking tour

Day 13: Free day in Galway; evening Galway Cathedral concert

Day 14: Claddagh walking tour

Day 15: Visit by poet Joan McBreen

Day 16: Travel to Dublin; GAA Gaelic Football game

Day 17: Celtic Tiger walking tour

Day 18: Depart from Dublin; Return to U. S.

Students will stay in a hotel or hostel arranged by the Study Abroad Center and paid for before departure.  Most meals will be paid for by students out-of-pocket while abroad. Only a few meals are built into the cost of the program.  Students are encouraged to try the local foods.

Program Ratings:
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Program Value:
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Cultural Experiences:
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Overall Learning:
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.