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Loyola Irish Studies Program 2018trinity

In 2016, the Republic of Ireland celebrated the 100 year anniversary of the Easter Rising, the pivotal point in Irish history that eventually led to independence from England. The Irish air will be alive with history as we visit key locales connected to the Easter Rising and all of Irish history.

Study Irish literature, film, and conflict resolution in the heart of the Hibernian Metropolis. Students will have the opportunity to visit the places writers such as James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, and W.B. Yeats lived and worked. Trips in the country will include visits to Belfast and Sligo.

Loyola University New Orleans' Summer Program at Trinity College in Ireland is open to all students in good standing at Loyola or at their home university. Students study Irish film, social problems, James Joyce, and creative writing.

Accommodations at Trinity College, the oldest college in Ireland, include single rooms in suites with living rooms and cooking arrangements. Baths are shared with one other suite. The program provides trips to the National Museum, the National Gallery of Ireland, several Joyce museums, and other sites. Students also see a play at the Abbey theater, and take two weekend trips - one to Sligo to study Yeats and Irish myth, and one to Belfast to study conflict resolution. Students have a free weekend to travel on their own. 

Students must arrive before 12 p.m. on June 24 to attend an on-site orientation. 

The program is directed by Robert Bell.

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Students take 2 courses.

9 - 9:50 a.m.: James Joyce
10 - 10:50 a.m.: Social Problems
11 - 11:50 a.m.: Film Classes

T.B.D.: Travel Writing

Course descriptions can be found here.

Program Costs

The program costs $5,000, plus airfare and spending money. A deposit of $500 is due with the application form. There is no refund on the deposit. The deadline for final payment is April 1. After this date, there will be no program refund unless the dropout is able to find a replacement. After May 1, there is no refund. The program suggests that students get travel insurance to cover the cost of the program in case their plans change and they cancel. Program cost covers room, breakfast, two Loyola courses, walking tours and museum trips, and two weekend trips. Students will need a minimum of $750 for personal expenses if they remain in Dublin during free weekends.  For week-end travel, students will need additional funds to cover those costs.

Note that certain hotel and travel vendors are paid directly by the university in Euros rather than in dollars. If the Euro strengthens to $1.30, students may be asked to pay an additional surcharge on or before April 1, 2018. However, any student who withdraws from the program because he or she is unwilling to pay the surcharge will receive a full refund of any funds already paid to the university.

Students will need money for food, entertainment, and optional travel. In addition, all study abroad students must pay the university study abroad fee of $300, billed separately through Student Finance. Scholarships are available for students in the College of Arts and Sciences with competitive application.

Please see the budget sheet for detailed information

Academic Policies

Loyola University New Orleans’ Summer Program at Trinity College in Ireland is open to all students in good standing.  Loyola’s general academic policies apply to study abroad programs. Because of the time frame, students must attend all classes and trips in order to fulfill the requirements for the courses. If any classes or trips are missed, the student’s grade will be lowered for each class or trip missed. All classes have finals that are traditionally marked.

Any student currently enrolled and in good standing at an accredited institution may register for the Ireland program.

Students must check with their academic departments to determine how credits and/or grades will be accepted toward graduation requirements at their institution.

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Passports and Visas

In order to attend the program, students must have valid, up-to-date passports and any necessary visas. U.S. citizens do not need visas for Ireland, but citizens of other countries may need one. It is up to all students not holding U.S. passports to check with the nearest Irish Consulate about the necessary visas. The following website also provides visa information:

Medical Concerns

The Center for International Education (CIE) will be happy to discuss health care concerns you may have related to study abroad. Because of the particular challenges, both mental and physical, that integration into a new culture and learning environment place on an individual, if you are currently receiving treatment for any chronic illness it is strongly recommended that you talk with CIE or your doctor about plans to manage your health condition abroad.

This program includes activities that may involve using public transportation, negotiating stairs, taking long walks, and attending scheduled classes. If you have any concerns about your ability to perform any of these activities or have other special needs or disability-related concerns, contact CIE at or (504) 864-7550.


Robert Bell is the director for Learning Resources and Writing Across the Curriculum at Loyola. He teaches first-year English and 20th-century literature.  He will be teaching the film courses.

Mary McCay, Professor Emeritus,  is the former Landrieu Distinguished Teaching Professor at Loyola.  She will be teaching James Joyce and Travel Writing, and is the founding director. 

Carol Ann McGregor, Assistant Professor of Sociology, spent time as a visiting research scholar at the Geary Institute of University College Dublin, while earning a Ph.D. at Princeton.

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Click here to download the 2018 Ireland Brochure 

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