• Clear interest and commitment
• Demonstrated preparedness/maturity
• Minimum 3.0 GPA (flexible depending on specific circumstances)
• Good academic and disciplinary standing
• Sophomore, junior, or senior standing at the time the program begins
• Faculty approval
• Participation in orientation programming
• Late February
Check the 'Costs' section under the Application tab.
Gerard Manley Hopkins writing desk
Newman House, Dublin
The Irish Writing Program is a rigorous creative writing program requiring some talent, but most importantly, commitment and discipline. Its goal is to help aspiring writers become better at their craft. University of Iowa students and non-UI students are welcome to apply to the program.
The program has two components: writing workshops and an interdisciplinary Irish literature & culture course. It offers six semester hours of credit. Grades are issued by the University of Iowa on a University of Iowa transcript.
The creative writing workshop converts to CNW:3644 (Dublin Writing Workshop) and applies to the Non-Fiction & Creative Writing area of the University of Iowa English major and the Writing in Context focused elective for the Certificate in Writing. The literature & drama course converts to ENGL:3520 (Literature & Culture of the 20th Century) and fulfills the Transnational & Post-Colonial area of the English major.
See below for the preliminary syllabi for the Summer 2018 session of the program. The course content is subject to change until the program begins.
Classroom of James Joyce
Newman House, Dublin
Writing workshops are held three times a week. Workshop hours may be increased to facilitate the workload. The interdisciplinary literature and culture course also meets three times a week. Classes and workshops are held Monday - Thursday. No classes are held on Fridays.
Participants are awarded US letter grades on a University of Iowa transcript.
Each course provides 3 semester hours (s.h.) of UI resident credit. Students earn a total of 6 s.h. for participation in this program.
Assessment for the Irish literature & culture module will consist of class participation, 2 midterm papers, and 2 final papers. Assessment for the writing workshops is continuous and consists of class participation, completion of assignments, student-teacher conferences, and effort and development over the course of the summer.
Unless UI Study Abroad has an approval on file for the courses you take abroad to be applied toward a specific major, minor, certificate, or general education requirement, you will receive general elective credit for your course.
If you plan to apply the credit you receive for your program course to a major, minor, certificate, or general education requirement, contact Cory Petersen at firstname.lastname@example.org for details on the process.
Phillip H. Round is the John C. Gerber Chair in English at the University of Iowa. He has written three books, including The Impossible Land: Story and Place in California’s Imperial Valley (New Mexico, 2008), a non-fiction account of his southwest desert homeland. More recently, Professor Round was awarded the James Russell Lowell Prize for Removable Type, a study of American Indian books and writing in the nineteenth century. The prize is awarded annually for an outstanding book—literary or linguistic study, critical edition, or critical biography—written by one of the 30,000 members of the association. Round is the 42nd recipient of the award and the first ever faculty member from the University of Iowa to be so honored.
In addition to numerous scholarly articles, Professor Round is a regular reviewer for Public Books, a curated online literary journal. He is also the author of the blog The Repatriation Files, a forum dedicated to issues of Native American cultural sovereignty.
Professor Round has been awarded two Fulbrights (Portugal 1996 and Spain 2009) and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013.
The workshops meet three times a week for six weeks and are taught by Irish writers. In addition to having their work critiqued in class, students will receive written analyses of class work. Emphasis is placed on how to read closely and how to get (and give) the best constructive criticism. Students' work will be sent to the Academic Director for evaluation at the time they apply to the Irish Writing Program. Students will bring work-in-progress with them and also write new material during the program.
Students write assignments of varying lengths, both short (about one page) and long (about fifteen pages). Students must follow the page-length guidelines closely. In all, students produce about one hundred pages of new work during the writing program. Workshop schedules are organized to ensure that this is an easy goal to achieve.
Because student work is at the heart of the workshop, writing assignments are obligatory. Students must deliver assignments on time. Late work is not accepted.
Photo by Jim Tade
Doorway, Kenmare, Co. Kerry
An appreciation of Irish literature and culture is inextricably bound to a familiarity with Irish history. This interdisciplinary course will examine Irish literature, drama, visual arts, cinema, music, history, and culture. It will introduce students to a variety of Irish writers, ranging from the modernist authors, Joyce and Yeats, to contemporary poetry, prose, and drama.
The 20th century saw Ireland emerge as a free State in 1922, achieve the status of Republic in 1948, and join the EEC in 1970. Partition in 1926 resulted in Northern Ireland remaining part of Britain, including within its borders a sizeable nationalist minority. These political developments with their ensuing periods of violence created different conditions for writing north and south of the border. Over the last thirty years, the modernization of the Irish economy has led to conflict between church and state over national morality, and this conflict has led to a pronounced urban/rural divide, and a general feeling among women that the state has not always operated in their best interests. These political and social changes have given rise to rich, experimental works of literature that challenge the fundamental concepts of selfhood and identity along national, gender, and religious lines.
Irish theatre has emerged from specific cultural, social, and political contexts since the early part of this century when the Abbey Theatre housed J.M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World and Sean O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock. Both of these plays provided the impetus and the extraordinary dramaturgical templates for most of the Irish playwrights that followed them. Irish theatre has never evaded the politics of nation. The emergence, relative stagnation, and the most recent advances of the Southern Irish State and the tensions and politics of the Northern Irish Troubles combine to make Irish theatre practices internationally respected.
Sample reading list (from a previous program — this will vary according to the tastes and interests of the instructors):
Photo by Jim Tade
Harbor at Portmagee, Co. Kerry
A welcome meal and farewell dinner will be provided as part of the course fee, and the program allows for a variety of opportunities to get acquainted with Dublin and its environs.
Students can plan to have weekends free to get to know the city and the rest of Ireland. During the program, participants are free to travel outside of Dublin and its suburbs. However, the program strongly suggests that no more than 2-3 weekends of travel are taken. More travel may hinder a participant's work and performance in the program.
Dublin serves as the perfect hub for travel around Ireland and the rest of Western Europe. Day tour options include: an introductory tour of the capital city focusing on important areas of cultural and historic interest, tours of the James Joyce Museum, the Joyce Tower in nearby Sandycove, and the Book of Kells at the Trinity College Library. Longer weekend trips to Western Ireland, Galway, Belfast, London, Edinburgh, and many other regional cities are possible- or even farther if you’re feeling adventurous!
The 2018 Irish Writing Program dates are as follows: May 31, 2018 - July 14, 2018.
After the program ends, students are free to depart from Ireland immediately or to travel independently.
Bray Head, Co. Kerry
Sr. Advisor & Program Coordinator
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1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
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The Irish Writing Program takes place on the University College Dublin (UCD) campus in the Belfield section of Dublin, where students are housed and classes are taught.
UCD was founded in 1854 as a place of higher learning which allowed Catholics to attend. It was originally located in the city center, but due to its popularity and rapid growth, UCD relocated to its current large campus about 2.5 miles south of central Dublin. UCD is a comprehensive university and, at 25,000 students, is Ireland's largest. The campus is nicely landscaped and there are numerous playing fields. Notable UCD students include Gerard Manley Hopkins and James Joyce.
Dublin is a vibrant, European capital city of historical and cultural importance. From its many theaters to its beautiful parks to its friendly, cozy pubs, Dublin is an excellent place to be educated and entertained.
Grafton Street busker, Dublin
Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic Ocean. The country of Ireland (properly referred to as the Republic of Ireland) shares the island with Northern Ireland. The Republic of Ireland is an independent country that is a member of the European Union. Northern Ireland is the name of the other country on Ireland, and is a member of the United Kingdom along with Scotland, Wales, and England.
Ireland is a nation of about 550,000 people. Ireland’s friendly population, gorgeous natural environment, unique culture, and rich history make it a fantastic place to study. Ireland’s contribution to literature written in English and indeed other languages is immense, and so the country is an ideal destination for students who want to make the exploration of literature and language the focus of their time abroad.
CELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts
Historical Walking Tours of Dublin
The 1916 Rebellion
Irish Culture & Customs
Irish Culture Guide
The Irish Language
The Irish Traditional Music Archive
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Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.
The common room
Students are housed in fully-furnished, en-suite single rooms in the UCD residence halls, sharing a kitchen and living area. Bed linens, kitchen equipment, and dishes will be provided, but students will need to provide their own towels. The accommodations include wireless internet service and paid washing machines. Students are expected to keep their apartments clean and in the order they were during move-in. Any damage will be assessed at the end of the program.
Accommodations are provided for the duration of the program only. It is not possible to get into the apartments before the official start of the program. Students wishing to arrive a few days early may request recommendations for economical hotels and hostels in Dublin.
Kitchen and dining area
The exterior of Roebuck Hall
UI Study Abroad will designate a suggested group flight by early spring. Participants will make their own travel arrangements to Dublin with guidance from UI Study Abroad and are advised to take part in this suggested itinerary.
The cost of travel is not included in the course fee.
Those who participate in the suggested flight will be met at the Dublin airport by program staff and transported by shuttle to the program site. Alternative arrangements for transportation from the airport to the program site for students who do not participate in the suggested flight can be made with guidance from UI Study Abroad.
Do not purchase plane tickets until you have received instructions on how to do so from UI Study Abroad.
Dublin has an excellent public transportation system comprised of buses and a light rail. A transportation pass for each student is included in the program fee. Dublin's modern, international airport provides a hub to all major European capital cities.
The Irish Writing program is open to students of all majors who fulfill the following requirements:
In addition to the requirements above, preference is given to applicants who:
Students who attend institutions other than the University of Iowa must also contact their home school study abroad office to review any additional study abroad requirements.
Students will be responsible for paying many of their program costs through their University of Iowa U-Bill, while other costs will be out-of-pocket costs paid by the student directly to vendors before and after going abroad. Refer to the cost sheets below for details on the costs associated with this program.
The cost sheets outline the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. They include fees charged on students’ U-Bill as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.
Costs for future sessions are usually similar to the current session, however students can expect a modest increase in overall costs each session. Final cost sheets for future sessions are typically available early in the semester before the session begins.
The following cost sheets apply to the Summer 2018 session.
Cost sheets for the Summer 2019 session will be available by mid-spring 2019.
The cost sheets are based on the fees described below:
Cost sheets do not include the following optional costs:
Costs for personal travel are not included in the cost estimates provided on the cost sheet. If you plan to travel outside of your host city or country during or after your study abroad program, you will need to budget for additional funds to cover the cost of your personal travel.
The cost of personal travel depends entirely on each student’s individual travel plans and spending habits. Estimates for personal travel costs provided by past students on this program vary significantly from $1,500 to as much as $9,000 or more per session.
If you are accepted to the program, you will be asked to commit to participating in your program by submitting the University of Iowa Confirmation of Participation form by mid-March.
After you have formally confirmed your plans to participate, you will work both with UI Study Abroad and IES Abroad. Follow instructions from both. Later in the semester, your UI study abroad advisor will contact you regarding orientation sessions, registration, and other required UI procedures and documentation.
Applications for the Summer 2019 session will be due by early Spring 2019.
When you are officially accepted to the program, you will receive an email from UI Study Abroad providing you with your acceptance status, links to the final estimated costs, and a document that you will need to submit to formally commit to participating in the program.
These materials are typically available within 8 weeks before the end of the current semester.
You can find information about options for funding your study abroad experience, including financial aid, scholarships, grants, etc, on UI Study Abroad’s Funding Website.
All program participants are required to complete immigration requirements to enter and study in Ireland. Contact your study abroad advisor for more information about completing the immigration requirements you will need to enter the country.
Note that permission to enter Ireland is provided by the Irish government based on that country's immigration requirements. Currently, Ireland's immigration requirements include considerations related to specific national origin, national heritage, criminal background status, and similar issues that can make it impossible to be permitted entrance to the country in some cases. Contact Cory Petersen at email@example.com for more information.
It is also essential that you thoroughly review all of your immigration materials before you leave for your host country to ensure that they are absolutely complete and accurate. It is entirely your responsibility to ensure that all of your immigration documents are in order and fully accurate before you leave for your host country. If any of your immigration documents contain inaccurate information of any kind, contact Cory Petersen at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately to discuss your options.
Do not apply for your visa or begin work your immigration requirements until you receive more information from UI Study Abroad.
In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider. See below for more information.
You are required to complete the International Programs ICON course "Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation" prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals, and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions, you can email email@example.com.
This orientation will be facilitated by your study abroad advisor and will cover content specific to your program and host country. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one depending on your type of planned activity abroad. Your study abroad advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.
If you do not have a passport, it is important that you apply for one as soon as possible to ensure you receive it before the program begins. US citizens can find more information about how to apply for a passport on the US Department of State’s website.Important notice for students without a valid passport or whose passport will expire within the next 12 months:
US citizens can find more information about how to renew a passport on the US Department of State’s website.
Students without a valid passport should apply for a new passport or a passport renewal as early as possible.
Students with a valid passport should check the expiration date. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months AFTER the anticipated return to the US from studying abroad. If your passport is not valid for at least 6 months after your anticipated date of return to the US, you must renew your passport before applying for the visa you will need to enter your host country.
Expedited processing service is available for US passports (although this still takes several weeks and is at an additional cost). UI Study Abroad encourages students to ask the passport agency at the time of application whether expedited service is recommended.
Students who are not US citizens should contact Cory Petersen (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information on how to ensure that their passport is valid for the duration of their time abroad.
UI Study Abroad offers a variety of general predeparture resources. Review the following materials, and feel free to pass them along to your family or other loved ones to help them understand more about your upcoming program.
These materials may be periodically updated to reflect new program information prior to departure- contact your study abroad advisor for more information.
Please note that your program provider and host institution may provide you with additional predeparture materials specific to your study abroad program. Also review those materials, share them with your family, and refer back to them if you have any questions.