• Clear Interest and Commitment
• Demonstrated Preparedness/Maturity
• Minimum 3.0 G.P.A. (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
February 19, 2018 for Summer 2018
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, and especially 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. Writing workshop hours may be increased to facilitate 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 U.S. 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 during the course of the summer.
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 dramatic practices internationally respected.
Sample reading list (from a previous program -- this will vary according to the tastes and interests of the instructors):
• John Banville. The Book of Evidence.
• Oona Frawley (ed.). New Dubliners.
• Ciaran Carson. Prose & poetry selections.
• Various writers . Poetry & conflict in Northern Ireland.
• James Joyce. Dubliners.
• William B. Yeats. Selected Poems.
• John M. Synge. The Playboy of the Western World.
• Martin McDonagh. The Beauty Queen of Leenane.
• Mark O'Rowe. Howie the Rookie.
• Frank McGuinness. Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme.
• Tom Murphy. A Whistle in the Dark.
• Brian Friel. Translations.
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
Study Abroad | International Program
1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
The Irish Writing Program takes place on the University College Dublin (U.C.D.)campus in the Belfield section of Dublin, where students are housed and where the classes are taught.
U.C.D. 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, U.C.D. relocated to its current large campus about 2.5 miles south central Dublin. U.C.D. is a comprehensive university and, at 25,000 students, it is Ireland's largest university. The campus is nicely landscaped and there are numerous playing fields. Notable U.C.D. 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.
The common room
Students are housed in fully-furnished, en-suite single rooms in the U.C.D. residence halls, sharing a kitchen and living areas. 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 program fees.
Participants who participate in the suggested flight will be met at the Dublin airport by program staff, and transported by shuttled 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.
Dublin has an excellent public transportation system comprised of busses and light rail. A transportation pass for each student is included in the program fees. 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:
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.
Applications for the Summer 2018 session are due on February 19, 2018.
Students will be responsible for paying many of their program costs through their University of Iowa Ubill, while other costs will be out of pocket costs paid by the student directly to vendors before and after going abroad. Please refer to the following cost sheet for details on the costs associated with this program.
The cost sheet outlines the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. It includes 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.
The cost sheets below apply to the Summer 2018 session.
Note that these costs are subject to change up to the program start date. It is anticipated that any increase to costs would be minimal.
The cost sheet includes the fees listed below. If a cost sheet for the session that you’re planning to go abroad is not available, you can find an approximate estimate of the cost of your program by adding the following fees to the personal travel costs described below. Your study abroad advisor will contact you when final costs are available:
The cost sheet does not include the following optional additional costs:
Costs for personal travel are not included in the cost estimates provided on the cost sheet. If you plan to travel throughout Ireland, or outside of Ireland 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 about $1,500 to as much at $9,000 or more.
After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad . The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.
Note: In rare cases of withdrawal due to injury, illness or other significant and verifiable extenuating circumstances, a financial appeal process exists to consider the financial aspects of late withdrawal. Contact your study abroad advisor for more information.
|Date of Withdrawal||Student Financial Responsibility|
|Within 5 days after the confirmation deadline||Study Abroad Administrative fee: $400
Portion of Course Fee: $600
|6-19 days past the confirmation deadline||Portion of Study Abroad Administrative fee: 100%
Portion of Course Fee: 25%
|20-44 days past the confirmation deadline||Portion of Study Abroad Administrative fee: 100%
Portion of Course Fee: 50%
|45 or more days past the confirmation deadline|| Portion of Study Abroad Administrative fee: 100%
Portion of program fee: 100%
Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing.
Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited.
Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.
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.
You may be able to use financial aid and scholarships, to cover some of the costs of this program. Take a look at the Financial Aid section of the U.I. Study Abroad web site for information on applying your aid package to study abroad, and contact the Office of Student Financial Aid to find out what might be available to you.
Before you apply for any scholarship, please review the Suggestions for Scholarship Applications section of the Study Abroad website for valuable tips on making a successful application!
Please explore the following links for study abroad scholarship opportunities offered through the University of Iowa, and partner organizations:
If you need help writing scholarship essays, please contact the U.I. Writing Center.
If you have any questions about funding for study abroad, please contact Cory Petersen at email@example.com or call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 for an appointment (Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm).
UI Study Abroad and IES Abroad will provide a variety of resources available to you to prepare you for your upcoming study abroad program. It is recommended that you review these materials, share them with your family, and refer back to them if you have questions.
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. Please also review those materials, share them with your family, and refer back to them if you have any questions.
After you have reviewed the program costs and you are ready to commit to participating in this program, you will need to complete the following steps:
First, read, download, complete, and return the Confirmation of Participation and Withdrawal Policy document, sign it, and submit it to the Study Abroad office no later than Thursday, March 8 at 4:59pm.
Students from institutions other than the University of Iowa, please send a scanned copy of Confirmation of Participation document to Cory Petersen at firstname.lastname@example.org in addition to sending a physical copy to UI Study Abroad. This will help ensure the document is received and processed by the Thursday, March 8 deadline.
Please note that if this document is not submitted by the confirmation deadline on Thursday, March 8 at 4:59pm, your application will be automatically withdrawn and your acceptance rescinded.
If you need additional time to confirm your plans to participate in this program, please contact Cory Petersen at email@example.com as soon as possible to discuss alternative arrangements.
Next, thoroughly review the following sections of text:
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 online ‘Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation’ course distributed through ICON 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
We will address many issues related to health, safety, and security issues specific to your study abroad location during the orientation sessions. Until then, you can find basic information about these issues on the Health and Safety section of the Study Abroad website.
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. Students who are U.S. citizens can find more information about how to apply for a passport on the U.S. Department of State’s website.Important notice for students without a valid passport, or whose passport will expire within the next 12 months:
Students who are U.S. citizens can find more information about how to renew a passport on the U.S. 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 U.S. from studying abroad. If your passport is not valid for at least 6 months after your anticipated date of return to the U.S., you must renew your passport before applying the visa you will need to enter Ireland.
Expedited processing service is available for U.S. 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 U.S. citizens should contact Cory Petersen email@example.com for information on how to ensure that their passport is valid for the duration of their time abroad.
All program participants are required to complete immigration requirements to enter and study in Ireland. UI Study Abroad will be in contact with you by mid-spring with details on the immigration requirements for your host country.
If you are not a U.S. citizen, please contact Cory Petersen at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the immigration requirements for non-US citizens.
Please note that visas are issued 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 acquire a visa prior to the start of the program in some cases. Please 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, please contact Cory Petersen at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately to discuss your options.
You can find more information about visiting the Application section of the program website, and scrolling to the Financial Aid & Scholarships section toward the bottom of the page.
If you have any questions about funding for this program, please contact Cory Petersen at email@example.com or call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 for an appointment (Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm).
Unless UI Study Abroad has an approval on file before your departure 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 are hoping to apply the credit you receive for your program course to a major, minor, certificate, or general education requirement, please contact Cory Petersen at firstname.lastname@example.org for details on the process.
As part of the this program, you will be enrolled in health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). For more information about CISI, please visit our Health Insurance Information page.
If you have any current health issues that you might want to receive treatment for while you’re abroad, please review the Health Preparation Guide for International Travel for information about arranging accommodations while abroad.
Students will need to make their own travel arrangements to get to their program site- Study Abroad will not be arranging a group flight to your study abroad destination.
Do not purchase plane tickets until you have received instructions on how to do so from UI Study Abroad.
You will need to register for this program on MyUI prior to your departure to Ireland. You will receive more information on the registration process from your Study Abroad advisor.
From the Book of Kells
The James Joyce Center
Dublin Writers Museum
IES Dublin Center
The Gate Theatre
The Abbey Theatre
The Gaiety Theatre
The Samuel Beckett Theatre
National Museum of Archeology & History
National Gallery of Ireland
Dublin city web site and information gateway
The Irish Times on the web
Trinity College Dublin
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