Irish Studies Summer School

Everything you need to know


The International Summer School in Irish Studies is a unique interdisciplinary four week programme delivered by the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen’s. This year the programme dates are Monday 26 June 2017 to 21 July 2017.


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Programme outline

We are delighted to announce our exciting new programme for summer 2017 which has been extended to four weeks for the first time. Click to download the Irish Studies Summer Programme 2017‌‌ - please note the programme is subject to change.

What can I expect?

The International Summer School in Irish Studies has been running for over 15 years, and continues to run in association with our successful Fulbright Commission Summer Institute.

The Summer School is delivered by world leading scholars from a range of disciplines including history and heritage, literature, Irish language, politics, anthropology, film and theatre. Students are also afforded the opportunity to follow their specific interests with a choice of options: Heritage, History or Literature and Language.

Our participants are diverse and include students and professionals as well as those who simply have a passion for Irish history and culture.

Our varied programme also include a series of field trips to sites across Northern Ireland, including trips to the historic Titanic shipyards and the rugged Antrim coastline.

Areas of study

The Summer School will examine the history and influence of our island on the world and uses this to gain a greater perspective on the planet we share. Lectures will include:

  • The history of the people on our land
  • Ireland's place in the world
  • The extraordinary and powerful history of migration and diaspora
  • The turbulent, intertwined and sometimes creative relationships between Britain and Ireland
  • The specific part played by the north, particularly Belfast and Derry/Londonderry, in our history
  • Language, literature, music, dance and art
  • Conflict and peace
  • Heritage, identity and varieties of Irishness

Assessment and credit

The Summer School programme comprises at least 80 hours contact (teaching) time. Three US credits are recommended for this programme. Your home university must decide if it wants to award you this credit - they may contact us for more details of the programme before making a decision. Please see our FAQs for more information.

Exploring Northern Ireland

But it’s not all study at the International Summer School! We promise challenge and entertainment all at the same time. Students are also given the opportunity to meet with some of Northern Ireland’s decision-makers – key politicians, church and community leaders. There are excursions to archaeological, historical and cultural sites in Belfast and beyond, as well as social activities including Irish dance and quiz nights.

Included in the Summer School are a range of visits to:

  • Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast and the Antrim Glens
  • Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, where the Titanic was designed and built
  • Belfast’s murals and interfaces
  • The Centre for Migration Studies at the Ulster American Folk Park
  • Derry-Londonderry (UK City of Culture 2013)

Further information on the Institute of Irish Studies, please click here.

A unique location

Belfast is a compact and growing city which has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years. Packed with history, culture, exciting events, great food and super shopping, an added bonus is you’ll also find some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet!

World class facilities

The University campus is one of the best-equipped in Europe and includes everything you need from nightclubs to sporting facilities, restaurants and our own art house cinema. Everything is within walking distance from student accommodation, with the city centre only 15 minute walk from campus to complete your experience at Queen’s. We are at the centre of the city's culture, arts and social scene!

A Russell Group institution

We benefit from a depth of expertise amongst our staff and a range of internationally renowned specialists. The global impact of our teaching and research is a defining feature of the University. As a member of the Russell Group of the UK's leading research-intensive universities, Queen's inspires its students to be the pioneers of progress who change society for the better.

Students enrich our thriving research culture and contribute much to our academic activity. In return, we provide a stimulating learning environment where individual interests can be pursued and academic ambitions achieved.

An outstanding centre for the study of Ireland

The Institute of Irish Studies at Queen’s celebrated its 50th birthday in 2015 and is one of the leading centres for research-led teaching in Irish Studies. The Institute is an internationally renowned centre of interdisciplinary Irish scholarship and provides a home for Emeritus Professors, research fellows and students alike, making an enormous contribution to the interdisciplinary field.

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 How to apply

  1. Please click the ‘Apply Now’ tab to submit your application.
  2. After your application is submitted, you will receive a thank you message informing you of payment options.
  3. Once you pay you will receive an automatic email from WorldPay as receipt of your payment. If you do not receive this within 10 days, please contact us directly.
  4. When payment is received you will be contacted by email within three working days to confirm your place on the course. Please note your place is only secure when you have paid.

Terms and conditions

If you would like to apply to our Summer School, please ensure that you have first read and understood our Summer School Terms and Conditions.

  • Applicants must be aged 18 or over by 26 June 2017
  • Applications must be made before 4pm on Friday 28 April 2017 via the online application
  • Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come basis
  • Our listed fees do not include air fares or travel expenses outside of the event programme or day-to-day living expenses.

For additional information please see the FAQs.

Find out more

If you want to find out more about our Irish Studies Summer School why not view our online information session with the Summer School Academic Coordinator Dr Peter Gray from the Institute of Irish Studies. Visit

For further enquiries please contact:

Claire McLoughlin
Phone: +44 (0) 28 9097 1314

Once you take the decision to study with us, help is at hand to ensure your experience is as smooth as possible. Visit our Frequently Asked Questions to help with any queries you may have including information on visas, healthcare insurance, accommodation and assessment and credit.


Queen’s Elms Halls of Residence is ranked in the UK’s Top 10 universities for student accommodation and our rates include utility bills, 24-hour security, 24-hour reception, regular cleaning of communal areas and internet service.

The accommodation is booked from Sunday 25 June 2017 until Friday 21 July 2017 inclusive (27 nights) - arriving on Sunday from 2.00pm and departure on Saturday morning by 10.30am. If you would like to stay additional nights at Queen's Elms Halls of Residence, you can book and pay for these separately by e-mailing

Elms Village is located approximately 1.5 miles (2km) from Belfast City Centre in a leafy residential area within walking distance of local shops and restaurants making it an ideal location for the summer months. For more information please read our Frequently Asked Questions.


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