Irish Studies Summer School

Everything you need to know


The International Summer School on Irish Studies will run from Monday 26 June 2017 to 21 July 2017.

From 2017 our International Summer School moves from a three-week to a fully accredited four-week programme. It continues to run in association with our succesful Fulbright Commission Summer Institute

Participants of all ages (18+) and from a wide variety of backgrounds are welcome. Our participants have been Administrators, Teachers and Professors as well as Undergraduates and Postgraduates, as well as those who simply have a passion for Irish history and culture. Lectures and seminars are given by internationally-acclaimed scholars on various aspects of the study of Ireland, including literature, history, politics, anthropology, geography, film and theatre, language and music, and the programme include a series of field trips to sites across Northern Ireland.

To download the flyer for please click the link - Irish Studies Summer School 2017.

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

Handbook (to be updated for 2017)

Why Irish Studies at Queen's?


The fees for the International Summer School on Irish Studies at Queen’s are extremely competitive.  The total package for the four weeks includes accommodation (27 nights starting on Sunday 25 June 2017) and a cooked breakfast each day.

This programme is not only highly competitive in terms of cost it is also delivered to the highest standard.  Queen's is a UK top 10 research-intensive university, and is one of the leading centres for Irish studies on the island of Ireland.

Click the link to download the flyer for the Irish Studies Summer School 2017.

The fee rates for the International Summer School 2017 are as follows:


What's included


All tuition

Accommodation in a single ensuite room (own shower and toilet) on campus with a cooked breakfast

Field trips and cultural visits

Meals while on the field trips


All tuition

Field trips and cultural visits

Meals while on the field trips

No accommodation provided


How to Apply

Please use the application form accessed through the last tab at the top of this table. After acceptance of your application, you will be contacted by email to complete payment online. Your place is only secure when you have paid. 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.


Terms and Conditions

The International Summer School must be taken in its entirety and is not available on a 'pick and choose' basis and there is no reduction in fees for participants arriving late / departing early. Please see the additional terms and conditions below:

  • Applicants must be aged 18 or over by 26 June 2017
  • Students who withdraw from the Summer School once fees have been paid will be charged an administration fee of £50. To complete a fee refund, you must clearly identify your 10-digit transaction ID
  • Application deadline - 4.00pm on Friday 28th April 2017
  • Applications must be made before the deadline via the online application
  • Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come basis
  • Please note that fees do not include air fares or day-to-day living expenses.

For additional information please see the FAQ section.



After submission of your application form, you will be contacted by email to complete the payment online. Payment is included as part of the enrolment process. Your place is only confirmed once payment has been completed.

For further enquiries, please contact:

Mr Brett Walker

Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 1346




For international students ie. citizens of a non-EU/EEA country, it is essential to apply for the correct student visa before entering the UK.

Participants on the International Summer School may contact the staff of the International Student Support Office for expert and up-to-date visa information and guidance. It is important to inform them that you are attending the 4 week International Summer School on Irish Studies. You must also make arrangements to travel to Belfast through a UK airport (including Northern Ireland) so your visa can be stamped into your passport (or endorsed if you have pre-applied for your visa in your home country.)

Please note that Dublin and Cork airports or any airport in the Republic of Ireland are NOT UK ports of entry and you should therefore avoid booking travel to any of these airports.

Visas are a very complex and specialised area and the International Summer School is not qualified, nor permitted, to give the necessary advice.

The e-mail address for the International Student Support Office is: Please contact International Student Support, it is suggested that students begin to prepare their visa application and supporting documents about 2-3 months before they are required to begin their studies.  This should allow sufficient time to have everything in order for their arrival at Queen’s University.  


Healthcare / Medical Insurance

You may also enquire at the International Student Support Office about medical insurance to cover any emergencies.

Please be aware that if you have to consult with a doctor at the University Health Centre a charge may be made by the Centre for non-EU/EEA citizens.

For additional information please see the FAQ section.



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. When your work is graded you will be given a percentage mark (grade conversion from United Kingdom into US letter grade).

On successful completion of the programme, we will provide you with a transcript and a grade for your essay to enable your home university to make a decision about credit.

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 minutes walk to complete your experience at Queen’s.‌ We are at the of the city's culture, arts and social scene!

The Institute of Irish Studies at Queen’s celebrated its 50th birthday in 2015.  It was the first of its kind to be established anywhere in the world.  Today it is one of the leading centres for research-led teaching in Irish Studies and is an internationally renowned centre of interdisciplinary Irish scholarship.

In the five decades since the Institute's first Director, Professor Estyn Evans, aimed to 'build a gateway to Irish Studies', the Institute has provided a home for researchers and students alike, making an enormous contribution to the interdisciplinary field.

We are “a gateway to interdisciplinary research... Harnessing the national and international experience and expertise of staff in the fields of Conflict, Peace-Building, Human Rights and Transitional Justice."

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.


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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 10.30 am. 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

Please note, there are a limited number of ensuite rooms available, so we will accommodate where possible. Non-ensuite rooms can also be booked if preferred.

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.


The Telegraph ranks Queen's amongst the top universities for student accommodation in the UK.

Rooms are private spaces to look after and enjoy, and Elms residents enjoy an active social diary.

Dedicated support is provided by Student Accommodation staff. Rates include utility bills, 24-hour security, 24-hour reception, regular cleaning of communal areas and internet service. If you require access to the internet in your bedroom please click here for details.

Accommodation is in single en suite or non en suite rooms. Rates include linen and towels, and a cleaning service every 3rd day. Rooms are typically in blocks of a maximum of 33 rooms with 11 rooms on each floor. Each floor has a kitchen and common room with TV and tea and coffee making facilities. Kitchen equipment, such as plates, cups, cutlery, small pot set and ovenware etc will be available for use.

Groups are normally allocated to rooms together and access to each block is restricted to maintain security and safety of the group members. There is 24 hour reception and security on site and Pay Per Use car parking is also available.

At the centre of Elms Village is the Treehouse where breakfast is served from 07.30-10.00 daily. The MACE shop on site is open from Monday-Friday. 

Local Attractions in the area include:

Belfast Welcome Centre

Botanic Gardens

Friar's Bush Graveyard

River Lagan Towpath

Queen's Film Theatre

Ulster Museum

Queen's University Welcome Centre


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Facilities for disabled students

We welcome applications from people with disabilities and we will do our best to ensure that your individual requirements are met so you can get the most from your course. Please let Brett Walker know by email through as soon as you decide to enrol for a course so that we can make special arrangements to meet your needs.



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