About the programme

Now in its thirteenth year, the Institute of Irish Studies International Summer School is proving just as popular as ever with students coming from all over the world to attend the three-week programme. The Institute, founded in 1965 and the first of its kind to be established in the United Kingdom and Ireland, is an internationally-renowned centre of Irish scholarship.  This is an exciting time for Irish Studies at Queen’s University and from 2012, the summer programme has been affiliated with the Fulbright Commission.

During this exciting and jam-packed programme, students are encouraged to learn about Irish and Northern Irish culture both inside and outside of the classroom. Lectures and seminars are given by internationally-acclaimed scholars from Queen's University and elsewhere on various aspects of the study of Ireland, including history, politics, anthropology, film and theatre, music, language and literature.

But it’s not all study! This traditional learning is enhanced with fieldwork and social activity.

Students will be given the opportunity to meet and have discussions with representatives of Northern Ireland’s political parties. This usually takes place at Stormont Parliament Buildings, the seat of devolved government in Northern Ireland. The programme also explores many aspects of the conflict, and the current situation in Northern Ireland through meetings and dialogue with community group leaders, church leaders, politicians and the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

There are also many excursions to archaeological, historical and cultural sites in Belfast and beyond which include:

  • Northern Ireland's Causeway Coast and the Antrim Glens, an area of unsurpassed beauty, a unique fusion of tangible heritage and magnificent scenery.  We take a walk around the famous Giant's Causeway and Dunluce Castle.

  • The historical city of Derry/Londonderry which has been designated UK City of Culture for 2013.  This is one of the finest examples of walled cities in Europe (2013 marks the 400th anniversary of the start of the building of the walls).

  • Belfast's Titanic Quarter, where this famous ship was designed and built.

  • Belfast's murals and interface.

  • The Centre for Migration Studies at the Ulster American Folk Park.

The Irish Studies International Summer School attracts participants of all ages (18 - 60+) and from a variety of backgrounds. Many students are administrators, teachers, professors, undergraduates and postgraduates, as well as those who simply have a passion for Irish history and culture.

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