FAQs

 

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If I apply for the summer programme, when will I know if I am accepted or not?
As soon as we receive your application, we will make a decision and notify you within a couple of weeks. Make sure you supply a transcript and anything else requested in the application.

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When will I hear the outcome of my scholarship application?
All candidates will be notified of the outcome of their applications approximately two weeks after the scholarship application closing date.

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When will the summer school fees be debited from my account?
If you are paying by credit card we will request that the fees be debited towards the end of May/early June. However, we will e-mail before fees are deducted, to enable you to contact your bank to authorise the amount beforehand.

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Is there a penalty if I withdraw my application?
There is a penalty fee of £50 only if you withdraw your application once the fees have been debited from your account.

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What ages are the people participating in the programme?
The Summer School has participants of all ages (18 - 60+) and from a variety of backgrounds. Students are administrators, teachers and professors as well as undergraduates and postgraduates and those who simply have a passion for Irish history and culture. The diverse nature of the participants provides a very supportive and informative learning environment. Please note that you must be at least 18 to take part in this programme.

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What if I need to stay additional nights?
The accommodation is booked from Sunday 21 July until Friday 9 August 2013 inclusive (20 nights) - departure on Saturday morning by 10.30 am.  If you want to stay additional nights at the Queen's Elms Halls of Residence, you can book and pay for these separately by e-mailing Orla O'Kane at the Halls of Residence.  Her e-mail address is o.okane@qub.ac.uk

Please note: it is very important to inform Orla that you are part of the Irish Studies Summer School. Accommodation for the extra nights is subject to availability.  Rooms cancelled at a very late stage are subject to a cancellation charge by Queen's Elms

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Will I have access to a computer?
Yes.  All students have access to one of the open access computer facilities for the duration of the Summer School between the hours of 9am and 5pm.  Students staying at the Queen's Elms Halls of Residence (Elms Village) who wish to bring their laptops can connect to the University network from their rooms - you must inform us beforehand if you will be bringing a laptop and also remember to bring along all leads for your computer.  Wireless facilities are not yet available in the bedrooms at Queen' Elms, although the Student Centre (known as the Treehouse) at Queen's Elms does have wi-fi, as well as desk top computers  - the Treehouse has restricted opening hours but is usually available until approximately 10.30pm each night.

Computer logins/passwords will be issued on the morning of registration for the programme.

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How much will it cost for meals while I am attending the summer school?
There are a large number and variety of coffee shops and restaurants close to the University including campus catering. You can get very reasonably priced meals in the University's Student Union.

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What is Irish Studies/How can my home University assess the courses for credit?
Irish Studies is one of the most established subject areas within the field of 'Area
Studies'. Similar courses include American Studies. Such courses are interdisciplinary
and thus provide you with a range of skills that another more familiar course might
not. The Irish Studies Summer School is interdisciplinary and covers all subjects in the field of Irish Studies such as history, anthropology, literature, politics, film, theatre and drama. Please refer your home university to the 2011 Programme on this website for details of the content.

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Is there a reading list and do I need to cover all the material prior to my attendance at the summer school?
Please click here to download the reading list (pdf file). It is entirely up to the student's own discretion whether they read in advance of the programme. The Summer School programme is designed to give students a broad introduction to Irish Studies. However, some background knowledge would enable students to gain more from the programme.

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What do I have to do to be assessed for credit?
Please refer to the 'Assessment and Credit' section of this website.

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What will the weather be like in July/August and what clothes will I need to bring?
Northern Ireland has a temperate climate, which is generally cool to mild with frequent rain throughout the year, but there are also spells of settled, fine weather. Summer days can be quite warm. Light to medium weight clothing is recommended for summer with a cardigan or pullover advisable for the evenings when it is cooler. A light waterproof jacket and comfortable walking shoes are essential for fieldtrips! There will be one or two occasions, such as social events, when you might want to wear something a little more dressy (not formal). You should also bring some summer clothes such as tee shirts.

The following is a climate guide for Belfast:

July Min 11ºC Max 20ºC or Min 52ºF Max 64ºF Rainfall 64mm
Aug Min 11ºC Max 20ºC or Min 52ºF Max 64ºF Rainfall 79mm