Joyce in Ireland 2013

Fun. Adventure. Discovery.


What’s special about this course in Dublin?

One of  the most popular courses in BC’s Office of International Program offerings, this is now its third year. Professor Nugent, along with our people on the ground in Dublin, has designed a course that has received the very highest ratings from all who have taken part. It’s especially reassuring to parents that in Ireland Boston College has its own full-time staff to see to the smooth and safe operation of the course.

When does it take place?

The first three weeks in August.

Where is it mainly held?

You’ll be based in Dublin, the capital, a uniquely exciting city, a mecca for young people from all over the planet.

Only Dublin?

No, we’ll have a series of afternoon and day trips to counties Kildare, Meath, and Wicklow, to visit the 5,000 year old megalithic tombs at Newgrange, the seat of the High Kings of Ireland at Tara, the amazing Castle of Trim; we’ll visit a working Irish farm, the Guinness Brewery, the National Gallery and other centers of Irish life….

Any longer trips?

Yes, we’ll take one long weekend in the West of Ireland. We’ll be staying in youth hostels in the fabulous city of Galway and visiting the Aran Islands off the Atlantic coast.

How much learning?

The course covers a full semester of learning. You’ll be in our classroom in the heart of Dublin for about three hours each morning from 9.30 to 12.30, leaving you plenty of time for private study, shopping, and exploring.

Free to do what?

While you and your friends will have plenty of time to yourselves, we’ve also organized a series of group entertainments, sports events, cultural outings and nights out

Like what?

Visits to Dublin Castle, Irish folk music bars, and theatre. We’ll learn Gaelic football and hurling (!), visit museums and galleries, the Jameson Distillery,  and Malahide Castle;  we’ll have pizza nights, join the Dublin literary tour/pub crawl, enjoy the life of ordinary Irish people on Causie farm, spend an afternoon in a folk village….

Where will I be staying?

You’ll be housed in the very best accommodation at the National University of Ireland, in Belfield, Dublin.

Won’t it be really difficult? Joyce is impossible, right—and I’m not an English major?

No, the course is designed to be exciting and interactive. Much of it is based on EN309, a course Professor Nugent teaches at BC, which has been mapping out Joyce’s characters journeys through the streets of the city. Like them, we’ll be visiting Joyce’s haunts in the city, locations where the works are set, and where the real and imaginary characters lived, argued, laughed, and caroused.

Who will be looking after us on the ground?

The program coordinator, Professor Nugent himself, and the staff of BC Ireland. BC Ireland has its own headquarters in the heart of Dublin; its director, Professor Mike Cronin and Secretary, Ms Thea Gillen, have years of experience in the organization and control of courses such as this.

Does it count for credit? Towards my major? Minor?

Yes, 3 credits, and it counts for your English major and Irish Studies minor.

What’s the minimum GPA?

There is no minimum GPA requirement, and, while the course will appear on your transcript, it will not be factored into your BC GPA. For further details make sure to check the BC Summer Programs website.

Will I learn much?

Lots. It’s the equivalent of a one-semester course

Will it be fun?


Are there any grants available?

Yes, for BC grants, click here. Many students also finance their study from outside sources. One of the benefits of taking an August course is that you can, of course, work over the summer!

What does “rolling admissions basis” mean?

It means that you can apply anytime. Enrolment will be limited to fourteen students.

Where can I find out more?

Email or visit Professor Joe Nugent at 305 Connolly House


Click here for the Office of International Programs

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