A street scene in Ireland

Inventing Ireland

  1. Program Details

    Experience Irish identity through dramatic and literary works and visits to the sites behind the stories.

    Location Dublin, Ireland
    Term May Session
    Housing Apartment, Hotel
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor Learning Abroad Center

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 2.5
    Student Type UofM Students, Non UofM Students
    Student Year Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
    Language No Language Prerequisite
  2. About Inventing Ireland

    Dublin packs the pulsing hum of a modern metropolis into an intimate, classical city. With more than one-third of the country’s total population, Dublin is the largest city and main cultural hub of Ireland.

    Within this contemporary city, you will find classical Georgian architecture, a walkable city center, and welcoming locals in Dublin’s famous pubs. Discover these elements of Irish culture and learn how Dublin and its storied history have helped shape the identity of Irish people.

    Course Description

    Since the turn of the century, a conscious effort has been made to "save" Irish culture. Many notable authors, playwrights, and artists were at the forefront of this project to promote nationalism and pride in Irish language and ancient mythology.

    Since that time, Irish artists have continued to produce dramatic and literary works that seem to have a unique fascination with the topic of Irish culture and identity. Strands of identity, diaspora, and the artists' relationship with "Irishness" are important themes for modern Irish authors, playwrights, and filmmakers. Simultaneously, the global emigration from Ireland of the previous century has resulted in large populations of those who consider themselves to be Irish around the world. 

    By studying the history and works engaged in creating and interpreting this idea of Irish identity, students will be asked to engage in a more complex way with the ideas of heritage, culture, and national identity in general.

    Housing & Meals

    You will live in shared apartments with other program participants. Welcome and farewell meals are included in the program fee. Additional meals can be cooked in the housing, or at local cafeterias and eateries.


    Excursions assist in illuminating program coursework and will take place in Dublin and surrounding areas. Excursions around Dublin may include visits to the National Library of Ireland; Glendalough; Newgrange; Kilmainham Gaol; and the Abbey, Gaiety, and Smock Alley Theaters. Overnight excursions may include visits to Belfast in Northern Ireland and the Aran Islands in Galway Bay.

    May 2021 Draft Itinerary (PDF) which is subject to change


    All program participants will take the coordinated group flight to and from the program site. The cost of the group flight is included in the program fee that will be posted to your student account. Do not book your own flight; you will receive information from the Learning Abroad Center about your seat on the group flight once your participation has been confirmed.

    This program might allow for a return flight deviation. Connect with your program contact about any inquiries.

    Learning Outcomes

    • Develop independence by challenging yourself in a new environment
    • Function as an effective team member by utilizing your personal strengths in a group setting
    • Explore a specific topic through experiential and interdisciplinary approaches

    Faculty & Staff

    This program is led by Martha Johnson, Assistant Dean for Learning Abroad.

    About the Learning Abroad Center

    Learning Abroad Center programs are:

    • Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
    • Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
    • Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
    • Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.
  3. Program Structure

    Program Type Study Abroad Center, Instructor-Led
    Program Level 3000-level coursework

    One 3-credit course

    Global Seminars are 3-week study abroad programs led by University of Minnesota faculty and staff that feature:

    • Intensive learning in a location that illuminates the topic
    • Small groups of 15–25 students
    • No prerequisites or language requirements
    • Included excursions and cultural activities
    • Instruction in English


    The content of this course will employ a cultural studies and performative theory approach to exploring the development and representation of Irish identity and "Irishness" in the 20th Century.

    You will be asked to engage with the subject of Irish identity and consider its development and representation in a variety of ways.  This course will be interdisciplinary in nature, and you will critically engage with ideas of culture, religion, gender, politics, and modern Ireland.

    You will read several Irish plays including On Baile's Strand by Yeats and The Rising of the Moon by Lady Gregory, read excerpts from books on Ireland, and watch films depicting Irish history and culture.  Some of these films include OnceIn the Name of the Father, and The Commitments.

    Possible assignments include film and play analyses, reflective responses to excursions, a on-site photo project, and an individual presentation on an identity theme selected by students.  You will be expected to participate in all class excursions and discussions.

    This course must be taken A-F. S/N grading is prohibited. 

    Receive credit for: TH 4382

    • Approved for an upper division elective in the Theater major or minor
    • Approved for an upper division elective in the English major or minor

    Liberal Education Fulfillment: Literature and Global Perspectives pending

    May 2021 Draft Syllabus which is subject to change

  4. Dates & Deadlines

    Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:
    Term Program Dates Priority Application Deadline* Final Application Deadline
    May Session 2021 May 13 – Jun 5, 2021 February 1, 2021 March 1, 2021

    Program dates are subject to change.

    If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.

    Important Note: Enrollment on this program is limited to 16 students. Admission is granted on a rolling basis and applications are reviewed in the order they are completed. Some programs may fill to capacity prior to the application deadline, therefore applying early is recommended. Additionally, applying early will allow for more time to plan ahead and prepare for the program.

    Orientation Dates & Locations

    Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person, program-specific session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.

    See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.

    Term Abroad Date/Time Location
    May Session 2021 TBD TBD
  5. Priority Deadline

    If you apply by the priority deadline and confirm within the allotted time you will receive the published program fee. Applying after the priority deadline and/or not confirming within the allotted time means you may be subject to an airfare increase.

    Fees for Inventing Ireland

    May 2021 Cost of Participation Forthcoming

    Program fees can vary widely due to location, cost of living, airfare, and program inclusions. The program fee generally includes tuition, group flight airfare, airport transfers, in-country program related transportation, housing, some meals, entrances to course-related excursions and site visits, program administration, and international health insurance. Generally, the program fees range from $5,500–$7,500. You must also budget for passport and passport photos, some meals, textbooks, independent travel, and miscellaneous living expenses.

    If you do not see a budget estimate for the term you intend to go abroad, the fee has not yet been finalized. We strive to post fees for this program at least 30 days prior to the application deadline. The Learning Abroad Center will delay the posting of some fees until enrollments, inflation and exchange rates are determined. Note the average increase in fees will be 3–10%. Program fees are based on estimates and may change depending on international economic factors.

    Billing & Payments

    Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

    Cancellation Policy

    Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.
  6. Prepare

    Complete pre-application advising.

    Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.

    To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:

    Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Education Abroad Term May Session 2021
    Program Name Global Seminar: Inventing Ireland
    Track Name Inventing Ireland
    Country Ireland


    University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.

    Non-University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Once you submit your application, Learning Abroad Center staff will create a University of Minnesota student internet account for you. You will use this account to access the Education Abroad Application System, and other University of Minnesota services. You will be charged a $50 application fee for this program.

    Our staff will contact you within 2–3 business days with your internet account information, and additional application instructions.


    After you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received. Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, which will include the following items:

    • Application Essay

    Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.

    If you do not meet the GPA requirement for this program you will be required to submit two additional application items—the Low GPA Essay and Special Circumstances Recommendation. Both items will be added to your checklist after you start your application, and you will be notified when they have been added.

    Next Steps

    After your application checklist is complete, your application is reviewed by our program team. You will be notified of an acceptance decision by email. If accepted, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program. If you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the online application system and submit a Cancel Request.
  7. Program Contact

    For further information or questions about this program, send an email to

    Amy Garwood-Diaz or call at 612.624.1537.

Passport Information

If you do not currently have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months past your return date, or are still needing to apply for a new one, start the process as soon as possible. Visit the UofM Passport Office website for more information.

Virtual Info Session

Learn more about this program and other Learning Abroad Center May & summer seminars through this virtual info session.

Tuesday, December 15th 11a.m.–12p.m.

More info & registration