API in Cork, Ireland: University College Cork National University of Ireland summer


API students in the Cork programs join more than 14,000 students from Ireland and 75 countries worldwide studying at the University College Cork. The university opened its doors in 1849 and in 1979 became a constituent of the National University of Ireland system. The heart of the campus is a stone-faced quadrangle surrounded by historical buildings as well as newer additions to the campus facilities. The attractive campus is located close to the city center for easy access to all areas of the city. Visiting students are able to choose from among the university’s seven faculties and sixty departments.

Students who choose to study abroad in Cork with API for a summer session will study at the University College Cork Summer School in Irish Studies. Through this program UCC endeavors to create a unique learning experience through a fusion of culture, landscape and rigorous history and literature examinations. The School is conducted at the 300 level (upper division) and is suitable for undergraduate students of history and literature, post-graduates, teachers and researchers in Irish Studies and those generally interested in Irish culture. During the summer session students explore the history, literature, and culture of the Irish through the ages.

In the first two weeks of the program students delve into the historical foundations of Irish identity and culture. In recent years, students have explored Ireland’s history by using its landscape, political evolution and contribution to the development of western civilization as a vehicle for this exploration.

The second two weeks of the program introduce students to the strong literary pulse that gives Ireland its vibrant reputation for literary legends. Some of the literature figures that have been used in the past include Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, Frank O’Connor and Patrick Kavanagh. Students examine how these authors defined a culture by their works and literary observations.

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