Dublin is the capital of Ireland and situated near the midpoint of the country's east coast. Meaning "town of the hurdled ford," Dublin sits at the mouth of the River Liffey and is bordered by a low mountain range to the south and surrounded by flat farmland to the north and west.
Known as the historical and contemporary cultural center of Ireland, Dublin is also a modern center for education, art, administration, economy, and industry. As the center of Irish industry, the city has a very cosmopolitan and international workforce. Half of the population is under the age of 30, and the city is considered to be very modern and outward looking. Although Dublin is a large city, it is easy to navigate and students find Dubliners to be very warm and welcoming.
Galway, also known as Gaillimh in Irish, is Ireland's fifth-largest city. Galway has long been known as "The City of the Tribes" due to the fourteen families—known as tribes—who ruled Galway beginning in the 15th century. These families built many castles throughout the county and today many streets and landmarks bearing the names of these early families.
Today, Galway is an important tourist center, serving as a gateway to the scenic areas of County Galway and a major hub for visits to West Ireland. The city is known as Ireland's "Cultural Heart," and its arts scene is renowned throughout Ireland, especially for music and theatre. Each year the city hosts the Galway Arts Festival, Ireland's largest international arts festival, which features the opportunity to interact extensively not only with West of Ireland companies including Druid Theatre and Macnas, as well as participate in talkbacks and workshops as well as gaining backstage access to visiting artists.
During the Dublin portion of the program, you will live and study in the center of the city at Trinity College Dublin. Founded in 1592, Trinity is one of the top 100 world universities and has over 17,000 students. The university is central to the study of theatre and literature in Ireland, and is the alma mater of many of Ireland's best-known playwrights and theatre artists, including Samuel Beckett, J.M. Synge, Oscar Wilde, Oliver Goldsmith and George Farquhar.
Daily classes will be held in the Samuel Beckett Centre, which houses the Trinity School of Drama. This renowned program not only boasts a world-class faculty, but also recently welcomed the major contemporary dramatist Marina Carr to teach a playwriting course. Most of Dublin's major theatres and historical sites will be within walking distance of the classroom.
In Galway, you will live and study on the campus of the National University of Ireland, Galway. Founded in 1845 as Queen's College, NUI Galway is today one of Ireland's leading research universities with over 17,000 students and more than 2,400 staff. The campus is located on the banks of the River Corrib, close to the center of Galway, and sits in the heart of Galway city. The Irish language has a unique position predominantly due to its proximity to the Connemara Gaeltacht, one of several Irish-speaking regions in the country.
Housing and Meals
For the first three weeks, you will be housed at Trinity College Dublin, and for the last two weeks of the program, you will lodge at the National University of Ireland, Galway. You will be provided with lunch Monday through Thursday and will have access to kitchen facilities in your accommodations.
|Please note that accommodations are subject to change.|
A comprehensive orientation will be provided both on the UC Berkeley campus as well as on-site. Orientation will cover various topics, including academics, and local culture, health and safety, transportation, and more.