Irish Studies Summer School with Ulster University

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Global Irish Studies Summer School at Ulster University 

Date: 2 June – 9 June 2024 

The one-week intensive Global Irish Studies Summer School is designed to introduce students to the value of studying contemporary issues of global concern through the prism of Ireland. With a focus on people and place as guiding themes for learning, students are immersed in the history, culture and contemporary societal issues facing Ireland in a globalised world. Students are based at Ulster University’s historic Derry campus in Derry-Londonderry, which provides the ideal base for learning about and exploring the rich history and culture of north-west Ireland. Teaching takes place on campus and through walking tours of the city, museum and heritage centre visits, fields trips to other parts of Ulster, and an immersive experience along the Wild Atlantic Way coastline in Donegal.  

Issues of identity and division are explored from the 17th century Plantation of Ulster through to the impact of Brexit on the north of Ireland. Hands-on masterclasses introduce students to literature and language that is rooted in place and continues to impact on contested identities in the present. Representations of identity are explored through heritage masterclasses with leading experts in the field and visits to award-winning museums and exhibitions. A field trip to rural mid-Ulster facilitates the exploration of environmental and ecological issues, as well as providing a focus on the impacts of migration within and beyond the island of Ireland. The violent history of Ireland in the 20th century forms a core part of the content. The Troubles and peace process in Northern Ireland provides a focus for the study of the impacts and legacy of urban violence, division and segregation in urban contexts globally.  

The Global Irish Studies Summer School aims to provide a taster of how a deep understanding of Irish history, culture and politics can help us look differently at issues of local concern in our home contexts, no matter where we are from in the world. The immersive nature of the summer school allows students to learn from experts in a variety of fields, experience the north-west of Ireland with hands-on learning in urban and rural settings.  Students will reflect on their learning while sitting around a campfire in Donegal, exploring ancient islands with local tour guides, learn Ceili dancing from local musicians and enjoy the famous hospitality of North-West Ireland.  

Location:  Ulster University Magee Campus, Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland | Corcreggan Mill, Dunfanaghy, Donegal, Ireland 

What’s Included? (See package costs in the table below)

Masterclasses, Accommodation, Meals, Transport and Activities are all included in your package price.


  • 5 nights Accomodation at Ulster University | 2 Nights Accommodation at Corcreggan Mill, Donegal
  • 7 Masterclasses
  • All Activities listed in the itinerary 
  • Coach Transport to all activities and locations
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Plus lots of extras and surprises!


What’s Not Included?

Breakfast while staying on Campus

Drinks, including alcoholic drinks:  You will have a chance to go shopping for ‘bits and pieces’ upon arrival so make sure to include drinks on your list.  


Lunches and Dinners during your stay will be catered for by a variety of local eateries.  Please inform us of any dietary requirements, including allergies, on booking so we can ensure your needs are catered for.


You will be travelling by private coach on field trip days.  All transportion is included in your package. 

Waiver Form

Before securing your booking you will need to sign a waiver form – you will NOT be able to secure your place on the summer school without having signed the waiver

Terms and Conditions: 

Please note our cancellation policy: There will be a £200 admin fee if you cancel after booking; £600 cancellation fee within 60 days of the summer school date and £1200 cancellation fee within 30 days of the start date.  No refunds can be given to cancellations made less than 14 days prior to the retreat date. 

Please note that information about the schedule and venues are subject to change and cancellation.

Unfortunately, we cannot be held responsible for any resulting costs you may incur for travel, accommodation and any other related goods or service or other compensation.

We will confirm the final details of the summer school at least 30 days before the start date.



Any Questions? Please see FAQ tab below to see if we’ve already answered them for you.

Welcome Reception at St. Columb's Hall
Dinner at Spaghetti Junction and Drinks at Paedar O'Donnell's
7pm - 10pm
Campus Tour
9am - 10am
Masterclass 1 - History of Ulster from Plantation to Brexit
10am - 12pm
12pm - 1pm
History of Derry Walking Tour
1pm - 4pm
Independent Study Time
4pm - 5pm
Scavenger Hunt through Derry
5pm - 7pm
Burgers and Beers - Walled City Brewery Tour and Tasting
7pm - 9pm
Masterclass 2 - Literature and Ulster
10am - 12pm
12pm - 1pm
Masterclass 3 - Heritage and Identity
1pm - 3pm
Independent Study Time
3pm - 5pm
River Foyle Heritage Boat Tour
5pm - 7pm
Taco Tuesday - Food Truck and Derry Girls Viewing Party
7pm - 9pm
Coach to Ulster American Folk Park
9am - 10.30am
Bad Bridget Exhibition; Witchcraft and Magic in Ulster
10.30am - 12pm
12pm - 1pm
Guided Tour of the Folk Park and Mellon Centre
1pm - 3pm
Masterclass 4 - Connecting People/Place/Landscape
3pm - 5pm
Dinner in Omagh at The Sperrin Restaurant
5.30pm - 7pm
Coach back to Derry/ Music from the Wild Atlantic
7.30pm - 9pm
Masterclass 5 - Urbanism and Issues in Urban Conflict
10am - 12pm
12pm - 1pm
Urbanism and Issues Walking Tour | Visit to Free Derry and Siege Museums
1pm - 4pm
Independent Study Time
4pm - 5.30pm
Shop Til You Drop
5.30pm - 7pm
Pizza Night with movie screening : Young Plato
7pm - 9pm
Coach Travel to Dunfanaghy Donegal
9am - 11am
Lunch (and a swim) at Dunfanaghy Beach
12pm - 1pm
Masterclass 6 - Oral History Theory and Practice in Divided Societies
1pm - 3pm
Surfing Lesson at Marble Hill Beach
3.30pm - 4.30pm
Food Truck Gourmet Fish & Chips at Corcreggan Mill
5pm - 7pm
Campfire at Corcreggan with Music and Marshmallows
7pm - 9pm
Ferry to Tory Island
8.30am - 9.15am
Breakfast on Tory Island
9.15am - 10am
Masterclass 7 - Colmcille, Folklore and the Transmission of Ideas from Rural Donegal throughout the World
10am - 12pm
Lunch - Tory Island Hotel
12pm - 1pm
Guided Heritage Walk with Tory Island Native
1pm - 3pm
Ceili Dancing on Tory Island
3pm - 5pm
Ferry and Coach back to Corcreggan Mill
5.30pm - 6.15pm
Dinner at The Strand Road Bar and Kitchen in Falcarragh
6.30pm - 8pm
Campfire on Tramore Beach
8pm - 11pm
Coach Travel from Donegal back to Derry
9am - 11am
Farewell Lunch - Awards, Certificates and Goodbye Until Next Year
12pm - 2pm
What's the best way to stay informed in the weeks and months leading up to the retreat?
We will be running an informational webinar where you and your parents/guardians will have a chance to ask questions of the organisers and meet fellow summer school attendees.
What should I bring?
- Yoga clothes (if partaking in the morning beach yoga) - Comfortable shoes for hiking and walking - Rain jacket and waterproof shoes or boots - Layers! (Sweaters, flannels, warm jackets -- be prepared for chilly evenings) - Swimsuit/robe or towel if you would like to take a dip in the ocean - Power adapter for electronics (make sure it's the one with 3 prongs for Ireland & UK) - All toiletries - You don't have to bring your yoga mat (but you can if you'd like)
Do I have to sign the waiver? 
Yes.  You will not be allowed to attend the summer school without signing the waiver form.  You will be sent the form when booking; once you have signed and returned the waiver form will you be formally registered.  Failure to sign the waiver form will result in your place being lost and incur any cancellation fees as stated above. 
How can I pay in installments?
Choose the option at checkout.

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June 2, 2024 6:00 pm
June 9, 2024 2:00 pm


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