Politics and Culture of Ireland

Irish history and contemporary politics is a fascinating story of connection with the United Kingdom, independence, and participation in the European Union. As in many societies, Irish contributions to culture sometimes reflect their politics. Develop a rich understanding of the historical political development and the culture of Ireland and where the two concepts intersect. Students will stay in Dublin (capital of Ireland) and Belfast (Northern Ireland, UK), and Galway (in the beautiful western coast), offering diverse glimpses into the island’s storied culture.

Quick Facts

  • Two capital cities: Dublin, capital of the Republic of Ireland, and Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland
  • ** New for 2023** Rugged western coastal area of Galway, Ireland
  • Academic visits to Queens University, and a tour of historic Falls and Shankill Roads in West Belfast. Visits also may be included to Croke Park, Kilmainham museum and more.
  • Day trips may include Newgrange (Ancient temple older than the Great Pyramids and Stonehenge) and Giant's Causeway, Dark Hedges and Dunluce Castle (of Game of Thrones notoriety)*

*Subject to change



Politics and Culture of Ireland

(General Studies: G designation)


Dr. Thorin Wright


Dr. Tara Lennon


Program dates

Summer 2023:

June 15-June 29, 2023

Program fee

Summer 2023 program fee: $6,855

Program Fee includes: tuition for 3 ASU credits, all housing, course-related field trips, transportation passes for Dublin and Belfast, all breakfasts, some lunches, welcome and farewell meals, and international health insurance. Not included: trans-Atlantic airfare, remaining meals, passport, books and personal expenses. For more information go to the cost tab here.


This program is open to all students who are interested in studying the politics and culture of Ireland with at least a 2.5 GPA, 25 hours of earned credit, and who are in good standing with the university.

Application deadline
March 1st

Application Requirements

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In Dublin, students will be housed in apartment-style hotels with two or more persons per bedroom. In Belfast, students will stay in shared hotel rooms.