The summer IE3 program at University College Cork (UCC) is focused on Irish studies. The program takes place from the end of June to the end of July, typically, and provides an ideal location in which to explore Irish history, literature, and culture. The first two weeks will focus mainly on Irish history and how specific events have shaped the identity of the people of Ireland. The second two weeks will focus on the expression of that cultural identity through modern writers. All of this is accomplished via lectures, seminars, and field trips.
Ireland is a country steeped in history and outstanding natural beauty. From friendly, bustling cities and small towns, to the timeless green tranquility of the Irish countryside, students will find a warm welcome in the Emerald Isle. Cork City is situated in the Southwestern corner of Ireland, with the city center built on an island in the River Lee. Cork's roots go back to the 6th century AD, and it has been an important player in Irish history throughout the ages. Cork has a friendly rivalry with Dublin as to which city is the "capital" for culture, art and culinary excellence. Cork, and its neighboring port of Cobh (pronounced "Cove") were the point of departure for vast numbers of emigrants from Ireland to America in the 19th century.
Home to 18,000 students, University College Cork campus developed from its establishment in 1845 into one of Ireland’s major universities. The campus centers on the historic quadrangle, and is an easy walk or bus ride from the city center. UCC prides itself on being an environmentally aware and friendly campus. Its historic heart is complemented by modern, cutting edge technical, laboratory and library facilities. UCC is number 181 in the Times Educational Supplements’ list of the 700 top universities worldwide, and Ireland’s first “five star” university.
UCC is home to students from more than 100 countries, and every year has an International Cultures Fest. Cork offers more than 50 sports clubs, so students can get involved a range of athletic activities, and make use of the excellent arenas, fields, and sports and fitness facilities. Other clubs and societies focus on drama, music, politics, volunteering and other activities. You won’t be short of things to do.
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