Irish Culture and Identity


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Ireland has a vast history, but it is also a country that is evolving. This program allows students to examine Irish culture and assess cultural components of society; nationality, ethnicity, religion, social class, generation, locality, and more in order to gain the tools needed to address notions of cultural identity. Through group tours, lectures, classroom work, and community involvement, students will come away with a clear understanding of the distinction between culture and identity and the role each plays in society.

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As fiddle music flows through the charming cobblestone streets, the 13th century stone Record Tower of Dublin Castle recalls the need for defense against the Normans. At Trinity College, the page of a 1,200-year-old manuscript is turned to prevent light damage. Across town, another new high-tech company joins the Digital Hub. The ancient city of Dublin is one of the most dynamic and fastest growing European capitals today, where remnants of the past intermingle with today’s vibrant start-up environment.


Lectures & Site Visits



The Culture and Identity program in Dublin includes two guest lectures on topics such as:

  • Irish History: The Famine and 1913-1923 Revolution
  • Contemporary Ireland 1922-Present
  • Irish Storytelling
  • Immigration and Reparation – Issues with Brexit


Every CIEE Faculty-Led & Custom program is a unique combination of high-quality academics and co-curricular activities and excursions that offer real-world experiences to enhance classroom learning. Here are just a few of the possibilities for co-curricular activities and excursions in Dublin:

  • Guided tour of the Epic Museum to explore 1,500 years of Irish history and culture in the world’s only fully-digital museum. State-of-the-art interactive galleries and powerful audio and video clips bring Irish history powerfully to life.
  • Visit to the Dublin Writer’s Museum for a look at how renowned Irish writers captured identity and culture in their works.
  • Ballad walking tour through the city of Dublin to learn the history of the classic Irish ballad from an authentic balladeer.
  • Tour of Dáil Éireann – the lower house and the principle chamber of the Oireachtas which includes the President of Ireland and Seanad Éireann.
  • Lessons playing Gaelic games. Students learn Irish football and hurling from local athletes.
  • Day Trip to Belfast to explore the capital of Northern Ireland and how “the troubles” impacted the cultural identity of residents.
  • Day Trip to Howth, a picturesque fishing village with a breathtaking cliff walk and views of the Irish Sea.

What’s Included  

Every program is tailored to suit the needs of your academic goals – so every program is unique. But all programs include on-site orientation, 24/7 emergency support, in-country transportation, accommodations, some meals, classroom space, cultural and theme-related site visits, guest lectures, comprehensive insurance coverage and logistical support from our on-site CIEE staff. We also supply customized advertising materials and other valuable tools to help you get the word out to students.


Apartment accommodations for students in well-appointed twin rooms. Single occupancy apartment accommodations for faculty.


Welcome and farewell dinner, one group lunch and dinner in Belfast and one group lunch in Howth.


These "ready-to-run" programs are based on a duration of 2 weeks with a minimum 15 students, but we can customize to meet your specific needs.



Our No. 1 priority is keeping you and your students safe. With more than 70 years of experience creating safe, reliable, study abroad programs around the world, we have an excellent safety record. Each of our sites is regularly assessed using international risk management standards to make certain our programs can be safely and successfully run. In addition, your program includes the peace of mind of iNext medical insurance, the support of the CIEE staff members who are experts in international safety and security, and 24/7 emergency support in-country.