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Take two full credit courses while experiencing the history and magic of the Emerald Isle.

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Explore beyond the Classroom


All courses have scheduled periodic field trips and excursions to sites and museums in the Dublin area and surrounding villages.  In addition, there will be a four-day trip around Ireland for the entire group.  The cost of all trips is included in the price of the program.



Tulane students have single accommodations in dormitory style housing at University College Dublin.  Kitchen facilities are included and a grocery store is located on campus in addition to restaurants. A meal card, housing and transportation pass are all include in the price of the program.  Housing is located near public transportation making it easy to travel around Dublin and surrounding areas. The Tulane Summer in Dublin Program also allows for independent travel time.  Students are encouraged to travel on one additional long weekend to locations within Ireland or beyond.





Tulane University Study Abroad in Dublin,Ireland
"Where the world is old and the mysteries real."



ANTH 3090

In Sickness and in Health: Disease, Death and the Living in Ireland              


     Dublin today is one of the most cosmopolitan and wealthiest cities in the world, yet did you know that in 1911, it had a higher per capita death rate than the “Black hole of Calcutta,” a city plagued with cholera and other deadly epidemics? Did you know that Irish “bog bodies” (natural human mummies) from Neolithic through Medieval times tell us much about health, diet, and even torture (!) in ancient Ireland?  Or that scurvy (due to Vitamin C deficiency) was a common malady associated with the “Irish Potato Famine”? This class examines centuries of health and disease in Ireland through an anthropological lens, giving us thought-provoking insight into Irish life and death, past and present.


 HISE 3910

 Prostitution, Prohibition, Protest:  Dublin 1870-1930

     Illicit Sex, Illegal Alcohol & Forbidden Protest  Dublin at the turn of the century! 

     Come explore Dublin through the different lenses of Prostitution, Prohibition and Protest. The politics of morality will be examined by studying prostitution: how prolific it was, the consequences of engaging in the sex trade and what the State and Church did to curtail the activity.  We will also explore the politics of prohibition and the role of alcohol in Irish life, business and culture. Finally, the politics of protest laid bare the struggles of most working class people of Dublin and the horrific conditions in which they lived.  Complicating matters, Dublin was the center for the resurgence of nationalism which led to the 1916 Easter Rising and eventually to a free and independent Ireland.  Field trips around Dublin will bring a deeper understanding to the topics and also allow students to explore where events unfolded.


ENLS 2100 or  4010

Irish Music and Myth

     Why is Irish music known the world over? How and why has this tiny island of six million people created a global music of iconic artists such as Bono, Hozier, Van Morrison, Sinead O'Connor, Enya, Damien Rice, and bands like The Cranberries or The Pogues? One key is Ireland's unique mythology, where the warriors are musicians who claim their deeds are barely worth doing unless celebrated in song. Ireland has a thousand-year-old national music culture that encodes certain themes: ethical values, resistance to tyranny, poetry as the highest quality of language. Irish-American musicians are central to Americana, rock, bluegrass, and country music because they come from this culture. We will explore the intersections of music and myth by going to live music sessions and listening to storytellers immersed in the traditions of “the enchanted isle.”


ENLS 2101 or 4011

James Joyce's Dubliners


We will be living in Dublin, a city memorialized in Dubliners by James Joyce, the most iconic author of the 20th Century. Dubliners is a brilliant collection of jeweled portraits of the Dublin of Joyce's youth. Each is a set of compressed truths, such that we will only analyze one story per class (two at most). Each story will be enhanced by short readings of historical Dublin, key biographical aspects of Joyce's fascinating life, field trips, and literary commentary. Students will do their own research on Dublin and Joyce, explore sites in the stories, and enjoy Bloomsday, the annual holiday in which Dublin celebrates Joyce as an Irish creator of global modernism (June 16).


HISE 2910

Irish Culture, History and Society


Is there more to Irish food than potatoes?

How can a wake be merry?

Why do the Irish love to argue?

And what is this obsession they have with sports?

     This course will explore these and many other relevant topics as we undertake the journey to explore Irish society and culture in a historic sense while also examining which traditions are still part of the cultural landscape of Ireland today. Field trips around Dublin and Ireland will allow students to personally explore these topics as they learn more about Ireland's culture, history and society.


ANTH 3091

Ancient Ireland


Newgrange, Tara, Knowth, Glantane, Drombeg Circle, Kilclooney More, Ballykeel – prehistoric sites abound in Ireland, with names that are as evocative as the sites are beautiful and mysterious. This class will dive into prehistoric Ireland, starting with the first hunter-gatherers who settled here shortly after the Emerald Isle shed its last glacier at end of the Ice Age. We then move through the Neolithic and Bronze Age with their stone circles, giant monuments and portal tombs, then onto trade and commerce with the Roman Empire, up through the first Viking settlements established on the island’s sheltered harbors. We will be visiting many of these sites in person for this course where you can experience the magic of Ireland first hand!

Laura D. Kelley Ph.D.