Last Updated on June 1, 2023 by AIFS Abroad
Why spend January in Dublin? It’s the perfect opportunity to spend your winter break earning credits and experiencing a new culture. And for some students who can’t go abroad during the rest of the year, it’s a chance to study abroad! Experience the charm and liveliness of Dublin minus all the tourists. Read on for information about our J Term program, the courses offered and more.
1. Study Irish Literature
Dublin is your classroom! Take Modern Irish Writing and experience the culture, history and literature of Dublin and Ireland firsthand.
Trinity College Dublin has been the home of Irish literature in English for four centuries. The School of English ‘Modern Irish Writing’ course is an exciting new program aimed at introducing students to the best of Irish literary tradition and culture from 1900 to the present day. You will read the poetry of William Butler Yeats and Patrick Kavanagh, discuss the theatre of J.M Synge, Samuel Beckett, and Conor McPherson, consider the short stories of James Joyce, and Claire Keegan and explore the imagination of Irish novelists such as Kate O’Brien.
Supporting academic visits include entrance to the Old Library and the Book of Kells, a guest lecture with an Irish author or poet, a session on manuscripts and archives in the historic Trinity College Library and a session on staging Irish drama to include a tour of the Smock Alley Theatre.
See the full course descriptions here.
2. Experience the Heart of the City
From your shared student apartment with other AIFS students, you are centrally located to explore all the city has to offer. Your building will have 24-hour reception, wifi, and AIFS includes 10 meals per week. See more about housing here.
Learning doesn’t end in the classroom and to help you get a true taste of Irish culture, AIFS organizes activities like walking tours, traditional Irish music performances, Irish sporting events, theater visits and more.
3. See more of Ireland
January programs are short and we are careful not to pack too much into the itinerary, so we planned the perfect trips to show students more of Ireland without missing out on their time in Dublin. Included in the program fee a day trip to a working Irish farm, and there is an optional 2-day trip to Galway. Students can take part in one or both of these trips, and plan their own travel too with the advice of our expert Resident Directors.
Read more about January Term in Dublin on our website, or schedule a consult to talk to one of our program advisors.