Drexel in Ireland: Cork Summer Writing Workshops
The Drexel in Ireland, Summer Writing Workshop program is a unique opportunity that allows Drexel students to spend 4 weeks living and studying in Cork, Ireland. It is open to all majors, particularly students interested in Creative Writing, Literature, and Performing Arts. It is run in partnership with the University of New Orleans "UNO" (UNO is also Drexel’s partner for the Prague, Rome, and Montpellier programs). All courses are taught in an interactive and experiential way, incorporating site visits and field trips so that the classroom extends into the city itself.
This program features writing workshops with exceptional faculty and guests, as well as UNO's famous reading series and excursions to nearby historic sites, like the strategically important military and fishing port of Kinsale and the imposing 17th Century Charles Fort, only an hour bus ride from Cork.
Read Drexel study abroad student's Cork online travel magazine or watch Drexel student's Cork preview video about the program.
Cork (Irish: Corcaigh, from corcach, meaning "marsh") is the second largest city in Ireland. It is the administrative center of County Cork and the largest city in Munster province. Metropolitan Cork has a population of about 400,000. County Cork is sometimes called "the Rebel County," and residents will refer to the city as the "real capital of Ireland" and themselves as the "Rebels." The county was home to Michael Collins, the famous IRA leader of the early 20th century.The city is built on the River Lee, with the city center located on the island created by its two channels. Cork Harbor is one of the world's largest natural harbors, with quays and docks along the banks.
Students will be in Cork during the heart of their annual Midsummer Festival, a two-week city-wide celebration of summer. The festival combines the best of local, national, and international arts and culture for a memorable event you won't want to miss.
Program Excursions: Students participate in a day trip of the area surrounding the City of Cork, including Cobh, Blarney, and Kinsale, as well as a weekend trip to the Irish capital of Dublin. Students will stay in campus apartments at University College Dublin, with easy access to the city centre. In addition to course and program-specific activities, there will be plenty of time to explore the Guinness brewery, Trinity College, the James Joyce House, the Irish writer's museum, and many of the other attractions in one of the world's great literary and cultural centers. These excursions are required for all students and are included in the program fee.
- 3.0 minimum GPA
- Sophomore status or higher
Drexel students take classes with a mix of other US college students, exposing them to a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Students take two courses, each worth 4.5 credits and taught on an accelerated 4 week schedule.
Cork 2019 Summer Offerings
In addition to courses taken in Cork, all students are required to take
an online class or an Independent Study (minimum 3 credits) over the summer term with a Drexel faculty member. This means choosing a subject and identifying a Drexel professor within that department to oversee and grade your independent study. You could choose to research a personal interest topic or a subject within your major. Review the Independent Study Agreement Form
for details. Alternatively, students may opt to take an online section of a Drexel summer course, but should keep in mind that online course selection and subjects are limited.
Students will receive 9 Drexel credits and Drexel grades for this program. All courses will impact the Drexel GPA.
Summer Dates and Itinerary
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*Since this program ends in mid-July, students may choose to either return home afterwards or stay in Europe for independent travel. This gives students nearly 2 months of summer vacation before the start of fall term.
For a day-to-day calendar breakdown, click here.
Accommodation is provided in the form of apartment-style housing, courtesy of University College Cork. Students stay in University Hall
on the banks of the River Lee, a short walk from campus
and with easy access to public transportation. Each apartment features private bedrooms with bed, bathroom, desk, and storage space. Kitchens and living areas are shared between approximately four program participants. The complex also includes self-service laundry facilities, a copy room, and on-site residential security. Upon arrival in Cork, transportation to the apartments is available via taxi, city bus, and Aircoach. More information can be found on the UCC website
2019 PROGRAM FEE: $1,395 will be billed to the students' Drexel eBill for the summer term.
Included in the program fee:
* Apartment style accommodation
* Day trip around County Cork
* Onsite staff during the length of the program
* Study abroad insurance
* Meals on class days
* Opening and closing receptions
* Weekly film screenings, readings, and performances by students, faculty, and guest writers
* Transportation passes
NOT included in program fee:
Round trip airfare, optional overnight excursions, spending money, miscellaneous.
Estimated Program Costs
Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.
Tuition & Financial Aid
This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.
Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).
Those interested in seeking additional funding should review Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.
For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.