June in Ireland:  Irish Literature plus Travel Writing in Ireland

Program Dates

June 2012

About the Program

The program takes place in Cork, Ireland, a city that was founded officially in 1185 when Prince John of Norman England granted Cork its first charter. Settlement there dates much earlier, however, with the founding of an abbey by St. Fin Barre in the sixth century and a Viking trading town sometime in the early 900s. Cork Harbor, one of the largest natural harbors in the world, was an important reason for the settlements and remains an important feature of the city today.

University College Cork is the partner institution that collaborates on the logistics and provides housing for the program. UCC was established in 1845 as one of three Queen’s Colleges at Cork, Galway and Belfast. The Sunday Times selected it as the Irish University of the year for 2003, and again for 2005. UCC has an undergraduate student population of around 12,500 undergraduate students and 3660 graduate students pursuing degrees in the university’s four colleges: College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences; the College of Business & Law; the College of Science, Engineering & Food Science; and the College of Medicine & Health.

The faculty directors are George Cusack and Eric Bosse, both of whom teach in the Expository Writing program at OU. George Cusack earned his PhD in Irish literature from the University of Oregon. He's the author of The Politics of Identity in Irish Drama (2008, Routledge Press) and the co-editor of Hungry Words: Images of Famine in the Irish Canon (2004, Irish Academic Press). Dr. Cusack came to OU in the Fall of 2007, and ever since he’s had the outstandingly good fortune to develop courses on the subjects he loves most, including the craft of writing, Irish culture, superheroes, and OU itself.

Eric Bosse received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana. He writes fiction and creative nonfiction, in addition to his academic work. He also blogs and makes short movies and videos. He has published more than forty short stories in such magazines and journals as The Sun, Mississippi Review, Exquisite Corpse, Zoetrope, Eclectica, Night Train, The Collagist, and Wigleaf. His story collection, Magnificent Mistakes, was released in 2011 by Ravenna Press.

Are there prerequisites or other requirements?

  • 2.5 OU cumulative GPA at the time of application
  • Applicants must have a passport at the time of application, or a copy of a receipt showing that an application has been submitted. To access the U.S. State Department passport application, click here.

What about academic credit?

Participants will earn six credits in by enrolling in the two courses offered during the June Ireland Session. Students enroll in the courses the same way they would for any summer class requiring instructor permission. 

Because both courses are new, numbers are still being assigned and will be available later in the fall semester through this online brochure. Preliminary syllabi will be posted at the same time.  The titles of the two courses are:

  • ENGL 3023  Myth and Revolution in Irish Literature
  • UNIV xxxx    Travel Writing in Ireland (course number being assigned)

Where will I live?

While in Cork, students will live in student housing at University College Cork, The configuration is usually  3-, 4- & 5-bedroom apartments with mostly en-suite bathrooms.  Most of the facilities in each apartment include a fully fitted kitchen with microwave and all cooking utensils, and color cable TV and telephone allowing both incoming and outgoing calls.  In the past, towels and bed linen have been provided and a self-service launderette is on the premises. 

How much does it cost?

The program cost will be paid to OU through the College of Arts and Sciences. The Bursar’s Office will bill participants for the costs marked with an asterisk.

Applicants will be required to pay an initial deposit of $200 to the College of Arts and Sciences as part of a complete application. This is not an application fee; it is the first deposit of program costs and is intended to show the student's seriousness about wanting to participate on the program. Payment and refund policies can be viewed as part of the application process. 

 Note:  The costs below are preliminary for Summer 2012.

Program Cost payable to The University of Oklahoma  $2800

Included: housing in Cork and any overnight excursions, airport pick-up for those arriving in a group, transportation for all excursions, tickets for  performances that are required for either course, arrival and farewell group meals

Not included: OU tuition and fees for 6 hours of credit, roundtrip airfare between the U.S. and Ireland, mandatory study abroad medical insurance, meals except for group meals, miscellaneous personal expenses, passport, text books, return transportation to Cork airport at end of program


Estimated Additional Total Cost (Choose those that apply to you.)

Round Trip Airfare (high-end estimate) $1600

*Mandatory study abroad medical insurance

Passport $135
*Education Abroad Study Abroad Fee
Meals  (estimate) $800
*OU Tuition and Fees (Resident undergraduate) 6 hrs (estimate) $1681
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*OU Tuition and Fees (Non-resident undergraduate) 6 hrs (estimate) $3872


Costs are subject to change based on the currency exchange rate and number of participants.

What about financial aid?

For information on Presidential International Travel Fellowships, a need-based scholarship designed to assist with the cost of international airfare, please refer to the funding study abroad section of the main Education Abroad website. Other scholarships are listed there as well. For more information on financial aid for study abroad, please visit this website.

How do I apply?

The application process for Summer 2012 will be online.  When the system is available, an active link will appear here.  Students will need an online recommendation submitted by a professor as part of the application.

This program will have “rolling admissions.” Applications are accepted at any time, and students can expect a decision about their applications within two weeks of submitting the application. Notification is made by email. Applicants must have a passport at the time of application, or a copy of a receipt showing that an application has been submitted.To access the U.S. State Department passport application, click here.

Application Deadline:  February 17, 2012

Where can I get more information?

For more information or an advising appointment, email Karen Elmore, karenelmore@ou.edu, International Programs Coordinator for the College of Arts and Sciences. Phone: 405-325-4716. Walk-in advising hours are posted on the main CAS International Programs Study Abroad web page.

Walk-in Study Abroad Advising:
232 Ellison Hall

Mon. & Thurs.
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Tues. & Wed.
10 - 11:30 a.m.