Program Overview

IRELAND: Maynooth

Sunday, June 7 to Friday, July 3, 2020

This will be the fourth year that the University of Toronto has offered a summer course in Ireland. Students will earn a full-year Political Science credit in four weeks while living and learning in Maynooth, the country’s only university town. This course will benefit students interested in understanding the nature and impact of conflict, with special reference to the Irish experience.

The summer program in Ireland is hosted by the National University of Ireland Maynooth, more commonly known as Maynooth University.


The University of Toronto will offer one course in Ireland, worth one full-year credit. The course has limited space and is contingent on adequate enrolment. Classes will take place Monday through Thursday mornings. Mandatory field trips may take place outside of regular class time.

POL300Y0 Topics in Comparative Politics: Understanding Conflict – The Irish Experience
This is a highly interactive problem-oriented Peace and Conflict Studies Module designed to help students understand the nature and impact of conflict, with special reference to the Irish situation. This class addresses the problem of how humans manage conflict and introduces students to negotiation techniques and skills. The class uses the prism of the long and intractable conflict in Ireland as the basis and primary case study to explain the issues involved. This approach will maximize the benefit of the students’ experience of being on the ground in Ireland to give the material a unique authenticity, immediacy and relevance.

By looking at the Irish conflict from historical, political, sociological and international perspectives, students will explore how it is possible to move from a situation of violent conflict toward a transformative peace. It will relate the Irish experience to concepts of general application.

Prerequisites:1.0 POL credit or relevant academic experience.
POL300Y0 – course outline 2020

Field Trips: Excursions include an overnight two-day visit to Belfast in Northern Ireland a day trip to Dublin City as well as a day trip to the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation located in the picturesque Wicklow Mountains. The cost of the trips is CAD$710 which includes entrance fees, transportation and guided tours.

Instructor: Brendan Farrelly has worked with Maynooth University for a number of years and is currently the Project Manager for executive residential courses for EU public servants, conducted in association with the ESDC, on Crisis Negotiation/Mediation at the Edward M Kennedy Institute, Maynooth University. Mr. Farrelly has a distinguished career, which included working with the Irish Military as Director of Defence Forces Training. Mr. Farrelly then moved on to the position of Deputy Irish Military Representative to European Union in Brussels, Belgium. Mr. Farrelly has delivered the Understanding Conflict class for the Maynooth University International Summer School for a number of years, which consistently receives outstanding reviews from all students involved.

Program Details

Sunday, June 7 to Friday, July 3, 2020

The summer program in Ireland is hosted by the National University of Ireland Maynooth, more commonly known as Maynooth University. Maynooth University was formally established as an autonomous university in 1997, yet traces its origins to the foundation of the Royal College of St. Patrick in 1795, making it, simultaneously, Ireland’s youngest university and one of its oldest educational institutions. Students will be housed in an on-campus residence, and the campus is well serviced by bus and rail routes.

Being a university town, Maynooth is known for its warm and friendly nature. The town is always buzzing with people going out to lunch, going to work or out with friends.

The most important historical buildings in the town are within the university campus, some of which were built before the foundation of the college, while others are in the late Georgian and neo-Gothic revival style. The “new range” of university buildings were erected by A.W.N. Pugin, one of the most distinguished British architects of the 19th century.

Dublin, the capital of Ireland, is a short train or bus ride away. It is located on the east coast of Ireland, overlooking Dublin Bay. Dublin City is surrounded by the greater Dublin area, or Dublin County, where you can find an abundance of picturesque seaside villages, rolling mountains and rural hinterland, all within half an hour of the city centre.

Program Activities

• Welcome dinner
• Orientation to Maynooth town
• Maynooth campus orientation
• Evening social activities
• Farewell Dinner

Accommodation and Meals

Students will be housed in River Apartments, an on-campus student residence. Students will live in single rooms with a private (ensuite) washroom. Wifi, weekly housekeeping and all utilities are included. Students will have access to shared kitchen facilities, a dining room and lounge area, and token-operated laundry machines. Breakfast and lunch will be available for students from Monday to Friday. Students are able to access all facilities on campus. Note: Students in this program cannot opt out of accommodation.
Ireland – Residence Information Sheet

Group flight

No group flight is available for this program; students must make their own travel arrangements. Please note that if you choose to arrive earlier or leave later than the available dates for the accommodation option you have selected, you will be responsible for arranging your own arrangements.

The Summer Abroad office will send recommended flight details to admitted students.

Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO)

All students admitted to the Summer Abroad program are required to successfully complete an online PDO, which will provide information and advice on international health and safety issues. Students are also strongly encouraged to attend the in-person Ireland PDO, which will take place on April 28, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


The deadlines for fees payable to the University of Toronto are as follows:

  • Application fee: due February 3, 2020
  • Non-Refundable Deposit of $1,000 due one week after admission notification
  • All remaining fee: due April 3, 2020

Cost of Studying in Ireland

Amount Details
Application Fee $200 Paid at time of application
Course Fee
Domestic Students $3,275 Includes $1,000 deposit
International Students $4,430 Includes $1,000 deposit
U of T Incidental Fees $180 Estimate based on 2019 part-time summer fees
Field Trip Fees $710 Includes transportation and entrance fees
Airfare $951 Estimate – cost will depend on departure location and purchase date
Accommodation $2,200 Based on single room accommodation
Meals $400 Estimate – paid on site for purchased and self-prepared meals
Medical Travel Insurance variable Students must provide proof of medical travel insurance
Miscellaneous Expenses variable All students should budget for miscellaneous expense (e.g. travel, gifts, etc.)
Approximate TOTAL Program Cost INCLUDING field trips
Domestic Students $7,916 This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance
International Students $9,071 This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance

Financial Assistance

The following assistance is available for eligible students in this program. For additional awards and further details please see the Financial Aid section of the Summer Abroad website.

• Summer Abroad Bursary (two awards at $3,000 each)

Information Session

A detailed information session for the summer program in the Ireland will be held on the UofT St. George campus in January. This session provides an excellent opportunity to hear from the instructor and previous participants, see photos, and ask any questions that you may have.

Date: Monday, January 20th, 2020 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Location: Woodsworth College Residence, in Waters Lounge, 321 Bloor Street West (SE corner of St. George and Bloor)


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