Program Overview

IRELAND: Maynooth

Saturday, July 27 to Saturday, August 24, 2019 (4 weeks)

This will be the third year that the University of Toronto has offered a summer course in Ireland. Students will earn a full year cinema studies credit in four weeks while living and learning in Maynooth, the country’s only university town. This course will benefit students interested in learning about Irish culture through an exploration of contemporary Irish films.

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.

CIN378Y0 Aspects of a National Cinema: Ireland
This course seeks to foster a deeper comprehension of Irish culture through an exploration of contemporary Irish films. The course will examine a range of recent works to understand Irish film in the context of Irish culture and identity, while being attentive to both industrial and governmental structures that help determine what is produced and seen. At the same time, negotiations between an Irish American / Canadian diasporic market for nostalgia films and local investment in more complex social portraits will be studied. Lastly, how Ireland’s iconic landscape has been mobilized in both recent Hollywood blockbuster films and serial television – the “selling” of Ireland including “screen tourism”) – and its impact on local ecologies – both natural and industrial – will be explored. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisites:CIN105Y1 or relevant Social Science or Humanities-based academic preparation: English, History, Visual Studies, Art History, Anthropology, Women and Gender Studies, Sexual Diversity Studies, Political Science or Sociology.
CIN378Y0 – Course Outline 2019

Field Trips: Excursions include visits to the Irish Film Institute in Dublin. There will be a three day trip to the city of Galway, and a two day trip to Northern Ireland to observe locations used in Game of Thrones.

Instructor: Kass Banning has long-standing research interests in cross-cultural aesthetics and transnationalism. She has published extensively in the areas of minor Canadian and Black diasporic cinemas and experimental documentary media; she is a co-editor of an anthology on Canadian women’s cinema with University of Toronto Press, and a co-founder and co-editor of the journals CineAction and Borderlines. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of world cinema, race, black visuality, experimental documentary and digital aesthetics, theories of national cinema, and interventions in African, Canadian and British cinemas.

Program Details

Saturday, July 27 to Saturday, August 24, 2019 (4 weeks)

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
• Faculty-led visits to select local historical sites
• Farewell Dinner

Accommodation and Meals

Housing is available 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. Students are able to access all facilities on campus.

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 30, 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 1, 2019
  • Non-Refundable Deposit of $1,000 due one week after admission notification
  • All remaining fee: due April 18, 2019

Cost of Studying in Ireland

Amount Details
Application Fee $200 Paid at time of application
Course Fee
Domestic Students $2,735 Includes $1,000 deposit
International Students $3,890 Includes $1,000 deposit
U of T Incidental Fees $176 Estimate based on 2018 part-time summer fees
Field Trip Fees $1,475 Includes transportation and entrance fees
Airfare $890 Estimate – cost will depend on departure location and purchase date
Accommodation $2,100 Based on single room accommodation
Meals $600 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 $8,176 This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance
International Students $9,331 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 14, 2019 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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


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