• Cliffs of Moher

    Capstone in Ireland

  • UNI student exploring the Burren

    Capstone in Ireland

  • Cliffs of Moher

    Capstone in Ireland

  • Library at Trinity College, Dublin

    Capstone in Ireland


This program is tentatively planned to run again in summer 2021. 

Explore issues that have animated modern Ireland, from issues surrounding British colonialism and Irish resistance, the relationship between urban and rural Ireland, and "The Troubles."  By traveling to Dublin, Doolin, the western island of Inishbofin, and Galway, you will experience both "big city" and rural communities. The program emphasizes modern Irish literature, and you will visit historically-significant locations that were vital to the creation of Irish literary culture. 

I would recommend this program to others because you truly get the best of both rural and city areas. This offers a nice contrast to the experience as a whole. If anyone loves history and/or literature this capstone would be right up their alley as we had the chance to integrate them throughout the process. - Morgan, 2019



Course Leaders

James O'Loughlin, Associate Professor

Department: Languages and Literatures
Phone: 319-273-2002
Email: jim.oloughlin@uni.edu
Campus Address: BAR 2046

This will be Jim's fourth time bringing UNI students to both urban and rural Ireland, including to the sites where two of his great-grandmothers lived before immigrating to the U.S. He looks forward to teaching literature written and/or set in many of the places the 2019 group will be visiting. Last year, Jim was the recipient of the Class of 1943 Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is a past recipient of the Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching with Technology, the Veridian Community Engagement Award, and University Book and Supply Outstanding Teaching Award.


CAP/ENG 3162: Modern Ireland (catalog title: Ireland: Literature, Culture, History) (3 credit hours)

This course offers an experiential introduction to the issues that have animated modern Ireland, from issues surrounding British colonialism and Irish resistance, the relationship between urban and rural Ireland, and "The Troubles." The course emphasizes modern Irish literature. To view the course syllabus, click HERE

Participation in this program requires several class meetings throughout the spring semester, although the capstone course is scheduled as a summer course. The Study Abroad Center will direct enroll participants in the capstone course during the spring semester. Please contact the program's course leader for more information.  


  • In order to receive Capstone credit, program participants must have completed 60 credits hours prior to the program's course start date (i.e. be of Junior standing). Students who participate in capstone programs without meeting the credit hour prerequisite will receive elective credit. In this instance, students should consult with their academic advisor(s) regarding how the elective credit fits into their specific plans of study. 
  • Students planning to participate in the spring commencement ceremony in May can enroll in this summer term program, however, their degree will not be conferred until the end of the summer term and is contingent on the successful completion of the program and all required coursework.
  • Students attending colleges and universities other than UNI are welcome to participate in this program. If you are not currently a UNI student, but would like to participate in this program, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.
  • Capstone courses cannot be repeated. If you have previously taken the program's capstone course, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.


Sample itinerary is subject to change. Tentative travel dates abroad: July-August, 2021. 

Day 1: Arrive in Dublin

Day 2-5: Class and Dublin sight-seeing: walking tours, Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tour, Dublin Castle, Kilmainham Gaol, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Guinness Store House, National Library, National Museum of Archeology, Abbey Theatre Performance 

Day 6: Travel to Doolin, located at the start of the Cliffs of Moher 

Day 7: Class; visit Cliffs of Moher, Ireland's most visited natural attraction, rising almost 400 feet above the sea below and featured in movies such as Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince and The Princess Bride

Day 8: Ferry to the Aran Islands and exploration of the island Inis Mor by bike   

Day 9: Travel to Island of Inishbofin

Day 10: Archeological tour of the island in order to learn about the island's fascinating history of being settled in the Bronze Age, invaded by Vikings, and the last Gaelic stronghold 

Day 11: Travel to Galway; walking tour

Day 12: Visit with local writer or performing artist

Day 13: Walking tour of Claddagh, formerly a fishing village outside the Galway city walls and most famous for the Claddagh ring, which represents love, loyalty, and friendship; evening Galway Cathedral concert

Day 14: Travel to Dublin

Day 15: Performance at Olympia Theatre, GAA Gaelic Football game, a uniquely Irish team sport (exact game date depends on the 2019 schedule)

Day 16: Docksides, EPIC Emigration Museum 

Day 17: Depart from Dublin; Return to U.S.A.

Housing & Meals

Students will stay in a hotel or hostel arranged by the Study Abroad Center and paid for before departure.  Most meals will be paid for by students out-of-pocket while abroad. Only a few meals are built into the cost of the program. Students are encouraged to try the local foods.

Program Costs

Dates & Deadlines



The Study Abroad Center reserves the right to determine participants' eligibility to Study Abroad. Students must meet all of the following in order to be eligible to Study Abroad:

  • Have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher at the time of application and maintain this cumulative GPA prior to departure and throughout the study abroad process
    • If your cumulative GPA is lower than 2.5, submit the following to the Study Abroad Center (103 East Bartlett):
    • Letters of reference from two academic contacts (e.g. academic advisor and former or current professor) supporting your pursuit of study abroad. If you are attending a faculty-led study abroad program, one of the letters must be from a course leader. However, if the program has two course leaders, only one of the letters can be from one of the course leaders.
  • Must be over the age of 18 years old
  • Must meet the course prerequisites (participation in the program is dependent upon meeting these)
  • Must be in good standing with the University
  • UNI's partner institutions may require additional eligibility requirements to be met, these vary from institution to institution. Please consult with the Study Abroad Center staff to discuss these additional requirements if applicable.
  • Applicants traveling to a region of a country or a country with an overall Travel Advisory Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) or 4 (Do Not Travel) will not be eligible.
  • All study abroad applicants must pass the Study Abroad Applicant Assessment with a score of 70% or greater.
  • Applicants may be selected for an in-person interview before being accepted. Selection for an interview does not guarantee acceptance into the program. You will be contacted directly by the Study Abroad Center if selected for an interview.