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Creative Writing Program

This 4-week intensive Creative Writing Program is taught by world-renowned Irish playwright and professor Marina Carr. The course will feature creative writing instruction including lectures, discussions, workshopping, and critiques of students' work. In the setting of Kylemore and Galway, students will reflect upon their peers' fiction, poetry, scripts and/or hybrid writing. Themes that will be discussed will be ghosts, hearing voices, climate, landscape, and contemplation. Students will have the opportunity to engage with classical texts, Irish poets, and authors and will be able to workshop longer drafts. Readings in multiple genres will help showcase the role of the U.S./Irish writer in a global context. Upon the completion of the course, students will have had the opportunity to work and develop their craft.

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Summer Engineering Program

This 6-week, 6 credit program gives engineering students an opportunity to live, study and explore in two separate regions in the west of Ireland. Students will start their Irish journey by spending the first three weeks at Notre Dame’s Global Center at Kylemore Abbey, where they will be immersed in a full cultural and professional development program in the Wild Atlantic Way and the landscape of the west of Ireland. Students will then move on to Galway City where they will take classes at NUI Galway and stay at the NUIG dorms. The program includes extensive outdoor activities such as hill walking, hiking, sailing, and cycling.

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Pre-College Study Abroad

Spend two weeks in Ireland studying Irish history and literature as well as learn with the soles of your feet on a variety of excursions, cultural activities and exposure to Irish music, drama and life. While visiting Ireland, rising high school seniors receive one credit that can be applied to their college transcript at Notre Dame.

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ACE Summer Courses for Teachers 

Education has been a central component to life at Kylemore Abbey for decades. This tradition continues through a number of initiatives including the provision of Professional Development for teachers at Notre Dame’s Global Centre at Kylemore.

As part of the partnership with the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Ireland a range of complimentary activities will be offered throughout the week for those who wish to participate.

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