Many imagine Ireland as a lush green island, full of thatched cottages, rugged coastlines, castles, music, poetry, and pubs. While these elements do exist, modern Ireleand faces a less idyllic politcal and economic landscape. The Irish boom economy of the 1990's known as the "Celtic Tiger" crashed in 2008, and ever since, Ireland has been struggling with difficult times. Yet, its four million people maintain a strong spirit, and visitors are warmly welcomed. Ireland has a young, well-educated population, with over 50 percent of the people under 30.
Dublin, a city of one million, combines stately architecture and lush gardens, with a wealth of outstanding museums, art gallereies, theaters, and cinemas. Students also enjoy the lively social life in Dublin's pubs, clubs, and restaurants. The city is small and walkable, and a stroll through the city is always a pleasure.
The Pomona Program in Ireland is administerd by Arcadia Universty, and hosted at Trinity College, an institution with an enrollment of 12,000 undergraduate students and 5,000 graduate students. Established in 1592 as the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth near Dublin, it is Ireland's oldest and most highly ranked university. Centrally located in Dublin, the College sits on a beautfiul forty-acre site.
Fall Semester: mid-August to mid-December
Spring Semester: early January to late May
Fields of Study:
Trinity College accepts students by department. Students may select one to three departments, and indicate which courses they wish to take. The English and History departments may have limited spaces. Students must select departments in which they have completed coursework at Pomona.
The following departments are open to visiting international students: language and communications studies, classics, drama, English, economics, European studies, film, history, history of art, Irish music, philosophy, political science, psychology, religions and theology, sociology, biochemistry, biology, botany, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, geography, geology, mathematics, microbiology, physics
Number of Students:
Approximately 5 to 8 Pomona students. The Arcadia group totals approximately 30.
The fall program begins with the Trinity Semester Start-Up Program. It runs for three-weeks and focuses on Irish Studies (0.5 Pomona course credits). Students will then register for courses at Trinity College totaling the equivalent of 14 semester credits, or 3.5 Pomona course credits. The total number of courses varies, because Trinity courses carry differing credit amounts. The Trinity spring semester is longer than the fall, without a credit-bearing start-up course on Irish Studies. Students will earn 4 Pomona credits for a full-time courseload.
Arcadia students at Trinity College live in Arcadia provided flats in residential neighborhoods south of the city center. Most flats accommodate three to five students, with a kitchen and living area. The accommodations are self-catered, and Pomona will provide a meal allowance.