University of Oregon

Cinema Studies in Dublin

Program Overview

In this summer program, you will be immersed in cinema studies in Ireland. You will get to work both critically and creatively, taking courses on contemporary Irish cinema and digital filmmaking, as well as attending Ireland’s largest film festival held every year in Galway, the Film Fleadh. Weekly excursions and local outings in and around Dublin and the Irish countryside allow you to learn on location about the country’s rich film history and explore the sites where important historical events, and films about those events, took place.

You will attend courses in Dún Laoghaire, a community on the outskirts of Dublin, and live with Irish families in homestays. The program fee includes excursions, the film festival, many other group cultural and social activities, full on-site support, and a program orientation.

Academic Details

You will enroll in both the critical studies and production courses. The Ireland Onscreen course will be taught by University of Oregon faculty member Dr. Michael Aronson. The Digital Dublin: Filmmaking in Ireland course will be taught by an experienced Irish filmmaker and instructor from IADT.

The courses will consist of weekday class meetings (Monday-Thursday), screenings, guest lectures, field activities including location shooting, excursions to relevant film and historical sites, and a long weekend group trip to the Galway Film Fleadh (Festival).

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Scholarship funds are available for students accepted to this program. If interested, please refer to the Dublin Scholarship Essay in the program application or contact your study abroad advisor.

Faculty and Staff

Michael Aronson is an Associate Professor and the Director of Cinema Studies at the University of Oregon. He came to academia from a background as a commercial cameraman but most of his current research revolves around the history and culture of early cinema.   Dr. Aronson helped start the GEO Cinema Studies program in Dublin in 2012 and believes that Irish cinema is severely underrated and thoroughly enjoyable.

Housing Description

You will be placed (usually with another student or more) as a "paying guest" with a family in Dún Laoghaire or surrounding Dublin County, and commute to IADT each day by local transportation. Breakfasts and dinners are offered by the family, but lunches are usually not provided. Dún Laoghaire offers a variety of nice cafés, pubs and eateries.

Host families are very carefully screened and provide good, affordable accommodation offering you the opportunity to develop your independence and social skills by participating in family, community, cultural and recreational activities. Many cherish the homestay experience as one of the most rewarding aspects of the Dublin program experience and remain lifelong friends with their host family.

Dates and Deadlines

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Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.