UCD John Hume Institute for Global Irish Studies 
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The UCD John Hume Institute hosts the UCD International Summer School.  The Summer School has been running at UCD since 1948.  Each year it provides an introduction to aspects of Irish history, culture and society to a group of international students.  The programme features lectures and seminars led by leading researchers and specialists.  The programmes are research led and cross disciplinary in focus.


The 2007 Summer School programme looked at modern Ireland through the prism of its Foreign Policy and external relations.

The 2008 Summer School programme took as its theme “Shared Histories” and examined the history of inward economic migration into Ireland and the process of social integration from the Plantations of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries up to the present day.

To mark 125 years of the GAA, the 2009 summer school took as its theme “Sporting Society: The social, cultural and political role of the Gaelic Athletic Association.” The programme focused on the central social, political and cultural role played by the GAA in moulding contemporary Ireland, Irish society and its contribution to the social cohesion of the the Irish diaspora around the world.