The Faculty of Arts Summer School in Irish Studies at the University College Cork runs for four weeks during July each summer. In the first two weeks, the school will explore the historical foundations of Irish identity and how the Irish contribution to the development of western civilization earned it the reputation as the Island of Saints and Scholars. The second two weeks of the program will be spent examining how twentieth-century writers sought to define a sense of cultural identity by exploring this idealized version of Ireland's past. When they are not in class, students will participate in Aspire group activities, cultural events, and excursions through UCC. Students have the opportunity to earn college credit through this program. Participants will stay in a residence hall during their time abroad. Cork, Ireland’s second largest city, is a lively city located only a few miles away from the famous Blarney Castle and Blarney stone on the beautiful south coast of Ireland. It is known for its great contributions to architecture, design, music, dance, theater, film, food, literature and sports. Aspire students will experience both traditional and modern Ireland in Cork.