A rich history steeped in tradition. A vibrant, modern country. An origin and a destination.

Notre Dame’s Department of Irish Language and Literature, the only one of its kind in North America, gives students the unique opportunity to learn the Irish language and to engage with its literature and culture, among the oldest attested in Europe. Students enjoy small classes, personal attention, and exciting opportunities for study, research and internships in Ireland. Gain a deeper knowledge of a dynamic country and an exciting culture.



An education that enriches the understanding of the humanities and global culture

Meet the Faculty

World-class scholars give students a unique knowledge of Irish culture and traditions

Study Abroad

Take advantage of fully funded internships and study abroad programs

Study Irish Language & Literature

Immerse yourself in the vibrant, rich culture of Ireland, focusing on the island's oldest yet vibrantly modern language, Irish (Gaelic), and also including literature, folklore, film, and more. Engage in truly authentic Irish experiences with renowned faculty in and out of the classroom.