Academic Programs

The core programing for the Kylemore Abbey Global Center consists of summer courses taught by Notre Dame faculty. Activities are prioritized and guided by the intellectual, spiritual, and cultural elements of the University mission, with oversight provided by the Kylemore Academic Committee. Kylemore holds summer programing from May to September annually; the duration of each program can be from a minimum of one day to a maximum of two consecutive weeks. Kylemore also offers conferences, retreats, and seminars, including recurring annual and biennial events.

Ongoing programs include:

Creative Writing Workshop
Ireland Inside Track
Diploma in Catholic Education
Notre Dame Study Abroad

Creative Writing Workshop

Catholic Ed

A three-week immersive creative writing course, the Creative Writing Workshop takes place at the Dublin Global Gateway and the Kylemore Abbey Global Center. The course features creative writing instruction including discussion of published works, site-specific writing exercises, and workshopping of student work led by Notre Dame faculty. The course also features literary events as well as seminars and master classes led by renowned Irish writers. During the 2016 course, Alice McDermott and Kevin Barry provided master classes to students over the course of the program. The master class instructors during the 2017 course were Niall Williams and Seamus Deane.

Students have time for their own writing and to explore the dynamic urbanism of Dublin and the stunning countryside surrounding Kylemore Abbey. While at Kylemore, students are taken on excursions to complement their coursework and inspire them in their ideas for their final writing assignments. Students engage with the physical settings that inspired the works of W.B. Yeats through their visit to the Yeats and Lady Gregory Heritage Trail, walk the steps of J.M. Synge during their trip to the Aran Islands, and live in the landscapes of Paul Henry during their pilgrimage hikes in Connemara. The students’ time in Kylemore acts as a perfect accompaniment to their visits to museums, art galleries, and theater in Dublin.

2018 Creative Writing Workshop: The Creative Writing Program in 2018 will take place from July 1-21, 2018.


Week 1: July 1-7, Dublin(ers)
Writers will walk the city as they complete writing exercises in a variety of forms and genres, and will define their final project for the course. Readings in multiple genres. Focus points: Writing the city; narrative and poetic voice; dialogue; scene and structure; emphasis; buildings; literary ghosts.

Week 2: July 8-14, Kylemore Abbey
Students will workshop longer drafts as they explore the landscape and architecture of Kylemore Abbey and continue readings and discussions. Master classes will be conducted. Readings in multiple genres will continue as we consider the role of the U.S. writer in an international context. Focus points: Architecture, ghosts, hearing voices, climate, landscape, contemplation.

Week 3: July 15-21, Kylemore Abbey
Readings, workshopping of longer drafts, master class, revision "boot camp" for final project.

Information for Applicants

The closing date for all applications is March 31, 2018 with an expected decision date of mid-April.

To apply:

  1. Fill out the application form
  2. Email the required documents listed below to

a) one letter of recommendation,
b) one 10-20 page writing sample, and
c) transcript of grades

If you have any questions about the application process or would like more information about the Creative Writing Workshop, please contact

Ireland Inside Track

Inside Track

This eight-day immersion program is designed to provide Notre Dame undergraduate students with inside access to Irish society, culture and economy. Participants interact with influential Irish leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians, and artists; they visit the European headquarters of major tech companies, and they gain an insight into Ireland’s position within the European Union and the modern global economy. They are also introduced to the magnificent Irish landscape and partake in Irish cultural and spiritual activities. This one-credit course is designed to ensure that these highly motivated students will not be passive tourists but will engage with influential Irish people, experience Ireland in a genuine way, and will absorb an authentic experience of contemporary Ireland.

Learn more and apply

Diploma in Catholic Education

Creative Writing

The Diploma in Catholic Education (DCE) at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth is an initiative borne out of the successful Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program, administered by the University of Notre Dame.

St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth in partnership with the Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame have designed a program to enhance participants’ formation as teachers in Catholic Schools. The coming together of expertise and experiences of the two institutions is an innovative, exciting, and vibrant synergy. This program seeks to encourage and support committed and enthusiastic teachers to be aware of their own faith and how it should impact their role as educators in a Catholic schools.

The Diploma in Catholic Education is concerned with preparing students for a professional role through the development of knowledge, skills and abilities and competencies, in service of a school-community ethos and sustained by a reflective spirituality. The ACE summer school will spend two weeks at the Kylemore Abbey Global Center, where they will engage in coursework, hold daily mass, attend prayers with the Benedictine community, and take part in a weekend retreat with ACE alumni. This program actively works towards Kylemore's mission for spiritual growth and engagement with the Benedictine community, and uses the setting of Kylemore Abbey as an active participant in aiding the students’ explorations into faith and prayer.

Notre Dame Study Abroad

Study Abroad

The Kylemore Abbey Global Center works closely with the Dublin Global Gateway. Students who are participating in semester study abroad programs come to Kylemore for weekend retreats, week-long courses, and other events to add to their study abroad experience in Ireland.

Learn more about the Dublin Global Gateway and available Dublin programs