The Center for Irish Programs brings together all Irish initiatives at Boston College and is comprised of the Irish Studies Program, the Irish Institute, the Burns Library Irish Collections and Boston College Ireland.

Founded in 1978, BC's Irish Studies program provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Irish culture and society. The program offers an undergraduate minor in Irish Studies and an MA in Irish Literature and Culture. Graduate programs in English and History attract, train and place outstanding PhD candidates who wish to integrate Irish studies into their disciplines.


Working under the auspices of the Center for Irish Programs and in close connection with the Irish Studies Program, the Irish Institute utilizes cross-campus and local resources to facilitate personal, corporate, and professional educational exchanges whose goal  is to promote a more lasting peace on the island of Ireland. The Irish Institute hosts officials and policymakers from Ireland and Northern Ireland for professional development programs in areas such as government, non-profit, business, and education.

Boston College Ireland serves the community of Boston College students, alumni, faculty and friends.  It supports study abroad students in Ireland while offering summer study and internships as well.

Based in two beautiful Georgian buildings, dating from the 1740s, Boston College Ireland is located at 43 St. Stephen's Green, in the heart of Dublin.