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  • Locations: Athlone, Ireland; Belfast, United Kingdom; Derry, United Kingdom; Dublin, Ireland; Gort, Ireland; Sligo, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Program Sponsor: CCSA- Cooperative Center for Study Abroad 
Program Description:

Program Details:

Program Base Price: $2,955
Estimated Airfare: $755 - $955
Dates: May 16 – 31, 2017
Scholarships: Yes (see scholarships page)


Program Description:

Study across an island divided by a border, but joined in history. The program takes you to both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. From Dublin, the capital of the Republic, we’ll uncover the cultural significance behind Glendalough, Trinity College and places made famous by such writers as James Joyce and Jonathan Swift. Then we’ll head to Northern Ireland (part of the United Kingdom), tracking the history of Ireland, ancient and modern, stopping at the magnificent coastal World Heritage Site, the Giant’s Causeway, and visiting locations associated more recently with the Troubles in Belfast and Derry. Then it’s off to the beauty of the mountains, valleys and islands of the West of Ireland where Gaelic and traditional music can still be heard. Discover the beauty and the tragedy, the history and the hope that define this land still struggling to be united.

The schedule, subject to change, includes stays in Dublin, Belfast, Derry or nearby city, Sligo or nearby city, and Galway. Accommodations are typically in dormitory housing in Dublin and in hotels, thereafter. Day trips to such locations as Glendalough/Powerscourt House and Aran Islands.


More Info:

The price of this CCSA program includes:
  • accommodations in twin rooms, with occasional use of multi-bedded rooms
  • local transport pass in Dublin (LEAP card)
  • health and emergency evacuation insurance
  • most program excursions, course-related activities and entrances
  • breakfast and some additional meals


A GROUP TRAVEL OPTION through CCSA is available at additional cost and includes:

  • Round trip air transportation from one of CCSA’s designated US departure cities.
  • Round trip ground transportation between the destination/departure airport(s) and the accommodation sites.
Travel with friends and other participants on this program as a group all the way to your destination! If this is your first time abroad (or even flying!) we highly recommend you travel as part of the group. Round-trip air transportation from cities other than CCSA-designated airports MAY be considered on a case-by-case basis at an additional cost.


Course(s) Offered:


Exploring Sustainable Agriculture in Ireland

Agriculture has many challenges in coming decades to feed 9 billion people by 2050 while also trying to preserve our natural resources for future generations. Sustainable agriculture is an emerging concept that proposes to achieve both goals. Where better to explore the notion of sustainability than the beautiful Emerald Island? We will compare sustainable practices in Ireland with conventional practices in the U.S. and discuss issues like animal welfare, food safety, local marketing, and environmental sustainability. Tentatively, our class will visit the Aran Islands, Irish National Stud & Gardens, the National Famine Museum, Guinness Storehouse, as well as local producers.


The Irish Literary Tradition from the Tain to Toibin

Ireland is a small country with an out-sized literary tradition. This course brings the genius and value of that tradition into focus, by reading "greatest hits" of Irish literature, including the tragi-comic Tain Bo Culaigne and important works by Swift, Yeats, Synge and some contemporary authors. How Irish folklore influences literary production will be considered, while our reading will be enriched by visits to sites such as the James Joyce Museum at Sandy Cove, the monastic ruins at Glendalough and Yeats's home at Thoor Ballylee, and in Belfast sites related to writing about Irish politics. This course allows you to construct a broad understanding of the scope and variety of Irish literature.

Prerequisites: Students in the lower level course should have completed their college's basic writing requirement. Students in the upper level course should have completed a survey or introduction to literature course.


Comparing Irish and American Health Care Systems

Anyone considering a career in healthcare will gain valuable experience in this class comparing American and Irish healthcare systems, including such topics as educational preparation, the Irish healthcare team system, the health concerns of Ireland's vulnerable populations, and health indicators. Visiting healthcare locations such as Bon Secours hospital in Galway and Newtown Park House Nursing Home in Dublin, we will interact with both providers and consumers of healthcare to deepen participants' understanding of how Irish and American health systems compare, while visiting historical sites to expand participants' knowledge of how historical and cultural beliefs influence health practices.


Diversity and Occupations in Ireland

Enhance your understanding of the differences of human ability and occupation in Irish society through interviews, observation, site visits, attendance at community events and gatherings, self-reflection, daily journal writing, and presentations. Students will critically observe people at some fifteen sites, such as Trinity College, National Library and Museum, and St. Patrick's Cathedral. In this class, students will conduct interviews and analyze the differences in occupations (or what people do), while learning about the indigenous cultures and assessing how factors such as politics, history, religion, diversity and culture influence occupations and how individuals value what they do.