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  • Locations: Dublin, Ireland; Limerick, Ireland; Shannon, Ireland; Travel Day, United States
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Program Sponsor: CCSA- Cooperative Center for Study Abroad 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 02/26/2021 ** Rolling Admission 07/13/2021 07/27/2021
NOTE: $100 application discount if received by February 12th

** Indicates rolling admission application process.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Course Disciplines: Advertising and Promotion, Comparative Literature, Communication, Creative Writing, Education, English Language and Literature, Health Care Administration, Philosophy, Public Health Program Type: Short Program (2-4 weeks)
Language Requirement: No
Program Description:

Program Details:

Program Base Price: TBA
Airfare: TBA
Dates: Jul 13, 2021 – Jul 27, 2021
Scholarships: Yes (see scholarships page)

Program Description:

Study Ireland from two locations: Limerick and Dublin. Limerick is a gateway to Ireland’s western regions. Limerick City is over 1000 years old. A Viking settlement, a medieval walled town, and a Georgian city all led to this modern, vibrant city on the Shannon River. We then travel across Ireland to Dublin where you’ll find a modern European capital full of people from around the world.

More Info:

The price of this CCSA program includes:
  • In Limerick, participants will reside at Grove Island Student Village with access to familiar college services and facilities. All rooms are single en suite (including shower, washbasin and toilet) in four- and five-bedroom apartments with a shared living room. Towels are NOT provided.

    In Dublin, accommodations at Dublin City University’s All Hallows Campus housing will allow easy access to class activities and the city center. Students are housed in single bedrooms and will share bathroom facilities. Daily breakfast at the All Hallows Restaurant is included.

  • Course-related activities and entrances fees
  • All course-related ground transportation
  • Additional cultural program excursions
  • Health and emergency evacuation insurance
  • Program directors and staff on-site 24/7
  • Daily breakfast and some additional meals

Course(s) Offered:

Broadcasting & Media Studies / Communication / Art & Design / Literature

Digital Storytelling: Exploring Cultural Connections
Course Description: Everyone has a story to tell, and in this class students will develop their own stories as they relate to the culture of Ireland by creating audio and video projects on location. We will examine digital media as a tool for seeing, exploring, and expressing cultural identity. While visiting ancient sites, cathedrals, and museums and attending concerts, students will document their experience as a participant observer during this historical time. You're invited to take advantage of this opportunity to develop your cultural competency and sensitivity in the process of documenting intercultural stories in Ireland.
Prerequisite: None
WKU Course: JOUR 481
Dr. Ann Andaloro | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U, H, G

Communication / Advertising & Promotion

Melody & Marketing: Irish Music on the Global Stage
Course Description: Ireland's musical heritage runs deep, touching all aspects of Irish life, from history and politics to culture and tourism, both cherished by individuals and sold by corporations. While exploring the artistic and social influences of traditional and modern Celtic music, this class also focuses on how it is distributed, promoted and consumed in today's ever-changing music marketplace. We’ll experience live music in various settings, from concert hall performances to pub ceilidhs as well as buskers on street corners. By program’s end, students will have gained an appreciation of the rich history of Irish music as well as the role business and political influences play in its evolution.
Prerequisite: None
Dr. Jim Gleason | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

Creative Writing / Literature / Pop Culture

Folktales & Fairy Tales: Creative Writing in Ireland
Course Description: Explore the landscape of Ireland through the lens of folktales featuring such fantastic creatures as fairies in hillsides, Celtic gods, and mermaids on island shores. We’ll be reading folk stories while traveling through the landscapes in which they are sited, journaling about our individual and collective experiences, and writing our own fairy tales, folktales and myths. From exploring the Giant’s Causeway and the Aran Islands to visiting museums exhibiting medieval folktale texts and celebrating the magic of leprechauns, you will be experiencing Ireland in ways that will enrich your understanding of literary history and inspire your imagination to create your own stories.
Prerequisite: Students should have completed their college's basic writing requirement
Professor Emrys Donaldson | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U


Classroom Context in the U.S. & Ireland
Course Description: Join this exploration of Irish schools and culture
to gain a deeper understanding of how culturally responsive classrooms have developed in Ireland. This course investigates the ways in which classroom spaces provide social-emotional and culturally responsive teaching to meet the needs and context of the students in that classroom. By visiting such places as Adare Village, Hunt Museum and the Frank McCourt Museum, as well as observing teaching and learning going on inside schools in Limerick, students will compare global school environments and evaluate these environments in order to create their own plan for developing and sustaining a culturally responsive and emotionally appropriate classroom.
Prerequisite: None
WKU Course: EDU 200
Dr. Kimberly Haverkos | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

English / Literature

Myth & Magic: Irish Mythology & Folklore
Course Description: Explore Irish myths, folklore and fairytales on location in Ireland! In this introductory course, suitable for both English majors and non-majors, students will delve into ancient stories of heroes, gods and sacred sites, as well as contemporary supernatural stories concerning fairies, ghosts and monsters. We will wander through the lush green Irish countryside, from the Cliffs of Moher to St Patrick’s Rock of Cashel, visiting sacred sites, stone circles, castles, gardens and museums. After immersing yourself in these experiences, you will gain a greater understanding for how people both ancient and modern use stories to make sense of the world around them.
Prerequisite: None
WKU Course: ENGL 290
Professor Sarah Blackwell | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

Gender Studies / Interdisciplinary / Pop Culture / History

Enchanted Women of Ireland
Course Description: What do supernatural creatures, like wailing banshees, prankster fairies, and shape-shifting morrigans, have in common with Ireland's businesswomen, herbalists, widows, and otherwise misunderstood women? In this course we will visit sites in both city and country that provide cultural, literary, and artistic depictions of women in Irish society to gain a better understanding of how women in Ireland have made indelible contributions to Irish history while remaining marginalized. Literature, museums, and natural locations will be our learning sites in our exploration of the evolving roles of women in Irish society as reflected in Irish culture.
Prerequisite: Students should have completed their college's basic writing requirement.
Dr. Lisa Day | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

Healthcare Administration / Public Health / Philosophy

Cross-Cultural Explorations of the Meaning of Life & Death
Course Description: What is a good life? A good death? What gives our lives meaning and purpose? Designed for students majoring in pre-health professional, health care administration, global health services, and philosophy, this course focuses on cross-cultural experiences common to Americans and Irish, drawing on Irish literature, poetry, music, and philosophy to reflect on living in the light of death. We’ll enrich our understanding of the cultural and historical context for Irish attitudes to living and dying on field trips to such places as ancient and modern religious sites, cathedrals, cemeteries, museums, a hospice and a funeral home, as well as pubs.
Prerequisite: None
WKU Course: PH 444
Dr. Cate Sherron | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

Literature / Psychology / Sociology / Pop Culture

Castles & Cliffsides: Literature of The Emerald Isle
Course Description: Gain an understanding of the rich historical and cultural background to Irish literature by experiencing the locales that have inspired Irish authors over the centuries, including ancient churches and castles, Ireland's beautiful and mystic landscape, and the historic pubs where iconic music still flourishes. From the Cliffs of Moher to the Giant’s Causeway and from seaside villages to Dublin’s vibrant urban culture, this class will focus on the sources of Irish literature and the magnificent range of ways that Irish authors have depicted the human condition in such literary genres as romanticism, mysticism, satire, Gothic and realism.
Prerequisite: None
Professor Bill Mullen | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

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