Ireland: Limerick to Dublin

July 13, 2021 —July 27, 2021

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.

Program Package

  • Accommodations: 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

CCSA Central Office

Contact Information

Stephen Farley - Applications

Robert Bedard - Payments

Robin Byerly - Travel

Option 1 — Group Travel

Cost: TBA

Travel together with faculty, staff and other participants from your CCSA program with optional group travel. If you opt for group travel CCSA will purchase a airline ticket from select U.S. cities on your behalf. The airline cost will be included in your final bill from CCSA. In addition to the flight, those that choose group travel also receive transport to/from the accommodation in the destination city and the airport.

You can check our currently available departure cities on our departures page CCSA highly recommends this option for those new to international travel.

  • roundtrip air transportation from one of CCSA's designated U.S. departure cities.
  • roundtrip ground transportation between airport and the accommodation site.
  • CCSA faculty and staff to guide you through the immigration and customs process.
* All prices are estimates based on summer 2020 costs. Final pricing will be published on the CCSA website by May 2021.

Option 2 —Independent Travel:

If you wish to make independent travel arrangements and depart from a city not listed or travel outside the program dates please choose INDEPENDENT TRAVEL from the selection below. You will book your own flights and arrange your own transportation to/from the airport and the accommodation site of the program. This is a great option for going early, staying late, or using airline miles to purchase tickets. We highly recommend participants not fly standby for these programs as a late arrival may negatively impact your grade.

Important Note for Independent Travelers: Please be aware that your check-in date may be up to 24 hours AFTER the program start date (program dates include travel time). Check the CCSA website at for your scheduled date/time check-in.


Not required for U.S. citizens for less than a 3-month stay. Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for obtaining a visa as needed.

Program Dates
July 13, 2021 —July 27, 2021

Base Price

Enrollment Status: OPEN

Application Deadline
March 26, 2021
($100 application discount if received by March 12)
See our scholarships page

Courses 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: COMM 415
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
WKU Course: PR 415 / COMM 415
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 Cliffs of Moher 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
WKU Course: ENG 399 / ENG 501
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 350 / EDU 250
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.
WKU Course: GWS 470
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 Cliffs of Moher 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
WKU Course: ENGL 290
Professor Bill Mullen | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U