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.
Scott Boyd, Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Middle Tennessee State University, currently serves as the Head of Theatrical Design. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatrical Design and Technical Production from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Bachelor of Art degree from Xavier University in Ohio. At North Carolina, he studied under world-renown designer Andreas Nomikos and four time Tony Award winner Patricia Zipprodt. His extensive design and technical production experience includes work on The Chocolate Soldier for the National Opera Company (Washington, D.C.); Camelot’s Ruby and Empire Gas for the Lost Tribe Theatre Company (New York City); and Shirtwaist and Sus Manos for the Flying Fig Theatre Company (New York City.) He has been a consultant for many community, educational, and regional productions across the American Southeast. Professor Boyd is a nine-time finalist for the First Night Awards for Outstanding Design and a three-time winner for his designs of The Tempest and The Tide Shall Cover the Earth. He served as Resident Designer/Technical Director for the acclaimed Nashville Children’s Theatre for five years and spent nine years on the faculty of Austin Peay State University before joining Middle Tennessee State University in 2004. He has recently served as the Fred Coe Artist in Residence at Vanderbilt University. Scott is a member of the United Scenic Artists Local #829 .He has taught and directed London and Ireland programs for CCSA for 20 plus years.
Option 1 — Group Travel
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 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 https://ccsa.cc/departures 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 May 31, 2021 —June 16, 2021 Base Price
TBA Enrollment Status: OPEN
February 26, 2021 ($100 application discount if received by February 12)Scholarships: See our scholarships page
Broadcasting & Media Studies / Communication / Art & Design / Literature
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.
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 requirementWKU Course: ENG 399 / ENG 501
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
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.