CCSA - Ireland: One Island, Two Countries

Ireland: One Island, Two Countries

May 16, 2017 —May 31, 2017

Quick Info

  • Program Dates: May 16, 2017 —May 31, 2017
  • Early Application Deadline: February 10, 2017
  • Final Application Deadline: February 24, 2017
  • Location(s): Ireland
  • Scholarships: Yes
  • Base Price: $2,955

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 and Sligo (or nearby), and a city in west Ireland. Accommodations are typically in dormitory housing in Dublin and in hotels, thereafter.


  • Ground transportation between program sites
  • Accommodations in twin rooms with occasional use of multi-bedded rooms
  • All required program excursions
  • Course-related activities and entrances
  • Daily breakfast and some additional meals
  • Health and emergency evacuation insurance
  • Program directors and staff on-site 24/7


Participants will reside in university housing and hotels while traveling from the east to west coast of Ireland. Accommodations are based primarily on double occupancy with occasional use of triple rooms. Singles may be available at an additional cost.

Optional Group Travel:

Estimated Cost: $755 - $955

Travel together with other participants as well as faculty and staff from the CCSA programs with optional group travel. If you opt for group travel CCSA will purchase a ticket 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. Includes

  • roundtrip air transportation from one of CCSA's designated U.S. departure cities.
  • roundtrip ground transportation between airport and the accommodation site.

Courses Offered


Exploring Sustainable Agriculture in Ireland
Course Description: 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.
Dr. Bruce Pratt | 3 Cr. Hrs. | LD/UD

English Language and Literature

The Irish Literary Tradition from The Tain to Toibin
Course Description: 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.
Prerequisite: 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.
Dr. Barbara J. Burch | 3 Cr. Hrs. | LD/UD

Nursing / Social Work / Healthcare Administration

Comparing Irish and American Health Care Systems
Course Description: 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.
Dr. Maire Blankenship | 3 Cr. Hrs. | LD/UD

Occupational Science / Public Health

Diversity & Occupations in Ireland
Course Description: 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.
Robert J. Mullaney, DBA, OTD-S, MBA-HSA, OTR/L | 3 Cr. Hrs. | LD/UD

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