May 28, 2018 —June 12, 2018
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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

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. Included are day trips to such locations
as Glendalough/Powerscourt House and Aran Islands.

Program Package

  • Accommodations: Included.
  • Course-related activities and entrances fees
  • All course-related ground transportation
  • Additional cultural program excursions
  • Health and emergency evacuation insurance* (International Programs Only)
  • On-Site Director's and staff on-site 24/7

CCSA Central Office

Contact Information

Stephen Farley - Applications

Robert Bedard - Payments

Robin Byerly - Travel

Group or Individual Travel Allowed

Option One - Group Travel

Travel together with faculty, staff and other participants from your CCSA program with our 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, you will 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.

Option Two - Individual 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.

* All prices are estimates based on prior programs. Final pricing will be published on the CCSA website by the first payment deadline.


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 28, 2018 —June 12, 2018

Base Price


Payment Process
See our payments page
Enrollment Status: CLOSED

Regular Application Deadline
February 23, 2018
App Fee Currently $250

Courses Offered

English Language and Literature / History / Celtic Studies

Myth and Mythmakers in Irish Literature
Course Description: This course will focus on the legendary characters and landscapes of Irish myth and literature. Reading a selection of the greatest hits of Irish literature, we will visit numerous relevant sites like the ruins of Glendalough Monastery in the Wicklow Mountains and Yeats country in the West of Ireland.

Our reading and exploration will allow us to understand how artists from medieval times to the current day tell stories that record the mythology of the past and also remake it to speak to the concerns of the their contemporary audience.
Prerequisite: Students in the lower level course should have completed their college's basic writing requirement. Students in the upper level course should have a completed a survey or Intro to Literature course.
Dr. Barbara Burch | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U/H

Nursing / Health Care Administration / Social Work

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 Newtownpark House Nursing Home and Mater Misericordiae Hospital 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. | U

English Language and Literature

Status: Unavailable
Ireland Forever: Visions of the Nation in Irish Literature
Course Description: Since the Irish Free State gained independence in 1922, leaving six northern counties linked to Britain as Northern Ireland, writers on both sides of the border have negotiated a disrupted dream of their homeland. We will investigate how these writers now define their Irishness. Hint: the answer does not include dyeing any rivers green.

We will visit the homes of William Butler Yeats (Thoor Ballylee) and Lady Augusta Gregory (Coole Parke), the James Joyce Tower in Sandycove, and two Seamus Heaney sites. Come to appreciate Irish literature in your “deep heart's core” (as Yeats would say) in context in Ireland.
Prerequisite: Basic writing requirement at student's home university or completion of a literature survey or introduction to literature course.
Prof. Ann Neelon | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U/G/H

Public Health / Race & Ethnicity / Nursing / Rehabilitation & Therapy

Status: Unavailable
Ways of Life in Ireland: Culture, Diversity, and Occupation
Course Description: Broaden your understanding of the contemporary and traditional ways of life in Ireland. Enhance your understanding of what people value as occupations and how they spend their time while immersing yourself in their culture. Conduct interviews, structured observations, journaling, and group discussions as part of your classroom abroad experiences. Learning sites include places such as St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Aran Islands, local hospitals, museums, and even a state of the art child-development center. This course is excellent preparation for students majoring in the health sciences, social sciences, business, and any other discipline where interacting with other people is required.
Dr. Robert Mullaney | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U/G
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