CCSA - Ireland - Summer 2018


May 28, 2018 —June 12, 2018

Quick Info

  • Program Dates: May 28, 2018 —June 12, 2018
  • Early Application Deadline: February 9, 2018
  • Final Application Deadline: February 23, 2018
  • Location(s): Ireland
  • Scholarships: Yes
  • Base Price: $ 2,865

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

Ireland Program Package

Base Price $2,865 Includes:

  • En-suite accommodations in single rooms (Dublin) and twin rooms (with occasional use of multi–bedded rooms) for the remainder of the program
  • 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
  • Local transport pass in Dublin (LEAP card)


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:

Cost: $690
(estimated additional cost based on recent airline prices)

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 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

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 / Healthcare 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: Cancelled
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: Cancelled
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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