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.
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
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: $599 – $849 * (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 ground transportation between airport and the accommodation site.
* All prices are estimates based on Summer 2017 costs. Final pricing will be published on the CCSA website by September 2018.
English / Literature
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. Students should expect to walk up to 4 miles per day.
Prerequisite: Basic writing requirement at student's home
university or completion of a literature survey or introduction to
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
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. Our travels will include being on the coach
and walking. There may be stairs to reach our
destination. There may be uneven paths and hills.
Expect 5+ miles per day.
Public Health / Race & Ethnicity / Nursing / Rehabilitation & Therapy
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. Ability to walk 3-5 miles per day on some days;
ability to withstand long sitting times (such as may
occur with travel or excursions).