CCSA - Ireland - Limerick to Dublin - Summer 2020 - Study Abroad

Ireland - Limerick to Dublin

July 07, 2020 —July 21, 2020

Study Ireland from two locations: Limerick and Dublin. Limerick is a gateway to Ireland’s western regions. Limerick City is over one thousand years old. A Viking settlement, a medieval walled town, and a Georgian city all led to this modern, vibrant city on the Shannon River. We then travel across the Republic of Ireland to Dublin where you’ll find a modern European capital full of people from around the world.

Program Package

  • Accommodations: Included.
  • 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

CCSA Central Office

Contact Information

Stephen Farley - Applications

Robert Bedard - Payments

Robin Byerly - Travel

Option 1 — Group Travel

Estimated Cost: $949 – $1149

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 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.
* All prices are estimates based on summer 2019 costs. Final pricing will be published on the CCSA website by May 2020.

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 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
July 07, 2020 —July 21, 2020
(14 days)
Base Price
$2,999 - $3,199*

Estimated Airfare
$949 - $1,149
(estimated additional cost based on recent airline prices)

Enrollment Status: OPEN

Application Deadline
February 28, 2020
($100 application discount if received by February 14)
Scholarships: OPEN
Due March 06. See our scholarships page

Courses Offered

Anthropology / Gerontology

Living the Country Life in Ireland
Course Description: Explore Irish rural life as it is today and as it has influenced the image of Ireland in the modern world. By visiting living history museums of rural life, like Bunratty 19th century Folk Park, and sites of antiquity, such as Caggenowen ancient Celtic park and Newgrange megalithic center, as well as touring the Irish countryside and interacting with local folks in the lively cities of Limerick and Dublin, students will gain an understanding of the transformation of Irish society in recent decades, and learn how in rarely acknowledged ways Irish society has influenced modern life in the USA.
Prerequisite: None
WKU Course: ANTH 366 (G)
Dr. Michael Joseph Simonton | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

Art / Design

How Museums Communicate History: Irish Museums Tell Their Stories
Course Description: At almost 1,100 years old, Limerick has a rich culture steeped in heritage. What are the devices the city uses to tell its many stories? We will visit a wide variety of museums – from heritage centers to art museums, a brewery museum and a medieval castle - to examine the role that museum exhibition design plays in communicating knowledge and creating experiences. For design, history, and museum studies students, this course provides a unique learning opportunity— with on-site analyses of how history is preserved in museum settings and intensive evaluations of how museum exhibition design shapes the public’s historical consciousness and is constantly evolving with new media.
Prerequisite: None
WKU Course: ART 490
Prof. Elizabeth “Betty” Bone | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

Child and Family Studies / Film and Media

Family Dynamics in Movies in Ireland
Course Description: This course will explore concepts of family systems theory as applied to relationships over the lifespan with a focus on families portrayed in movies set in Ireland. Films are a powerful medium for observing the characteristics of individuals as they participate in family dynamics. Visiting the locations from scenes in movies such as Angela’s Ashes and P.S. I Love You will offer opportunities to discuss how culture impacts relationships. Potential visits include the Sarsfield Bridge and Whelan’s Pub on Wexford Street in Limerick, Kilmainham Gaol and Trinity College in Dublin, and other sites such as Galway, Cork, and the Dingle Peninsula.
Prerequisite: Basic Writing Course
WKU Course: FACS 311 / FACS 598
Prof. Karen Walker | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U


Classroom Context in the U.S. and Ireland
Course Description: Join this exploration of Irish schools and culture to gain a deeper understanding of how culturally responsive classrooms have developed in Ireland. This course investigates the ways in which classroom spaces provide social-emotional and culturally responsive teaching to meet the needs and context of the students in that classroom. By visiting such places as Adare Village, Hunt Museum and the Frank McCourt Museum, as well as observing teaching and learning going on inside schools in Limerick, students will compare global school environments and evaluate these environments in order to create their own plan for developing and sustaining a culturally responsive and emotionally appropriate classroom.
Prerequisite: None
WKU Course: EDU 200
Dr. Kimberly Haverkos | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

English / Literature

Irish Myth and Magic
Course Description: Explore Irish myths, folklore and fairytales on location in Ireland! We will visit sacred sites such as Grange Stone Circle and The Rock of the Candle, with a possible day trip to the Neolithic burial grounds at New Grange - all while wandering through the lush green hills of the Irish countryside. In this introductory course, suitable for majors and non-majors, students will explore ancient stories of heroes, gods and sacred sites, as well as contemporary supernatural stories concerning fairies, ghosts and monsters. The ultimate goal of our course will be a greater understanding for how people both ancient and modern use stories to make sense of the world around them.
Prerequisite: None
WKU Course: ENGL 290
Prof. Sarah Blackwell | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

Health Care Administration / Public Health / Philosophy

Living in the Light o' Death in Ireland
Course Description: What is a good death? A good life? This course, with a focus on the cross-cultural experience of death & dying, will help students think about who we are and what makes us human. Designed for students majoring in pre-health professional, health care administration, global health services, and philosophy, the class will draw on Irish literature, poetry, music, and philosophy to reflect on living in the light of death. We’ll enrich our understanding of the cultural and historical context for Irish attitudes to living and dying on field trips to such places as ancient and modern religious sites, cathedrals, cemeteries, museums, a hospice and a funeral home, as well as pubs.
Prerequisite: None
WKU Course: PH 444
Dr. Cate Sherron | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U