CCSA - Ireland - One Island, Two Countries - Summer 2020 - Study Abroad

Ireland - One Island, Two Countries

June 01, 2020 —June 17, 2020

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. Included are day trips to locations such as Glendalough 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
  • Program directors and staff on-site 24/7

CCSA Central Office

Contact Information

Stephen Farley - Applications

Robert Bedard - Payments

Robin Byerly - Travel

Scott Boyd

Program Director

Scott Boyd Scott Boyd, Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Middle Tennessee State University, currently serves as the Head of Theatrical Design. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatrical Design and Technical Production from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Bachelor of Art degree from Xavier University in Ohio. At North Carolina, he studied under world-renown designer Andreas Nomikos and four time Tony Award winner Patricia Zipprodt. His extensive design and technical production experience includes work on The Chocolate Soldier for the National Opera Company (Washington, D.C.); Camelot’s Ruby and Empire Gas for the Lost Tribe Theatre Company (New York City); and Shirtwaist and Sus Manos for the Flying Fig Theatre Company (New York City.) He has been a consultant for many community, educational, and regional productions across the American Southeast. Professor Boyd is a nine-time finalist for the First Night Awards for Outstanding Design and a three-time winner for his designs of The Tempest and The Tide Shall Cover the Earth. He served as Resident Designer/Technical Director for the acclaimed Nashville Children’s Theatre for five years and spent nine years on the faculty of Austin Peay State University before joining Middle Tennessee State University in 2004. He has recently served as the Fred Coe Artist in Residence at Vanderbilt University. Scott is a member of the United Scenic Artists Local #829 .He has taught and directed London and Ireland programs for CCSA for 20 plus years.

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
June 01, 2020 —June 17, 2020
(16 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

Art History / Architecture History

Celtic Heritage to Irish Nationalism: Reading the Irish Landscape in Art and Architecture
Course Description: If you enjoy exploring sublime and picturesque landscapes, art museums, and medieval ruins, join this journey through Ireland’s mythical and historical past. Designed for students with interests in art, architecture, landscape, and history, this class examines the work of artists and architects who rendered Ireland’s landscape(s) in paintings, prints, drawings, and constructed environments from the Middle Ages to the early 1900s. Readings will inform visits to museums in Dublin and Belfast, gardens and parks, ruined abbeys and monasteries, the Cliffs of Moher, the Giant’s Causeway and the bogs of Connemara.
Prerequisite: Art appreciation or art history survey course.
WKU Course: ART 490
Prof. Katherine Colburn | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U/G/H

Communication / English

Travel Writing! Intercultural Communication in Ireland
Course Description: Come explore Ireland while developing travel writing skills! We’ll develop an observant eye at Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity College’s Book of Kells, and Dublin Castle, and in Belfast at the Titanic Museum. You will learn to select story-worthy facts as you explore natural wonders like the Giant’s Causeway and the Cliffs of Moher, while the Aran Islands will inspire your writing. You’ll experience the Guinness Brewery, Dublin Farmer’s Market, traditional Irish weaving, and a working Irish sheepdog demonstration. Through this Irish journey, you’ll develop your skills in observation, description, and multimedia storytelling as you write travel blogs, short features, and multimedia stories.
Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of the instructor.
WKU Course: ENGL 290 / ENGL 329
Dr. Mickey Wadia | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U/G

Healthcare Administration / Nursing

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.
Prerequisite: None
WKU Course: HCA 347
Professor Sarah “Libby” Whitis | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

International Business / Management

International Human Resource Management in Ireland
Course Description: Explore the “people side” of business in Ireland and Northern Ireland by joining this class in human resource management from an international perspective. We will examine the human resource landscape by meeting with education and government representatives and visiting businesses across several industries, including manufacturing, hospitality and tourism, and agriculture. Understanding the historical and cultural context for Irish social and political policies in human resource management will be gained through visits to such varied sites as Trinity College in Dublin and the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland. You will benefit from adding this international experience to your qualifications in business and human resource management.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Business and Organizations.
WKU Course: MGT 413
Dr. Dana Cosby | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U