Ireland: One Island, Two Countries

May 31, 2022 —June 15, 2022

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 Galway. 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* (International Programs Only)
  • Program directors and staff on-site 24/7

Participants will reside at Dublin City University’s (DCU) Glasnevin Campus the first 6 nights of the program. Individuals will be assigned to standard apartments, which consist of 5 private en suite bedrooms (including toilet, sink and shower) with access to a spacious shared kitchen/lounge area.

  • Each apartment’s shared kitchen area is equipped with refrigerator, oven, cooktop, microwave, toaster, kettle, 2 pots, 2 frying pans, cutting board, tableware, drinkware, cutlery and general utensils.
  • All bedrooms are equipped with an en-suite bathroom and shower, tea and coffee making facilities, and a work desk. Bed linens and towels are provided.
  • Wi-Fi and wired internet connection is available in all bedrooms.
  • A laundry room is located at the residence (extra fees apply to use this service).
  • 24-hour on site security is provided, and all bedrooms are accessed using a key card.
  • Restaurants, cafes, pharmacy, grocery store and ATM machine are available on campus.
  • Breakfast is served in the main campus restaurant, a short walk (approximately 3 minutes) from the accommodation.

While traveling from the east to west coast of Ireland, the group will be housed in hotels. Hotel accommodations are based primarily on double occupancy with occasional use of triple rooms. Singles may be available at an additional cost.

During the 3 nights in Galway, the National University of Ireland’s (NUI) Goldcrest Village will be home base. Participants will be assigned to standard apartments, which consist of 4, 5 or 6 private en suite bedrooms (including toilet, sink and shower) with access to a shared living room/kitchen. Bed linens and towels are provided.

  • Each apartment’s shared kitchen/living area is equipped with seating, digital TV, coffee table, either a dining table w/chairs or a breakfast bar w/high stools, iron and ironing board, refrigerator/freezer, oven, cooktop, microwave, toaster, kettle, pots and pans, crockery, and cutlery.
  • All bedrooms are equipped with an en-suite bathroom and shower, bookshelves, study desk and chair, wardrobe, and desk lamp. Bed linens and towels are provided.
  • 24-hour WiFi is accessible throughout the village.
  • A self-service launderette is located at the residence (extra fees apply to use this service).
  • The residences have security outside of office hours (with regular patrols).
  • Apartments can only be accessed with key cards.
  • Breakfast is provided daily. Participants will be responsible for lunch and dinner each day.

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.

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 31, 2022 —June 15, 2022

Base Price

Enrollment Status: OPEN

$150 Early Application Fee Deadline
February 04, 2022
(Early App Fee of $150 includes a $100 discount)
(App Fee increases to $250 after Early Application Deadline)
See our scholarships page

Courses Offered

Anthropology / Sociology / History

The East-West Cultural Divide in Irish Society
Course Description: Designed for majors in anthropology, sociology, and history, this class explores the hypothesis that the real dividing line in Ireland is not so much between Protestant North and Catholic South, as it is between the rural Hibernian West and the urban Anglo-Irish East. The governments of both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and traditional industries have been in the east, while the west remains agricultural and home to native reservations called Gaeltacht. We will visit sites that illustrate these themes, such as government offices in Belfast and Dublin, museums such as the Titanic Centre and the Museum of Country life, and booming urban areas and rural sites such as the fabled Aran Islands.
Prerequisite: None
Dr. Michael J. Simonton | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

Art & Design

Exploring Graphic Design and Typography in Ireland
Course Description: Explore the history of graphic design and typography as it ranges from famed Celtic illumination to modern day applications in print and other media. We will trace how the tools of typography and graphic design evolved in commercial and entertainment enterprises in visiting the Irish Museum of Modern Art, James Joyce Tower at Sandycove, and the National Gallery and Library, in addition to visiting contemporary design studios. Using examples such as James Joyce’s Ulysses as a guide, students will map their experience through journaling, writing, and sketching of studio, gallery, and museum visits, while also collecting material in order to create a typeface or style to express their design journey within Ireland.
Prerequisite: An Art Foundations class.
Prof. Matthew Walsh | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U


Selfish Selfies: Developing a Campaign Against Harmful Tourism in Ireland
Course Description: Explore some of the great tourist destinations that highlight Ireland’s natural beauty while also exploring how the pursuit of the perfect Instagram photo has led to overcrowding and put stress on nature-based tourist destinations. Through observing practices and current methods for deterring harm to the environment in sites such as the Cliffs of Moher as well as Dublin, students will learn about behaviors that lead to undesired effects such as littering, eroding natural landscapes, and overcrowding. After analyzing the issues and witnessing firsthand many of the tourist destinations of Ireland, students will develop a public relations campaign encouraging tourists to respect the environment they are visiting.
Prerequisite: None
Dr. Jerrica Rowlett | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

English Language & Literature / Psychology / Sociology / Pop Culture

Castles and Cliffsides: Literature of the Emerald Isle
Course Description: Gain an understanding of the rich historical and cultural background to Irish literature by experiencing the locales that have inspired Irish authors over the centuries, including ancient churches and castles, Ireland’s beautiful and mystic landscape, and the historic pubs where iconic music still flourishes. From the Cliffs of Moher to the Giant’s Causeway and from seaside villages to Dublin’s vibrant urban culture, this class will focus on the sources of Irish literature and the magnificent range of ways that Irish authors have depicted the human condition in such literary genres as romanticism, mysticism, satire, Gothic and realism.
Prerequisite: None
Prof. Bill Mullen | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

Gender Studies / Interdisciplinary / Pop Culture / History

Enchanted Women of Ireland
Course Description: What do supernatural creatures, like wailing banshees, prankster fairies, and shape-shifting morrigans, have in common with Ireland’s businesswomen, herbalists, widows, and otherwise misunderstood women? In this course we will visit sites in both city and country that provide cultural, literary, and artistic depictions of women in Irish society to gain a better understanding of how women in Ireland have made indelible contributions to Irish history while remaining marginalized. Literature, museums, and natural locations will be our learning sites in our exploration of the evolving roles of women in Irish society as reflected in Irish culture.
Prerequisite: Students should have completed their college’s basic writing requirement
Dr. Lisa Day | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

Nursing / Health Care Administration / Social Work

Self-Development of the Healthcare Provider: A Cross-Cultural Examination
Course Description: In this class comparing the American and Irish health care systems, you’ll learn how culture shapes our professional self by influencing how we understand and value the world around us. Awareness of sociocultural influences on health beliefs and behaviors can equip future healthcare providers with skills to transform personal and professional practice. Interaction with healthcare providers while visiting hospitals, pharmacies, public health agencies and research facilities will deepen students' understanding of how Irish and American health systems compare in such areas as healthcare education and public health policies. We’ll also learn how cultural and historical influences shape modern healthcare practices by touring historic sites.
Prerequisite: None
Dr. Miranda Peterson | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U/H