Experience the holiday season in two unique cities. Divided not just by the Irish Sea, but by a long history of conquest and rebellion, as well as settlement and intermarriage, each city tells its own distinct story. Both are long time seats of government, arts and business in their own countries with ties stretching out across the world.
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 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 winter 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 https://ccsa.cc/departures 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 December 27, 2020 —January 09, 2021
(13 days) Base Price
TBA Enrollment Status: OPEN
October 09, 2020 ($100 application discount if received by September 18)Scholarships: OPEN Due October 16. See our scholarships page
Stone Sanctuaries & Bronze to Bog Bodies & Gold
Course Description: This course delves into the ancient societies of Britain and Ireland, from the megalithic past through the Celts, and explores how their traditions survived invasions to form the foundation for 19th and early 20th century folk life. By visiting ancient sites, such as England’s Stonehenge, Avebury, and West Kennet Long Barrow, and Ireland’s Bru Na Boinne, as well as London's British Museum and Dublin's National Museum, students will gain firsthand experience of the ancient places and things that many know only from books and whose traditions were the foundations of life and culture in the British Isles.
Broadcasting & Media Studies / Pop Culture / Communication
Digital Storytelling: Exploring London & Dublin
Course Description: Everyone has a story to tell and in this class students will develop their own stories as they relate to the culture of England and Ireland by creating photographic, audio and video projects. We will examine digital media as a tool for seeing and expressing cultural identity while visiting sites such as Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, Dublin’s St Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity College, and Dublin Castle. You’re invited to take advantage of this opportunity to develop your cultural competency and sensitivity in the process of documenting intercultural stories in London and Dublin.
They Did What? Science & Ethics in the UK & Ireland
Course Description: Science and medicine are driving forces advancing society in hopeful ways. But they also raise fears that good discoveries can sometimes be abused. In this class we will explore the darker side of science and consider the ethical dilemmas that confront scientists, physicians, and society as science and medicine have evolved. Sites where we will explore these issues include Fleming's Lab at St. Mary's Hospital London (drug discovery and testing), the Freud Museum in London (interpretive vs. empirical science), St. James's Gate Brewery in Dublin (use of statistics), and Trinity College in Dublin (current ethical standards and practices).
Course Description: Explore the state of health and the healthcare systems in London and Dublin. Students will visit historical sites, museums, and health care institutions in both cities where they will have the opportunity to interact with health care providers from a variety of disciplines and local consumers of health care. Students will also explore the health care of vulnerable, invisible populations while learning about the emergence of historical leaders that assisted in shaping the current health care disciplines found in the U.S.
Course Description: Discover the differences between consumer behavior and practices in America, London and Dublin! We’ll visit world-renowned museums and historic sites such as London’s British Museum and National Gallery and Dublin’s Kilmainham Gaol [culture]. We’ll visit Harrods and Dublin’s Grafton Street shopping district [retail]. We’ll attend a London theater production and visit a Dublin pub [lifestyles] and enjoy a choral evensong service at St. Paul’s in London and visit Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral [religion]. Along the way, students will calculate dollars to pounds to Euros [value] as we explore two exciting cities [perception] and experience first-hand consumer behavior “across the pond!”
Prerequisite: an introductory marketing class (or equivalent)
Course Description: As two of the most culturally vibrant cities in the world, London and Dublin offer unique opportunities to experience popular cultures different from ours. In this course we will observe in many settings and events the social, cultural and historical contexts for the popular culture of Londoners and Dubliners. Among likely observation sites are London’s Westminster Abbey, Wimbledon and Wembley stadiums, and Buckingham Palace and Dublin’s Guinness Brewery and Castle. Through video projects, cultural inventories, and interviews, you will interact with the people of London and Dublin and increase your cultural awareness and ability to function in the diverse workplaces of the future.
Prerequisite: an introductory communication course
The Psychology of Dracula: Science, Literature and the Supernatural
Course Description: At last, a course you can sink your teeth into--the Psychology of Dracula! Bram Stoker's novel Dracula relied on new ideas in scientific psychology. In this class, we will explore developing ideas about hypnosis, sexuality, paranoia, hysteria, masochism, spirituality, and evolutionary continuity, while examining how they were employed in Dracula. Field trips that will enhance understanding of the course themes are planned to include such sites as Dublin Castle, St. Micham's Church crypts, and Trinity College in Ireland and London’s Highgate Cemetery, Jack Straw's Castle, and the British Museum, as well as the play, The Woman in Black.
Public Health / Organizational Behavior & Theory / Environmental Health / Occupational Safety
Exploring Risk Management Practices in London & Dublin
Course Description: Students will develop through London and Dublin’s extraordinary offerings a command of the risk management process, including risk identification, assessment, analysis and control. Expected learning experiences in London include Parliament, Churchill War Rooms and Imperial War and Transport museums and in Dublin include Jameson Distillery, Kilmainham Gaol, Christ Church Cathedral, Trinity College, Croke Park Stadium and the Guinness Storehouse. These sites provide a great lens for viewing how risk has been faced, understood and acted upon, each providing vivid and real insights to risk management practices both past and present. Comparisons of United States, British and Irish practices are emphasized throughout.