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  • Locations: Belfast, United Kingdom; Derry, United Kingdom; Dublin, Ireland; Galway, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CCSA- Cooperative Center for Study Abroad 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2024 02/15/2024 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Arts Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Residence Hall
Program Type: Study Abroad
Program Description:

Program Details:

Program Base Price: $2,999
Airfare: $1,075 - $1,275
Dates: May 31, 2022 – Jun 15, 2022
Scholarships: Yes (see scholarships page)

Program Description:


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.



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.

More Info:

The price of this CCSA program includes:
  • Accommodations, including daily breakfast
  • 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

Course(s) 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

WKU Course: ANTH 366
Dr. Michael J. Simonton | 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

WKU Course: COMM 415

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

WKU Course: ENG 399
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

WKU Course: GWS 470
Dr. Lisa Day | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U