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Ireland Early


MAY 14, 2012 TO MAY 29, 2012




EARLY APPLICATION DEADLINE: $100 Discount for applications received by February 10, 2012!

CREDIT: 3 hours


Join CCSA for our historic first Ireland program to visit both Irelands, north and south. While based in Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland, 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 north, 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 sometimes still be heard. Discover the beauty and the tragedy, the history and the hope that defines this land still struggling to be united. 

By combining this intensive study abroad experience with course-specific directed study activities preceding and/or following the travel portion of the program, students may earn three semester hours of college credit. 

Please carefully read Program Details for additional information pertinent to all CCSA programs.


Participants in the Ireland Early Program reside in local hotels and dormitories. Accommodations are based primarily on double occupancy with occasional use of multi-bedded rooms; single rooms may be available at an additional price. Daily breakfasts and some additional meals are included in the program price.


For those making their own flight arrangements, the price of the Ireland Early Program is $3295. This includes internal transportation between program sites, accommodations, daily breakfast, program excursions, insurance, and some additional meals. Please note in making transportation arrangements: the in-country portion of the Ireland Early Program begins in Dublin on May 15 and ends in Shannon on May 29. Participants arranging their own transportation must contact the CCSA Central Office before initiating travel arrangements and must file a copy of their flight itinerary with the office after reservations have been made. Please note that airport transfers to and from the accommodation site are provided ONLY to those participants for whom CCSA has arranged air travel. 

For those traveling on a flight arranged by CCSA, the price of the Ireland Early Program is $4295. This includes round-trip transportation from designated cities, airport transfers, internal travel between program sites, accommodations, daily breakfast, program excursions, health insurance and some additional meals.

Most meals, other than breakfast, are at the participant’s own expense. A minimum of $600 should be budgeted for meals, additional transportation, entrance fees and departure tax (if applicable). Participants should also budget additional funds for personal expenses such as souvenirs and independent travel, based upon their individual spending habits. 

Tuition is not included in the program costs detailed above. Please refer to Registration/Tuition & Fees for additional information.

All prices are subject to change in the event of unanticipated increases in airfares, monetary exchange rates or other changes in program costs. In some cases, program items may be deleted in lieu of a price increase.


Applicants are encouraged to apply well in advance of the February 24, 2012 application deadline, as priority is given to early applications. Applications (complete with application fee) submitted on or before February 10, 2012 receive a $100 deduction in the program price, reflected in a reduced application fee.

• Application Fee: $200 if received on or before February 10, 2012; $300 for applications received after February 10, 2012.

• First Payment: $2000 due on March 9, 2012.

• Final Payment: $1995 for those traveling with the group, $995 for those making their own arrangements, due on April 6, 2012; the single room supplement, if applicable, is also due at the time.

Please familiarize yourself with the Cancellation Policy. Checks should be made payable to “CCSA.” Please consider your cancelled check as receipt for payment. Returned checks will incur a $20 penalty fee. CCSA also accepts Visa and MasterCard. 

Please see the Payment Page.

Shortly after receipt of the application and deposit in the CCSA Central Office, applicants will receive a welcome email affirming processing of their application. An official letter of acceptance to the program, including confirmation of specific course selection, will be sent approximately three weeks after the application deadline.


The following is a description of the course of study offered for this CCSA program. Applicants may register for courses offered by professors from any member institution. Students are encouraged to e-mail faculty to learn more about the classes. 


Intercultural Communication: Focus on Ireland 

Why read about communication with people from other cultures when you could be communicating with them directly? Experience verbal and nonverbal communication practices of the Irish on various field trips in the country. Observe and experience communication in contexts such as business, education, health care, or daily living. Practice intercultural communication competence as you navigate through course assignments focused on cultural identity, verbal communication styles, nonverbal communication behaviors, listening, public speaking, humor, customer service, negotiation, social support, conflict, and persuasion, among other communication topics.

(3 cr. hrs., UD/G, Dr. Tina Coffelt [] Murray State University) 


Politics, Poetry & Public Art: Expressions of War & Peace in Ireland & Northern Ireland

“The Troubles” of Northern Ireland ended in 1998, but remnants of that conflict remain in the people, landscape and art of Ireland. Our tour will go beyond the stereotypical shamrocks and St. Patrick. We’ll visit war murals in Belfast and see the “Peace Gates.” We’ll trace The Troubles in the poetry of Seamus Heaney and follow his work’s origins to the spectacular Giant’s Causeway and Lough Beg. In Dublin we’ll compare our dramatic Northern experience with the history and art of the Republic, looking at Joyce and Yeats’ works and exploring castles, villages and mountains around this sophisticated literary city.

Prerequisite: one lower division literature seminar

(3 cr. hrs., UD, Dr. Amy Tudor [] Bellarmine University)


An Interdisciplinary Approach to Global Aging

This course defines our community as the world. The process of caring for and about an aging population will be explored at the local level (Ireland), relating theories, principles and practices regarding aging, comparing and contrasting health care for the aged populations of Ireland and countries around the world. Beyond the theories and practices, students will meet with the people of the country, truly experiencing how culture, political affiliation (as it varies in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland), climate and geographic location affect health and lifestyle, as well as quality of life and end of life issues. Students will not only explore a global view of aging, but will also compare local customs in Ireland with the U.S. as well as various selected countries around the world.

(3 cr. hrs., UD, Dr. Kathy K. Hager, [], Bellarmine University)


Irish Literature: Poetry, Politics & Protest

Study literature of some leading Irish writers and experience the rich culture of the Emerald Isle, including Dublin, Galway and Yeats country. The course will examine the powerful roles of literature in the movement for Irish political and cultural independence from Britain, particularly in works by writers such as Jonathan Swift, William Butler Yeats, Lady Gregory, James Joyce, Sean O’Casey and Brian Friel. Our field trips to literary and historical sites will bring us in touch with the sharp edges of political protest cutting through much of Irish literature and history.

Prerequisite: one university-level literature course

(3 cr. hrs., UD/G, Dr. James Flynn [] Western Kentucky University)


Positive Psychology: A Cross-Cultural Study of Resilience in Ireland

The people of Ireland have experienced extraordinary hardship. Yet for many, the strength of their character outweighs the misfortune. Positive psychology can help increase resilience, hope and wellbeing. Use the principles of this new field of psychology to study the people and environment of this fascinating country. Field trips to the Famine Museum, the National Museum of Ireland, mental health clinics and public schools are planned. Discussions, guest lectures and a variety of readings will be utilized for comprehension of course content. Learn how to increase your own (and your future clients’) happiness and resilience.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Psychology

(3 cr. hrs., UD, Ms. Rachael Clark [] Northern Kentucky University)


Living Sport in Ireland

For as long as the Irish have been living on their island home, sports, familiar and unusual, have been important to them. In this course we will study, experience and even engage in Sport in Ireland from soccer and rugby to hurling and Gaelic football. Engaging activities will allow us to gain knowledge of various Irish athletic games. We will also tour such facilities as Aviva Stadium, Croke Park and perhaps even attend the Gaelic games and visit the Olympic Training Center. To get a taste of Irish sport we will take part in a wide variety of activities ourselves, such as biking, hiking and even experience some of the oldest golf courses in Ireland.

(3 cr. hrs., UD/G, Dr. Tabby Bewley, Dr. Sarah Adams, Dr. Amy Baker [,,] Belmont University])


Horse Health & Management in the Emerald Isle

Between glimpses of leprechauns and shamrocks, if you listen closely, you’ll hear hoof beats. Ireland is renowned for Thoroughbreds, Irish Sport Horses and Connemara Ponies. On numerous field trips, you will experience the management and veterinary care of horses, the Irish way. This course is ideal for anyone interested in horses, including animal science and pre-veterinary students. Guided by a veterinarian with 20 years’ horse experience (who can speak Blarney), this tour will be filled with horses, culture, fairy forts and stone fences on patchwork landscape of 40 shades of green...some viewed by an optional horseback ride!

Prerequisite: Sophomore status by the beginning of the course; successful completion of one semester of English Composition.

(3 cr. hrs., UD, Dr. Roberta Dwyer [] University of Kentucky)