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Ireland Late


JULY 9, 2012 TO JULY 24, 2012




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

CREDIT: 3 hours


Ireland: its green hills, quaint villages, dramatic coast and vibrant capital call to people around the globe to visit, and often to return home. Ireland’s rich and complex history helps to explain both the love many people feel for the Emerald Isle and why more people of Irish descent live outside its shores than in it. Join CCSA for two weeks in July to explore this land so many Americans can trace at least some of their ancestry back to. Starting in Dublin, founded on the Liffey by Vikings over a thousand years ago, we’ll explore the city James Joyce immortalized in his novel Ulysses, visit the ancient Celtic monastery at Glendalough, and hear the music that pours into the streets on Temple Bar. Then we’ll take the southern route through picturesque fishing villages, across verdant valleys dotted with cottages and flocks of sheep and cattle, experiencing a rural life than has not changed greatly in the past century. Finally, in the west of Ireland, burial place of ancient heroes and W. B. Yeats, we’ll reach some of the last outposts of the Gaelic language which gave birth to the Celtic culture which still defines this modern nation.

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 Late 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 Late 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 Late Program begins in Dublin on July 10 and ends in Shannon on July 24. 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 Late 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. 


Irish Folktales, Storytelling & Education

Through the study of Irish folktales, fairy tales, myths, legends and Ireland’s famous storytelling tradition, we will explore how stories shape our sense of ourselves and our culture. From time immemorial, stories and storytelling have played a profound role in moral formation, especially in traditional societies. We will investigate how the Irish people and culture are reflected in their stories. We will situate the Irish storytelling tradition within a larger global context. We will establish a link between Irish stories and stories in the United States, and specifically traditional Appalachian stories. We will observe the Irish educational system to determine whether stories, and specifically Irish stories, are utilized and, if so, how and why they are employed.

(3 cr. hrs., LD/UD, Dr. Timothy Leahy Simpson [] Morehead State University) 


Inside Irish Health Care: A Comparative Study

Come to Ireland and see firsthand a true nationalized health care system. Experience the excitement of interacting with those on the frontline of health care delivery in a country rich with history and culture. Compare health care delivery systems in the U.S. and Ireland. Tour health care facilities, explore the educational preparation of the country’s providers and speak to the consumers of health care. Don’t miss this opportunity to travel to one of the most beautiful and culturally rich British Isles!

(3 cr. hrs., UD/G, Dr. Whitney A. Nash [] University of Louisville) 


Lyric Writing in Ireland

Ireland has produced some of the world’s greatest musical talent from the Chieftans to Van Morrison, Enya to U2, The Cranberries to Damien Rice, and Luka Bloom to Moya Brennan. Come and explore the Irish musical traditions that influenced their songwriting. Walk the streets of Dublin and drink from the deep well of inspiration that flows from the Emerald Isle. You’ll learn to write your own lyrics and engage your creative self. Field trips will include a visit to IMRO, The Irish Musical Rights Organization, to meet with some local singer/songwriters.

(3 cr. hrs., UD, Mr. James I. Elliott [] Belmont University)


Romancing the Blarney Stone: Gender & Sustainability in Modern Ireland

Over the years, Irish society has been continually disrupted by violent conflict erupting from issues relating to economic, social, and political differences. Today, Ireland offers an example of the vast dimensions of transition from conflict to sustainable democracy. As we examine the historical, political, and religious roots of the conflicts in an Ireland which today is emerging as a leader in the global movement toward economic, political, and environmental sustainability, we will explore the role the dynamics of gender has played and continues to play in cities and villages alike in the rich history of Ireland’s social movements. 

(3 cr. hrs., UD, Dr. Molly Kerby [] Western Kentucky University)University)