International Studies (Ireland)

Study Abroad: Ireland (Next Ireland Program Tentatively Scheduled for 2021)

Spend time in the splendor of Ireland with Central Arizona College’s Study Abroad Program in County Donegal & Dublin. The lush Irish landscape is your backdrop to all the cultural, artistic and historic riches this country has to offer.

Students will participate in a literature class during the spring semester, exploring stories, poetry & novels from around the world with a special focus on Irish authors, including W.B. Yeats.

While in Ireland, students will be treated to daily lectures from Dr. Niamh Hamill of Institute of Study Abroad Ireland and excursions to historical sites to tie lessons to real-life experiences.

This program takes place over Central Arizona College’s spring break, so students will enjoy exciting outside activities, many of which are included in the program costs.  Activities may include:

  • Horseback Riding
  • Surfing
  • High-ropes Course
  • Cliff Jumping
  • Archery

Plus, students may participate in a St. Patrick’s Day parade with locals in the charming town of Bundoran. Our Irish hosts will also take students to Dublin for an overnight excursion in this magical, modern city.

DATES: To Be Determined for 2021

REQUIRED COURSE: To Be Determined for 2021

  • Program Cost: TBD
    Program cost includes housing, ground transportation, most activities and meal in Ireland, plus trip/cancellation insurance.
  • Tuition (3 Credits): $258
    In-state tuition, out-of-state tuition will be higher.
  • Estimated Airfare: $1100
    Airfare is estimated, students are responsible for booking and paying for airfare, but not until approved by International Studies.
  • Recommended Pocket Money: 200 Euros
    Students will need spending money for personal items, some lunches and gratuities.

Daily Activities in Ireland Include: Horseback Riding Surfing High Ropes Course Cliff Jumping Archery

Ireland Program Agenda

(Agenda was for 2018, 2021 agenda will be similar, but is subject to change)
Friday 3/9Depart USA for Ireland
Saturday 3/10Arrive Dublin Airport
Transfer to Bundoran, may stop at Boyne Valley.
Sunday 3/11Breakfast lecture 1: Intro to Irish history & culture with Dr. Niamh Hamill.
Field trip to Cavan Burren, continue on to Belleek Pottery Factory.
Traditional music session in 51 pub
Monday 3/12Breakfast lecture 2: History of Christianity in Ireland—St. Patrick and the Irish Golden Age.
Visit to Ballyshannon St. Patrick’s Well and Catsby Cave. Visit to Franciscan abbey and the O’Donnell Castle.
Adventure/Team Activities
Tuesday 3/13Breakfast lecture 3: Colonization & catastrophe—Famine in Ireland.
Visit to famine sites of Ballyshannon and surroundings. Surfing Lesson/Adventure Activity.
Free Evening
Wednesday 3/14Breakfast lecture 4: The Irish Cultural Revival—The Yeats Family.
Visit to Yeats Country—Leitrim & Sligo
Gaelic Sports
Thursday 3/15Breakfast lecture 5: Northern Ireland
Derry City: Walking tour of the murals of the Bogside.
Irish Cinema ‘Good Vibrations’
Friday 3/16Horseback riding
Visit to Sligo Town or Sliabh Liag Cliffs
Prepare for St. Patrick’s Day
Saturday 3/17Students will participate in the local St. Patrick’s Day parade in Bundoran!
Sunday 3/18Church services available
Beginner Surfing Lesson
High Ropes
Monday 3/19Depart for Dublin
Visit to the ‘Epic Ireland’ Diaspora Exhibition.
Free Night in Dublin
Tuesday 3/20Depart Ireland for USA

Watch an info session on the 2018 program here:

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