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  • Locations: Dublin, Ireland; Galway, Ireland; Limerick, Ireland; Various Locations, United States; Waterford, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Program Sponsor: CCSA- Cooperative Center for Study Abroad 
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Housing Options: Dormitory Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Arts
Program Type: study abroad
Program Description:

Program Details:

Program Base Price: $3,399 - $3,599*
Airfare: $1,499-$1,599
Dates: June 8, 2024 - June 24, 2024
Scholarships: Yes (see scholarships page)

Program Description:


Journey across Ireland from coast to coast, and through historic cities. Explore Irish cities and their surroundings as you meet people who value their heritage as they shape their modern world. From the capital city to Galway, then to Limerick and Waterford, the beauty and depth of Ireland will open before you.

Included are day trips to locations such as Glendalough, Cliffs of Mohar, and the Aran Islands.



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The price of this CCSA program includes:
  • Accommodations
  • Course-related activities and entrances fees
  • All course-related ground transportation
  • Additional cultural program excursions
  • Health and emergency evacuation insurance
  • Program directors and staff on-site 24/7
  • Daily breakfast and some additional meals



The group will be housed in a mix of university housing and hotels. Accommodations are based primarily on double occupancy with occasional use of triple rooms. Singles may be available at an additional cost.

Breakfast is provided daily. Participants will be responsible for lunch and dinner each day.

Ground transportation is provided for all program activities. Additionally, all participants will be provided a Leap Card for use on public transportation in all cities.

Course(s) Offered:

Art & Design

Castles, Cathedrals and Cliffs, Drawing Dublin, Belfast & More
Course Description: Ireland has been calling travelers for centuries -- for its long, rich history, folklore, incredible ancient ruins, and emerald landscape. In this course we will explore, observe, and document life in Ireland, sketching onsite using a compact travel watercolor kit as we discover some of Ireland's oldest castles, cliffs and cathedrals. This course provides you with practical instruction in watercolor and drawing techniques while stimulating your creativity with visits to urban sites such as Dublin’s National Gallery of Art, St Patrick’s Cathedral, and Trinity College (the Book of Kells) and to rural sites, such as the Cliffs of Moher, and the Aran Islands.

"The idea of traveling and exploring a new country and culture is probably one of the most exciting things I love to do because you are sketching another culture's daily life and activities." - Elizabeth Neal
Prerequisite: Drawing 1 or Fundamental Drawing course equivalent

WKU Course: ART 496
Prof. Elizabeth Neal | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U


The Chemistry Behind Irish Beers and Spirits
Course Description: Explore the chemistry behind Ireland's most iconic beverages and spirits – beer, whisky, and gin. Discover the chemical principles and reactions that power the billion-dollar Irish liquor industry on field trips to historic production sites such as Dublin’s Guinness Brewery and Jameson Distillery. Analyze the chemical profiles of water sources in the Irish countryside, and attend a gin school to learn about plant flavonoid biochemistry. Engage all your senses with the chemistry behind unique colors, flavors, and production of Ireland’s famed beverages, all while experiencing the stunningly beautiful landscape that provides the raw materials necessary for it all..

“I am excited to take students on day trips to historic Irish breweries and distilleries to get a first-hand look the chemistry behind Ireland’s most iconic beverages. “ - Amanda Hughes
Prerequisite: Contact Faculty

WKU Course: TBD
Dr. Amanda Jane Hughes | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

English Literature / Sociology / History / Psychology

Saints, Sinners, & Shamrocks: Exploring the Literature and Landscapes of the Emerald Isle
Course Description: Gain an understanding of the historical and cultural background of 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 Aran Islands to the Wicklow Mountains 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: ENGL 399
Prof. Bill Mullen | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

Communication / Broadcasting & Media Studies / Pop Culture / Photography

Digital Storytelling in Ireland

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 Ireland by creating audio and video projects on location. We will examine digital media as a tool for seeing, exploring, and expressing cultural identity. While visiting ancient sites, cathedrals, and museums and attending concerts, students will document their experience as a participant observer during this important moment in their lives. You’re invited to take advantage of this opportunity to develop your cultural competency and sensitivity in the process of documenting intercultural stories in Ireland.

This course has broad appeal for students in all majors because their individual projects can be focused on a topic related to their major.

“This hands-on digital storytelling class explores processes of documenting culture through photography, audio and video.” - Prof. Ann Andaloro
Prerequisite: None

WKU Course: COMM 415
Dr. Ann Andaloro | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U / H

Creative Writing / English Language & Literature

Creative Writing in Ireland
Course Description: In this intensive, multi-genre, creative writing workshop, you will be challenged to consider the ways in which poetry and fiction can be used to experience "place" and discover ways in which the writers' imagination is broadened through travel. Students will explore all that the great city of Dublin offers in the way of historically and culturally rich sites, such as St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College, and then experience the inspirational beauty of the Irish landscape, from the Cliffs of Moher to countryside associated with Ireland’s writers. Readings will be drawn from a range of Irish texts, offering springboards for our own writing.

“I spent my own study abroad semester in London during my junior year of college. I have since returned to London as a tourist, as my time abroad during college had a profound impact on me as person and as a poet.” - Julia Johnson
Prerequisite: None

WKU Course: ENG 203 / ENG 510
Prof. Julia Johnson | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U / H

Nonprofit Administration / Public Affairs Policy & Admin / Leadership Studies

Arts Administration From an International Perspective: Comparing Irish and American Practices

Course Description: Explore theories and practical skills needed to manage arts and cultural organizations in the United States and Ireland, including art museums, galleries, theaters, symphonies, dance companies, and music festivals. We’ll visit various types of arts and cultural organizations, ranging from larger, well-established, national entities such as the National Irish Museum and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media in Dublin to smaller, newer, community-based organizations such as the Limerick Arts Office, Galway Dance Project, and Blue Teapot Theater Company. Along the way, we’ll compare Irish and American practices in such areas as governance systems and structures, program development and management, fund raising, volunteer and community engagement, and marketing and communications.

This course can be taken for upper-division undergraduate credit or for graduate credit.

"This class will ‘pull back the curtain’ on art museums, galleries, theaters, companies, festivals, and other venues and events to help us understand how they're staffed, funded, managed, promoted, assessed, and improved. We'll learn first-hand about the creative economy and creative placemaking by visiting arts and cultural organizations and by walking around cities and communities impacted by them including Dublin, Limerick, Galway, and Waterford.” - Julie Olberding
Prerequisite: None

WKU Course: TBD
Dr. Julie Olberding | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U / G