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Ireland - Irish Culture and History

July 8– 23, 2018

 

Apply by December 15, 2017

The Courses: HUM – 200 International Studies in the Humanities (3 credits) and  LIT-222 American Dreams (3 credits) 
Course work begins in America with sessions designed to prepare students for travel and getting the most from the experience. In addition to learning about the cultural contributions of the Irish and the connections between Ireland and America, students will learn how to be travelers instead of tourists. In July, students will travel to Ireland to experience the diversity of this modern nation. Travel in Ireland will include urban and rural settings. We begin in Dublin, Ireland’s largest city and once the second city of the British Empire. Historic streets, buildings, museums and pubs tell the story of Ireland’s long struggle for independence from the British. Along the way, students will discover Ireland’s extraordinary story-telling culture and literary heritage. Travel to the “wild West” of Ireland exposes students to traditional Irish culture and landscapes that continue to capture human imagination. By the end of our travels, a much richer understanding of what it means to be Irish will emerge.

The Destination:  Ireland (Dublin, Galway and Connemara)
This small island nation on the fringe of Europe attracts visitors because of its natural beauty and the friendliness of its people. Irish culture is a global force – because of the “bloody genius” of the Irish, as poet Seamus Heaney put it, but also because of the Irish Diaspora, the world-wide spread of Irish people. Ireland is never far from the minds of the nearly 40 million Americans who claim Irish ancestry.  Though often idealized and romanticized in the American imagination, the connections between Ireland and America are real and worth careful study.

The Experience Highlights:

  • Archaeological tour of the Boyne Valley, including Newgrange, Drogheda and the hill of Tara
  • The Aran Islands, including the Iron Age fort of Dun Aegus
  • Village life in Tully Cross along the Renvyle Peninsula
  • Hiking the beaches and hills of Connemara
  • Historic Pubs/Nightlife in Galway City
  • Ireland’s national art galleries and museums
  • Literary and historical walking tours of Dublin
  • The Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) region
  • Theatrical and traditional musical

Estimated Program Fee: $3,750:
($1,000 Global Advantage Scholarship Available) 

Includes: Does Not Include: 
Round trip Airfare Tuition (6 credits, Summer 2018) 
Housing in Hotel, Hostel and Cottages Personal Expenses 
International Health Insurance  Passport Fee 
Many Guided Cultural Excursions ------
In Country Travel ------
Some Meals  ------

Check out photos from past study abroad to Ireland in the photo album 

Faculty Contacts: 
David McMahon, Professor, History
Iowa City Campus 
david.mcmahon@kirkwood.edu

Marianne Taylor. Professor, English
Cedar Rapids Campus 
marianne.Taylor@kirkwood.edu