• Irish History and Culture

    Ireland and Northern Ireland

    CEPA faculty-led program in Irish literature and history
  • Academic Field(s)


  • Destinations

    Galway, Dublin, and Belfast

  • Duration

    16 days

  • Accommodation

    hostel and 3-star hotels in Galway, Dublin, and Belfast

Ireland’s history is one of prehistoric wonders, Celtic myth, monastic scholarship, artistic and literary exploration, invasions, conflict, and resolution.

This exciting study abroad opportunity will allow students to travel through Ireland and Northern Ireland, studying history, cultures, and literature. Many sites of historical and literary importance as well as natural places of beauty will be visited.

  • DAY 1

    • Overnight flight to Limerick, Ireland (group flight can be booked separately)

    Stay 3 nights at a hostel in Galway

    • Arrival at Shannon Airport (SNN) near Limerick
    • Check-in at the hostel and orientation session by your CEPA On-Site Coordinator
    • Guided walking tour of Galway
    • Welcome dinner at an Irish restaurant
    • Admission to the Cliffs of Moher, which are among the most impressive places to see in Ireland
    • Admission to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland
    • Round-trip ferry tickets to and from Inis Mór
    • Guided bus tour of Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands, to see sights as Dun Aonghasa Fort, St Benins Church, Themphaill Chieran, and the Old Light House at the island’s highest point
  • DAY 5-10: DUBLIN

    Stay 6 nights at a 3-star hotel in Dublin

    • Check-in at the hotel and orientation session by your CEPA On-Site Coordinator
    • Guided tour of Trinity College and the Old Library to see the famous Book of Kells and other treasures
    • Group dinner at an Irish pub
    • Guided tour of Kilmainham Gaol, one of the largest unoccupied jails in Europe
    • Admission to Dublin’s Guinness Storehouse to learn about the brewing process, the beer’s four ingredients, and the brewery’s founder, Arthur Guinness (beer tasting included)
    • Guided tour of the Dublin Writers Museum
    • Guided tour of the James Joyce Centre, a museum dedicated to promoting and understanding his life and works
    • Gaelic conversational language crash course
    • Backstage tour of the Abbey Theatre, the National Theatre of Ireland
    • Admission to the EPIC Irish Emigration Museum, which covers the history of the Irish diaspora and emigration to other countries
    • Guided tour of the Croke Park Stadium and admission to the GAA Museum (Gaelic Athletic Association) to learn about some unique Irish sports disciplines
    • Free day for your own explorations of Dublin
  • DAY 11-16: BELFAST

    Stay 5 nights at a 3-star hotel in Belfast

    • Guided tour of Newgrange, the Megalithic Passage Tomb
    • Admission to the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre to learn more about Irish history
    • Check-in at the hotel and orientation session by your CEPA On-Site Coordinator
    • Guided walking tour of Belfast, focusing on the history of the Troubles and the path to peace
    • Free afternoon for your own explorations of Belfast
    • Admission to the Giant’s Causeway
    • Guided tour of the Bushmills Distillery (whiskey tasting included)
    • Admission to the Titanic Belfast Museum, a monument to Belfast’s maritime heritage
    • Guided tour of the Linen Hall Library
    • Admission to the Ulster American Folk Park
    • Free afternoon for your own explorations of Belfast
    • Farewell dinner at a Northern Irish restaurant
    • Departure from Belfast International Airport (BFS)
  • What’s included in this sample itinerary:

    Academic and professional excursions with special presentations • cultural excursions and field trips with local, bilingual guides • entrance fees and reservations • accommodation in a hostel and 3-star hotels (twin rooms for students; single room for the faculty) • daily breakfast • welcome and farewell dinner • 1 additional group dinner • ferry tickets • Gaelic conversational language crash course • local transportation by private bus as needed • public transportation passes in Dublin (day 9 only) • on-site coordinator during excursions • orientation sessions • time to study, instruct, and explore

  • Program fee starting at € 2,620 per participant based on a group size of 15
  • All program fees are calculated to include participation of one accompanying faculty or group leader.
  • Prices are based on a minimum number of 15 or 20 paying participants.
  • The actual quote for a tailored program will vary depending on different factors, for example: the actual program dates, the final participant number, the duration of the program, the visits and excursions included, as well as varying exchange rates

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