Unearthing Modern Celtic Culture: Ireland and Scotland

Spend 2 weeks visiting 4 different cities throughout Ireland and Scotland

Unearthing Modern Celtic Culture takes you on an academic tour of various sites of historical and cultural interest between Ireland and Scotland. On this study-travel program, you’ll enjoy a blend of site visits, excursions, and cultural activities. During this two-week program, you’ll see the majestic Aran Islands, tour Dublin, travel through bustling Scottish streets, and much more.


What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 1 Course (3-5 US credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.8

Highlights:

  • Visit an archaeological dig site and speak to staff about the history underneath the soil
  • Hear the melodic notes of a vibrant Scottish storyteller
  • Fieldwork offerings in Galway, Dublin, and Edinburgh get students out in the community
  • Learn a few key phrases when you visit an Irish language theatre

Program Details

University of Roehampton

The University of Roehampton is the School of Record for this program. Founded in 1975, Roehampton has an incredible reputation. It ranks as the best modern university in London in 2016 according to three sources: the Complete University Guide, the Sunday Times Good University Guide, and the Guardian University Guide. Roehampton is a research-intensive, modern university on a beautiful and historical campus in London.

As the School of Record, the University of Roehampton has vetted the academic outcomes of this program and determined that it meets the requirements to provide credit, on their official transcript, for all participants.

Accreditation(s): Ministry of State for Universities, Science and Cities and also the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)

Areas of study with fewer than 3 classes available

  • Art History
  • Communications & Media Studies
  • History

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HSA020C904H Unearthing Modern Celtic Culture Syllabus (20 UK Credits, 3-5 US credits, depending on home university’s grade conversion policy)

This course aims to expose undergraduate students to the diverse and rich cultures of Ireland and Scotland. The course focuses primarily on contemporary Ireland and Scotland as expressed through the arts and media with a particular focus on how “Celticness” and Celtic history are embedded and featured in their respective contemporary societies. While our main focus is on contemporary society in Ireland and Scotland, we will also be visiting sites of historical and archaeological significance as well. We will be examining cultural sites, visual arts, and media and we will be meeting with producers of these cultural products as well, in order to gain a greater understanding of the range and variety of media representations of “Irishness,” “Scottishness,” and “Celticness.”

Why Life in Dublin, Galway, and Edinburgh

The British Isles are a group of 5,000 islands off the northwest coast of continental Europe that include the islands of Great Britain and Ireland. The United Kingdom is made up of a union of the following: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Ireland is its own sovereign nation.

English is the official language of the British Isles, however several regional languages are also spoken, including: Scots, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, Irish, and Cornish. Galway is one such city in which you may hear Irish. Many of the city signs are bilingually written in both Irish and English, and Irish language television and radio are becoming more and more common. Galway is a very walkable city of cobblestone streets, where it’s easy to find a traditional pub and listen to live Irish folk music.

Dublin, as the capital of Ireland, boasts a more international and bustling atmosphere than Galway. Even still, Dublin often feels like a small town with a big heart. The city is also becoming a cultural center of Europe, and economic prosperity has attracted people from across the globe. Young people have flocked to the city, and half of the population of “Dubs” is under 30 years old. Despite the city’s newfound multiculturalism, you’ll still find the quintessential Irish experience you’re seeking.

Edinburgh is a quirky mix of historic meets modern. Life is booming here in Scotland, which means you’ll walk along cobblestone streets and gaze upon cutting-edge, modern architecture. You’ll step into a wifi hotspot with the Edinburgh Castle as your backdrop. The city is also making waves for its commitment to “green” and sustainable practices. You’ll never be far from Edinburgh’s expansive parks and craggy cliffs, where you can take in amazing views, have a picnic, or just relax and enjoy the great outdoors. Centrally located in one of the most beautiful countries in Europe, Edinburgh is easily accessible, with air, train, and bus travel close at hand.

Live La Vida Local

  • Rich History

    There is no shortage of history between Ireland and Scotland, which is possibly the most prevalent in the abundance of castles you'll encounter! Not to mention the historic, medieval towns and well-preserved architecture within the cities themselves - you'll consistently be surrounded by structures that have been around since well before the US was colonized.

  • Lush Landscapes

    Between the Cliffs of Moher, Scottish Highlands (think Braveheart), and the lakes and lush countryside at their finest during the temperate summer months, your eyes will feast on the "Emerald Isle" and Scotland's variable landscapes and cityscapes.

What's Included

Inclusions

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Accommodation (hostels, residence halls, hotels)
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Predeparture orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • On-site orientation
  • On-site support
  • All trip-related travel (except round-trip airfare from the US)
  • Roehampton University official transcript
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.
Kilmainhaim Gaol

Kilmainhaim Gaol

Touring this former prison will take you deeper into the roots of Irish constitutional nationalism and a spirit of rebellion! Built in 1796, Kilmainhaim was where many both Irish Rempublican members were jailed by British troops in the Anglo-Irish war. An icon of Dublin history, this site is not to be missed.

Cliffs of Moher & Inis Oirr

Cliffs of Moher & Inis Oirr

On this excursion you’ll find yourself exploring this island for half a day, jumping from the popular Plassey shipwreck to the historic remails of a hill fort. Next, take a ferry back across to the mainland to wander the iconic Cliffs of Moher. But watch out, while taking in this view beware that the winds can be swift– don’t get swept away!

Wallace Monument

Wallace Monument

This world-famous landmark, standing tall and proud outside the city of Stirling, is visible from campus. You can touch and feel it as you follow the story of Sir William Wallace—patriot, martyr, and guardian of Scotland.

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Program Enrollment

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COVID-19 Plan

We believe that study abroad is still possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, but certain policies and procedures will need to be in place to ensure every student can be safe and healthy during their semester abroad.

Learn more about CIS Abroad’s Risk Management Team’s three step process for operating  our programs around the world and important program refund policies.

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Program Suspended

This program is currently not available for the Academic Year 2021/22. Please consider other options by exploring our Open Semester Programs in 2022, Open January Programs in 2022, or consider a Virtual Internship.

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Dates & Prices

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