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.
- GPA Requirement
- Application Deadlines
- Avg Course Load
- 1 Course (3-5 US credits)
- Language(s) of Instruction
Key Program 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
Your Journey Begins Here
Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.
Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.
Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.
Life in Dublin, Galway, and Edinburgh
Welcome and Orientation
Ready to explore the “Emerald Isle” on this 2-week program? First you’ll arrive into the quaint and vibrant city of Galway. Once settled in, you’ll enjoy an introduction to your fellow participants and program leaders, as well as guidelines, rules and regulations, and a cultural orientation. Though for the most part you’ll share a language the local dominant language, we’ll give you tips on accents, slang, and even few phrases in Irish!
Following orientation, you’ll explore your new surrounds with a walking tour of Galway, followed by a welcome dinner. As you move through Ireland and Scotland, you’ll generally enjoy a briefing and/or city tour of your new destination upon arrival.
Farewell and Re-entry Program
On the last day of your program in Edinburgh, everyone will gather for a farewell (or rather and hopefully a “see ya later!”) dinner. You’ll be able to reflect on your diverse range of experiences and exchange contact information after a summer you’ll never forget as you weep over a tasty meal. Try not to be too jealous of those who are continuing on to London for another month… or feel free to make them green with your equally exciting, but perhaps less “academically-oriented” plans of your own for what remains of summer.
Regardless of how things end for you, we’ll be sure that you’ve sufficiently reflected and prepared for “reverse culture shock.” Yep, that’s a real thing! A lot of students find it’s hard to turn back home after such an amazing experience in Europe. Not to worry though, as you’ll have plenty of new friends with whom you can identify (when everybody else back home loses interest in your countless stories of your European adventure!). Additionally, you can stay involved and continue to reflect on your experience through our ambassador program. Another option is to just go again, on a different program (for which you’ll receive a discount!).
From Edinburgh to Dublin to Galway, you’ll have a packed two weeks! Your accommodations will be shared hostel and hotel rooms giving you a chance to unwind and bond with your fellow program participants. At most locations breakfast will be provided, but all other meals will be your responsibility. Don’t worry, no need to bring your own bedding as it will be provided! Locations vary by city, but your group won’t be more than a 30 minute commute to the next program activity in town.
- 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.
More About 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.
While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in weekend and 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.
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
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!
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.
If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.
How to Choose Your Courses
Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page and once you’ve decided which courses you want to take. Fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.
Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.
Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.
Visualizing Celtic Culture: Ireland and Scotland through the Media (20 UK Credits, 3-5 US credits, depending on home university’s grade conversion policy)
** This year’s course will begin in Scotland, and include a portion in the Scottish highlands. While the learning outcomes for this course are the same, the travel itinerary will be more or less flipped in 2018!**
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.”
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)
Naria Ford-Thompson - Alma College
Program SupportMeet Our Staff
Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.
Robust Advising Center
Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.
Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators
Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.
Experienced On-site Staff
From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.
Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.
Your Support Staff
Global Advising Team
Program Coordinator - England, Ireland, Scotland, Greece, British Isles, Celtic Culture, European Experience
Site Director in Ireland
Application DeadlineMarch 1ArrivalMay 24DepartureJune 7PRICE$3,990
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
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