This three week program will provide students with the best of everything that Ireland has to offer: stunning landscapes, coastal villages with famous cuisine and music, numerous castles, trendy shopping districts, and world class museums. Every day, our classroom in Ireland will be set against the backdrop of scenery ranging from the Atlantic coastline to the cosmopolitan city of Dublin. All of the cities we'll visit will provide a sense of Ireland's culture and history that is simply unattainable in the traditional classroom. We won't just learn about the Irish way of life-we'll be living it every day. Standing on top of the Cliffs of Moher, kissing the Blarney Stone, and walking in the footsteps of your Irish ancestors can all be a part of the TnCIS Ireland experience.
Known as "the land of saints and scholars", Ireland is the perfect location for a truly immersive study abroad experience. Students in TnCIS Ireland 2017 have the opportunity to take courses in World Literature, Composition, Biology, or Criminal Justice. Numerous excursions around the country will bring the academic material to life while on location. Additionally, students will have free time to explore on their own in each city as we travel around Ireland.
In Doolin, a small town on the western coast, students will be able to explore the natural beauty of the famous Wild Atlantic Way with a trip to the Cliffs of Moher or the Burren, which some scholars say inspired J.R.R. Tolkien to create the setting of Mordor in The Lord of the Rings books. Doolin, named Ireland's Foodie Destination of 2015, is also famous for its "farm to table" food scene, fresh seafood, cheese making, and artisan chocolate shop. After exploring the area and trying some seafood chowder, a visit to a local venue to hear traditional Irish music, any night of the week, will certainly be in order!
In Cork, students will be able to visit the former Cork City Gaol (jail) to learn about social issues of 19th century, the English Market to try local cuisine, or the Cobh Heritage Center to learn about Ireland's influence on world history. We may also have the opportunity to tour the beautiful grounds of University College Cork, see one thousand year old bog butter at the Butter Museum, or take a cruise on the River Lee.
In Galway, the European Capital of Culture for 2020, a visit to the Galway City Museum, the Nora Barnacle Museum, and the Aran Islands will enable students to further understand Ireland's economic and literary contributions to the rest of the world. Galway is well known for its vibrant university scene and caters to student interests with great shopping, restaurants, and excursion opportunities.
In Dublin, Ireland's capital city, visits to Trinity College and the Book of Kells, the Natural History Museum, the Chester Beatty Library, St. Patrick's Cathedral, the National Museums and Library, and Kilmainham Gaol will further enhance the academic content of each course and enable students to truly experience Dublin life. Additionally, students may choose to shop on trendy Grafton Street, tour the Guinness Storehouse, hear traditional Irish music in the Temple Bar area, learn about conservation efforts at the Dublin Zoo, or stroll through the National Botanic Gardens in their free time.
Please note: Prospective students should be aware that study abroad programs require a great deal of walking. You should be prepared to walk several miles each day. You may also walk over uneven, possibly slippery or rocky terrain, even in cities.
Excursions may include: Special opportunities while on location may include a trip to the Aran Islands to see the medieval ruins of Dun Aengus Fort, a tour of Blarney Castle, home of the famous Blarney Stone, a visit to the Rock of Cashel, former home of Irish kings, or a ferry ride to Spike Island, known as the Alcatraz of Ireland.
Classes: Classes will be held at various locations, including museums and onsite at the lodging facility. Days and hours will vary depending on individual instructors.
Accommodations: Students will stay in group apartments, same-sex dorm rooms in hostels, or university housing. Each housing facility will be within walking distance of restaurants, grocery stores, and taxi ranks or bus stops for adventures further afield. Breakfast and dinner will be provided daily.