About the Program

Experience Ireland and its culture for six weeks while earning a combined 6 hours of SMAD, ANTH, and/or ENG credits. Selected students will visit major landmarks and cities and come to appreciate Ireland’s rich culture and society by analyzing its films, media, and community dynamics.

During their stay, students will collaborate on a community and media based project with the Galway division of the nonprofit organization Foróige in order to examine the perspective of young people in today’s Irish society. Students will also examine the social and cultural context of Galway with a special focus on gender studies. The program will provide students a special opportunity to help document the stories of local youth and their communities in Galway.

Throughout the trip, students will also document the impact of their own journeys and experiences by creating reflexive content in various media formats. This study abroad program is designed to help develop participant’s analytical, media, and cross-cultural skills while gaining a greater knowledge of Irish society/culture and self.

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  • Trinity College, Dublin

    June 13

    Arrival to Dublin

    After an overnight flight across the Atlantic, we arrived at Trinity College in Dublin bright and early at 6 am, ready for the adventure that awaited us.

  • Dublin, Ireland

    June 13 to June 18

    Adventures in Dublin

    Dublin was tourist-filled and busy, with something new at every corner. Our experience in Dublin consisted of film viewings, walking tours, and exploring what the city had to offer.

  • Inch Island, Donegal, Ireland

    June 19

    Arrival to Donegal

    After a long bus ride up the east coast, we arrived in the chilly, northern city of Donegal on tiny Inch Island, where we stayed at the Inch House, which oversaw calm water and farmland full out bleating sheep.

  • Derry, Northern Ireland

    June 20 and June 21

    Adventures in Derry

    While staying in Donegal, we took day trips over to the city of Derry in Northern Ireland, which was full of a rich, troubled history that was glaringly apparent from tall city walls and murals.

  • Belfast, Northern Ireland

    June 22

    A Day in Belfast

    Our second stop in Northern Ireland was Belfast, a bustling city on the water, where we had the opportunity to visit Northern Ireland Screen, the production company of Games of Thrones.

  • Giant's Causeway

    June 23

    Exploring Giant's Causeway

    A few hours away from our lodging in Derry was the breathtaking and beautiful Giant's Causeway, where we spent the day marveling at the sights and exploring for hours on end.

  • Galway, Ireland

    June 24

    Arrival in Galway

    After a long trip down the west coast of Ireland, we arrived in Galway, our new home for the next four weeks. Galway is considered the arts capital of Ireland and sits on the water with abundant art, music, and culture at our fingertips.

  • Filming documentary at Foroige

    June 26 to June 29

    Foroige Collaboration

    While in Galway, we collaborated with youth empowerment organization, Foroige, where we created documentaries about the youth living in Galway.

  • Inishbofin Island, Wild Altantic Way, Ireland

    July 10 and July 11

    Inishbofin Island

    Inishbofin Island was a short ferry ride from where we stayed in Galway. The tiny island had spectacular views and a new experience on the Wild Atlantic Way.

  • Galway Film Fleadh

    July 12 to July 16

    Galway Film Fleadh

    The Galway Film Fleadh is a yearly world-famous film festival, showing films from dozens of countries and in various languages. We had the opportunity to view unique and eye-opening films, while meeting people from all over Europe, including directors, actors, and travellers alike.

  • Galways Arts Festival

    July 17 to July 21

    Galway Arts Festival

    The Galway Arts Festival ended our experience in Galway with musicals, plays, parades, art installations, and more. The festival proved to us that Galway truly was the arts capital of Ireland.

  • Group at Cliffs of Moher

    July 22

    Departure Back to the States

    After six long, but life-changing weeks, it was finally time to return back home. As we all said our goodbyes to new lifelong friends, the trip to Ireland was something that would never be forgotten and would forever make us yearn to go back one day.

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Andy Strassel

"Beautiful country with a deep, heartbreaking history of violence, struggle, and oppression that still permeates modern life."

Andy Strassel

Faith Whittemore

“Too many sheep 4/10”

Faith Whittemore

Tessa Lawrence

"Amazing opportunity to see breathtaking landscapes, experience a unique branch of European life, and learn about lesser-known cultural ties with America."

Tessa Lawrence