Faculty Led Programs for Colleges and Universities

Posted on 28th March 2017

We work with many Universities and Colleges to arrange faculty-led trips and student opportunities in Ireland. Our programs include semester abroad options, and we can tailor a program to suit your requirements.

The Institute of Study Abroad Ireland is a partner of CCID and a regular participant in NAFSA conferences. We will be presenting at the NAFSA biregional conference in New Orleans in November 2016 and the 2017 CCID conference in Heuston, TX.  We will also be attending the Golden Bridges Ireland-USA event in Boston MA in November 2016.

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Typical programs for University/ College groups can include an emphasis on

1: Global Experience- Study abroad outside of the U.S.  An interdisciplinary cultural experience. 

Most faculty-led trips are about taking students overseas so that they can think about their culture, and compare it to something different. For this experience, we often compose a program with several cultural experiences of Ireland and Northern Ireland that demonstrate the differences and the similarities between Ireland and North America. This includes some class lectures on Irish history and culture, with integrated visits to notable sites, including Northern Ireland. Interdisciplinary programs of this type are very popular, and allow students from every field of study to see the value of comparative critical thinking.

2: Literature, Language & Creative Arts 

We are located between Yeats County, close to the W. B. Yeats grave at Drumcliff and the magnificent hinterland of Glencar, Lissadell, Inisfree and Ben Bulben, and the Irish-speaking ‘Gaeltacht’ of Donegal. This part of Ireland provides a magnificent setting for studies in Literature, language and the Arts, and we offer classes and cultural field trips on a variety of Irish writers, including Brian Friel, Patrick Kavanagh, Seamus Heaney, & many more. We can also combine literary classes with film studies, Irish Music and Theatre Studies.

3: History/ Culture/Politics/ Criminal Justice/Civil Rights 

Irish political history is a fascinating subject, in particular the recent events in Northern Ireland. This provides an excellent opportunity to consider conflict resolution and the challenges of a working peace process. Nationalism, Patriotism and Unionism are all concepts that can be explored, with the contribution of people who have lived, and are living through a period of dramatic political change. The comparative elements of these programs are especially valuable for American students, as they can identify with many of the issues experienced here in Ireland.

4: Environment and Sustainability

The beautiful landscape of Ireland is our best resource, therefore sustainability and environmental protection are crucial. From the Wild Atlantic Way to the peat boglands, the dairy farmers and local fishermen, there is a focus on how natural resources are harnessed, protected and harvested. The rural landscape of the North-West provides a backdrop for study, but excellent contemporary resources such as the Crest Pavilion Center and the Organic Centre provide superb cutting-edge information on the growth of sustainable practices in Ireland.

5. Business/Marketing/ Entrepreneurship  Programs

Ireland’s economy is so different to the economy of the U.S.  Entrepreneurs, small and medium businesses, and larger multi-nationals all have very different situations, different markets and different challenges. Our business students combine their cultural learning with visits to local businesses and study their effectiveness in the global marketplace. Our partners at Letterkenny Institute of Technology have a state-of-the-art business laboratory, and excellent resources for considering Ireland as a global hub for business.

6. Sports Management, Fitness & Team Training  Programs

This is an ideal program  for students who are taking a sports course or degree in College, and wish to combine some outdoor pursuits and qualifications with a study-abroad experience. Our location is right on the  Wild Atlantic Way route, and there are endless opportunities to learn a range of outdoor activities. Sports programs also offer a cultural element, including field trips, city visits and classes on Irish history, culture and current affairs. Certification in paddling, surfing, lifeguarding, climbing and kayaking can also be added to the trip.