Irish Studies Trip & Undergrad Conference

January 4-14 2019
  • Overview

    The Drew University /ISAI winter study trip and undergraduate conference offers faculty and students (Drew and non-Drew) a unique study abroad experience in Ireland each January.

    The Drew trip includes travel in Ireland and Northern Ireland, a student & faculty event in Dublin with very special guest speaker, Professor of Poetry Paula Meehan, six days of lectures, field trips and travel, and an  interdisciplinary undergraduate conference in County Donegal, on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.  With its interdisciplinary approach, this program is a great choice for students of any major seeking to build cultural affinity and global awareness. The international conference experience is particularly valuable for honors undergraduate students who intend to pursue graduate study or careers in academia, cultural affairs or global relations.This trip is very suitable for ambitious students and/or scholars who would be interested in combining a multidisciplinary international conference with a short study trip to Ireland.

    Dr. William Rogers (Drew University) and Dr. Niamh Hamill (Drew/ Institute of Study Abroad Ireland)  will lead the study trip. The planned schedule is as follows:

    Day 1

    Jan 4

    Friday 2019

    Depart USA for Ireland
    Day 2

    Jan 5



    Arrive Dublin Airport. Transfer to 4* Dublin Hotel


    2pm Orientation Meeting

    3pm Guided walking tour of Historic Dublin City

    6pm Welcome reception & dinner for students & Faculty at Club Na Muinteoiri. Guest speaker Paula Meehan.
    Day 3

    Jan 6



     Breakfast 7:30-9.30am

    10am check out & depart for Donegal

    Travel to Donegal via Boyne Valley & Lough Crew Gardens & ancient Passage Graves.


    Continue to Donegal – Arrive Donegal Campus. Check into Student Apartments. Orientation Talk & Table Quiz /Icebreakers
    Day 4

    Jan 7



     8am Breakfast

    9am Lecture 1: ‘From a Kingdom to a Colony’

    10am Guided visit to Donegal Town, Donegal Friary & Donegal Castle for guided tour. 6pm Evening Meal

    7.30pm Assignment Time/Conference Prep

    9pm Celtic Art Workshop

    Day 5

    Jan 8



    8am Breakfast

    9am Lecture 2: ‘From Colony to Catastrophe’

    10am Guided visit to Famine sites – Ballyshannon area.  6pm Evening Meal

    7.30pm Assignment Time/Conference Prep

    9pm Traditional Music Session

    Day 6

    Jan 9



    8am Breakfast

    9am Lecture 3: ‘Cultural Revival’

    2pm Guided visit Sligo/Yeats Country 6pm Evening Meal

    7.30pm Assignment Time/Conference Prep

    9pm Donegal Adventure Centre Activity


    Day 7

    Jan 10



    8am Breakfast

    9am Community Service Project

    2pm choice of surfing lesson or beach horse riding trek  6pm Evening Meal

    7.30pm Assignment Time/Conference Prep

    9pm Irish Movie on Northern Ireland

    Day 8

    Jan 11 Friday


    8am Breakfast

    9am Lecture 4:    ‘Northern Ireland-  Civil Rights & Social Justice’

    10am Guided visit to Derry City; Museum of Free Derry & Bogside Murals 6pm Evening Meal

    7.30pm Assignment Time/Conference Prep


    Day 9

    Jan 12




    9am -1pm


    2am -5pm



    ISAI Undergrad Conference keynote talk

    8pm Gala Undergrad dinner & awards

    Day 10

    Jan 13


    7am Breakfast

    8am Depart for Dublin

    12 noon lunch in Dublin

    Free Time Dublin City

    Free evening in Dublin City
    Day 11

    Jan 14


    6am Depart for USA from Dublin Airport Depart Dublin for USA


    ​Saturday 12 January           Undergraduate Symposium  
    A range of conference panels to choose from- all in the realm of Irish Studies & Culture. Trip participants are encouraged to prepare a presentation with their faculty leader. All trip participants will attend the symposium.

     Fees includes all transfers, accommodation,  breakfast and evening meals during trip, all meals during the conference,  conference registration, lectures & field trips, cultural and adventure activities, Drew receptions & gala award supper.
    Faculty may propose a panel from their student group.

    Undergraduate presenters will have 5-8 minutes to speak, with a maximum of six speakers per undergraduate panel. These sessions are offer an opportunity for undergraduate students to gain experience in conference presenting, and to receive feedback from their peers and senior colleagues.

    Activities summary

    • Surfing Lesson
    • Classes on Irish Culture and History
    • Field trips to sites of historical and cultural importance
    • Guided Tours including Castles and Museums
    • Adventure Activities including Surfing and Gaelic Sports

    Payment information

    You can secure your place for only $500
    Pay deposit

    Or if you prefer you can pay in full $2100
    Pay in full