Experience the holiday season in two unique cities. Divided not just by the Irish Sea, but by a long history of conquest and rebellion, as well as settlement and intermarriage, each city tells its own distinct story. Both are long time seats of government, arts and business in their own countries with ties stretching out across the world.
You start in London for six nights, then fly to Dublin on January 2 for six more nights. In London, you’ll experience life in major world city at the holidays followed by a slower pace in Dublin. In both cities, your class will explore your course content while you experience European capitals in transition.
Includes several class-specific activities plus day trips (one in England and one in Ireland) to such locations as Bath, Canterbury Cathedral & Leeds Castle, Dover Castle, Stonehenge & Salisbury, or Stratford & Warwick Castle in England; and Glendalough in Ireland. Program participants reside in local hotels.
Participants are required to bring college/university ID cards, as proof of student status may be requested for activities booked with educational discounts.
Health and emergency evacuation insurance* (International Programs Only)
Program directors and staff on-site 24/7
CCSA Central Office
Stephen Farley - Applications
Robert Bedard - Payments
Robin Byerly - Travel
Stephen Farley is the Operations and Outreach Coordinator for CCSA. He completed his undergraduate studies at Western Kentucky University Mahurin Honors College, and earned his MBA from The University of Tampa. As an undergraduate, Mr. Farley participated in multiple study abroad programs, including Semester at Sea, and a faculty directed program to Iceland, Denmark, Sweden and Northern Ireland. His graduate thesis focused on best practices for developing effective faculty-led programs. In his role as Education Abroad Advisor at The University of Tampa, Mr. Farley coordinated 3 separate Global Marketing Research programs in Swaziland and South Africa. He also taught First-Year Experience courses aimed at coaching students through the transition from high school to college. Most recently, Stephen served as Assistant Director for the CCSA London & Dublin winter program.
Group or Individual Travel Allowed
Option One - Group Travel
Travel together with faculty, staff and other participants from your CCSA program with our group travel. CCSA will purchase a airline ticket from select U.S. cities on your behalf. The airline cost will be included in your final bill from CCSA. In addition to the flight, you will also receive transport to/from the accommodation in the destination city and the airport.
You can check our currently available departure cities on our departures page CCSA highly recommends this option for those new to international travel.
roundtrip ground transportation between airport and the accommodation site.
CCSA faculty and staff to guide you through the immigration and customs process.
Option Two - Individual Travel
If you wish to make independent travel arrangements and depart from a city not listed or travel outside the program dates please choose INDEPENDENT TRAVEL from the selection below. You will book your own flights and arrange your own transportation to/from the airport and the accommodation site of the program. This is a great option for going early, staying late, or using airline miles to purchase tickets. We highly recommend participants not fly standby for these programs as a late arrival may negatively impact your grade.
Important Note for Independent Travelers: Please be aware that your check-in date may be up to 24 hours AFTER the program start date (program dates include travel time).
* All prices are estimates based on prior programs. Final pricing will be published on the CCSA website by the first payment deadline.
Not required for U.S. citizens for less than a 3-month stay. Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for obtaining a visa as needed.
Program Dates December 27, 2021 —January 09, 2022 Base Price
$850 - $1,050 (estimated additional cost based on recent airline prices)Enrollment Status: OPEN
September 24, 2021 App Fee Currently $150 (Includes $100 discount)Scholarships: See our scholarships page
Stone Sanctuaries & Bronze to Bog Bodies & Gold
Course Description: This course delves into the ancient societies of Britain and Ireland, from the megalithic past through the Celts, and explores how their traditions survived invasions to form the foundation for 19th and early 20th century folk life. By visiting ancient sites, such as England’s Stonehenge, Avebury, and West Kennet Long Barrow, and Ireland’s Bru Na Boinne, as well as London's British Museum and Dublin's National Museum, students will gain firsthand experience of the ancient places and things that many know only from books and whose traditions were the foundations of life and culture in the British Isles.
Exploring Graphic Design & Typography in London & Dublin
Course Description: Explore graphic design history and typography in Dublin and London, famous for their role in creating modern art and design. We’ll trace how design evolved in commercial and entertainment enterprises in visiting the Design Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Cartoon Museum, and visiting contemporary design studios. Come look at Irish illuminated manuscripts and visit some of the Dublin locations mapped in James Joyce’s “Ulysses.” Students will chronicle their experience through journaling, writing, and sketching of studio, gallery, and museum visits, while also collecting material to create a typeface or style to express their design journey.
Prerequisite: Art Foundation classesWKU Course: ART 496
Exploring International Finance, Marketing, and Consumer Behavior in the UK and Ireland
Course Description: Beginning in London (a center of international financial markets) and continuing in Dublin (the headquarters of many multinational businesses), this course provides students with international perspectives on consumer behavior and corporate decision-making. In a post-Brexit/post-COVID world, divided over social justice issues and nationalism, how are businesses managing their marketing efforts and how does it affect their bottom-line? We’ll answer those questions while visiting financial institutions like the Bank of England and Central Bank of Ireland, business schools like the London School of Economics and Trinity College (Dublin), the Museum of Brands (London), and corporations like Lloyd's of London and distilleries/breweries in Ireland.
They Did What? Science & Ethics in the UK & Ireland
Course Description: Science and medicine are driving forces advancing society in hopeful ways. But they also raise fears that good discoveries can sometimes be abused. In this class we will explore the darker side of science and consider the ethical dilemmas that confront scientists, physicians, and society as science and medicine have evolved. Sites where we will explore these issues include Fleming's Lab at St. Mary's Hospital London (drug discovery and testing), the Freud Museum in London (interpretive vs. empirical science), St. James's Gate Brewery in Dublin (use of statistics), and Trinity College in Dublin (current ethical standards and practices).
Prerequisite: one year of science courses. (e.g. General Chemistry I & II)WKU Course: CHEM 475
Comparing Healthcare Systems in London, Dublin and the U.S.
Course Description: Learn about the differences and similarities between the British, Irish, and American healthcare systems through field trips and activities in London, England and Dublin, Ireland at healthcare facilities and historical sites. We'll interact with healthcare workers and consumers and learn about how the education of healthcare professionals compares to the US model. In both countries, we will learn about historical figures that shaped modern nursing and social work that continue to influence health care in the US by visiting sites such as the Old Operating Theatre and Florence Nightingale Museum in London and the Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship & Famine Museum in Dublin.
Prerequisite: NoneWKU Course: NURS 317 / SWRK490
Prof. Alexandria Colovos, MSN, RN |
3 Cr. Hrs. |
U / G / H
Public Health / Organizational Behavior & Theory / Environmental Health / Occupational Safety
Exploring Risk Management Practices in London & Dublin
Course Description: Students will develop through London and Dublin’s extraordinary offerings a command of the risk management process, including risk identification, assessment, analysis and control. Expected learning experiences in London include Parliament, Churchill War Rooms and Imperial War and Transport museums and in Dublin include Jameson Distillery, Kilmainham Gaol, Christ Church Cathedral, Trinity College, Croke Park Stadium and the Guinness Storehouse. These sites provide a great lens for viewing how risk has been faced, understood and acted upon, each providing vivid and real insights to risk management practices both past and present. Comparisons of United States, British and Irish practices are emphasized throughout.
Course Description: How different societies understand and manage health and well-being issues is the general theme of this class, with London and Dublin’s multi-ethnic society providing a diverse range of examples for study. With London being one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world with individuals coming from inside and outside of Europe, we will be comparing how health and wellness are focused and promoted in this location compared to that and the opportunities for health and wellness opportunities in Dublin. Dublin has a different ethnic makeup than London and the United States along with different opportunities available. By visiting both of these locations we will be able to compare similarities and differences in their cultures and ours in the United States. They will also have the opportunity to understand the history related to health and wellness in London and Dublin.