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 cultural 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.
Includes several class-specific activities plus day trips (one in England and one in Ireland) to such locations as Bath, Canterbury & Dover, Stonehenge & Salisbury, and Stratford & Warwick in England; and Glendalough in Ireland. Program participants reside in local hotels.
Travel together with faculty, staff and other participants from your CCSA program with optional group travel. If you opt for 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, those that choose group travel 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.
* All prices are estimates based on winter 2018 costs. Final pricing will be published on the CCSA website by May 2019.
Option 2 —Independent 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). Check the CCSA website at https://ccsa.cc/departures for your scheduled date/time check-in.
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 26, 2019 —January 08, 2020
(13 days) Base Price
$949 – $1149 (estimated additional cost based on recent airline prices)Enrollment Status: OPEN
September 27, 2019 Scholarships: OPEN Due October 04. See our scholarships page
Art and Design / Museum Studies / Architecture / Medieval Studies
Castles and Cathedrals in London and Dublin
Course Description: Compare English and Irish styles of art and architecture by visiting pairs of sites with a balance of civic and sacred purposes. Students will view and write about castles at Dover and Dublin; Canterbury and St. Patrick’s cathedrals; Houses of Parliament and Dublin’s City Hall; manuscripts from the British Library vs Book of Kells at Trinity College; plus urban design, formal gardens, and paintings in museums in both capitals. But can anything compare to Buckingham Palace or the Leprechaun Museum of Celtic mythology? Some places are uniquely English or Irish! Come discover the beauty of each culture's rich artistic heritage.
Course Description: This course will explore concepts of family systems theory as applied to relationships over the lifespan with a focus on families portrayed in movies set in London, Ireland, the U.S. and in modern society. Films are a powerful medium for observing the characteristics of individuals as they participate in family dynamics. Visiting the locations from scenes in selected movies will offer opportunities to discuss how culture impacts relationships. Along with other significant sites, potential visits include The Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great, Kensington Gardens, Notting Hill, Limerick, St. John's Square, Kilmainham Gaol, and Trinity College.
Prerequisite: Completion of basic writing requirement and ability to view several movies before meeting on-site.
Vampires, Ghosts, and Cemeteries: Gothic Dublin and London
Course Description: We will encounter vampires, ghosts, murder, and cemeteries--in Gothic literature and in person as we explore London and Dublin. Readings by Stoker, Wilde, Elizabeth Bowen, Edgeworth, Keats, Coleridge, and Stevenson will inform our adventures in Highgate Cemetery, the British Museum, Dublin Castle, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, and Tower of London. In addition to exploring Jack the Ripper sites, we will experience the haunted history of Dublin. If you enjoy sublime scenery and gruesome acts, join this journey through the Gothic tradition.
Prerequisite: Completion of an intro English course or similar.
Course Description: Explore the state of health and the healthcare systems in London and Dublin. Students will visit historical sites, museums, and health care institutions in both cities where they will have the opportunity to interact with health care providers from a variety of disciplines and local consumers of health care. Students will also explore the health care of vulnerable, invisible populations while learning about the emergence of historical leaders that assisted in shaping the current health care disciplines found in the U.S.
Course Description: This class explores the crucial role that Britain played in achieving Allied victory in the First World War but also explores the weakening of the British Empire in war’s aftermath. The first theme is illustrated in London with field trips to the Imperial War Museum, the Royal Air Force Museum, Parliament and the Tower of London. The second theme is focused on in Dublin with field trips to Dublin Castle and the General Post Office (site of the 1916 Easter Rising). In both cities, students will gain insights into how the war impacted the lives of all who experienced it.
Prerequisite: Completion of an intro history course or similar.
Legal Studies / Political Science / Public Affairs Policy and Admin / Criminal Justice
Comparative Law: America, London and Dublin
Course Description: This course delves into the history and structure of the laws of London and Dublin in comparison to those of the United States, as well as to each other. Students will learn general legal principles and the structure of jurisprudence. Through field trips to courthouses such as the Supreme Court in London, jails such as Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin, and through guest speakers in government and legal offices, students will gain a deeper understanding of how the Anglo-Irish legal tradition influenced the American constitution and legal system.
Responsible Business Management in London & Ireland
Course Description: This course is an undergraduate, upper level, business elective. Business is a force for good in Society and business schools in the UK and Ireland are leading the way in responsible management education. Students will visit the UK and Ireland signatory schools for Responsible Management education such as Trinity College in Dublin and Cass Business School at the City University of London. We will also tour historic landmarks and established businesses to experience the impact that business has had and continues to have on society.