Ireland and Scotland

Kylemore Abbey, County Galway

Cross Cultural Communication
May 9 - 23, 2016
Application · Budget Sheet

This trip to Ireland and Scotland will allow students to learn about cross cultural communication in other countries. The students will learn the similarities and differences between Irish, Scottish and American culture and will also be given the opportunity to visit famous and historical places in both countries. From Galway to Glasgow, students will be able to experience Ireland and Scotland through a variety of tours and interactions with locals that will ultimately expand their knowledge of Celtic culture.

  • COMM 396 Cross Cultural Communication (3 credits)

Estimated Cost of Study Abroad Experience:

  • Program cost: $1,997. Includes ground transportation, lodging, some meals (breakfasts and 4 dinners), field trips, entrance fees, and insurance.
  • Airfare:  $930. Costs may vary by traveler.
  • Tuition: $392 per credit, undergraduate junior/senior rate.
  • Estimated Total Cost (with 3 credits): $4,103.00

Not included in estimated cost:

  • Passport
  • Required textbooks and supplies
  • Personal expenses, some meals

Please contact Dr. Sandy Alspach for course and expenses details related to this program.

Tuition rate for freshman/sophomore participants is $382 per credit hour.

Students will stay in hotels. 

Day 1 - Monday, May 9: Depart USA
Depart Chicago O'Hare. Arrive Dublin seven hours later. Take the train to Galway, Ireland.

Day 2 - Tuesday, May 10: Galway
Welcome to western Ireland where life is traditional "Irish" and Gaelic is still spoken in many places. Instructor led tour of Galway City - Spanish Arch, Eyre Square, Lynch's Castle, Browne's Doorway, and Galway Hookers.

Day 3 - Wednesday, May 11: Galway
Day tour to Dunguaire Castle (with real Galway Hookers!), the Burren and Poulnabrone Dolman, Ballyalbin Fairy Fort, the Cliffs of Moher, Doolin, Blackhead and Ballyvaughn.

Day 4 - Thursday, May 12: Glaway
Day tour to the Ross Errilly Friary, Cong Village, Lough Corrib and peat bogs, the monastic community of Kylemore Abbey and Gardens, and "Quiet Man Bridge." Return to Galway. Dinner at Salt Hill Hotel in Galway followed by Trad on the Prom, a contemporary Irish show featuring an electrifying mix of traditional Irish music, song, and dance.

Day 5 - Friday, May 13: Galyway/Dublin
Return to Dublin by train. Get acquainted with Dublin using your two-day Hop-On-Hop-Off (HOHO) Dublin-Tour bus pass. Hang out around St. Stephen's Green, Trinity College, Temple
Bar, or the Liffey, before retiring.

Day 6 - Saturday, May 14: Dublin
Visit the places you missed yesterday using the remainder of your HOHO pass. Trinity College and the Book of Kells, the "Tart with the Cart," Grafton Street, Merrion Square, Dublin Castle, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Guinness Brewery and Storehouse, Collin's Barracks, Parnell Square, the Old Jameson Distillery and Temple Bar.

Day 7 - Sunday, May 15: County Wicklow
Take a day-tour to County Wicklow: Dunlaoghaire Harbour, Avoca hand weavers, Lough Tay cirque and tarn, Guinness Estate overlook, pub lunch in Laragh, Sally Gap, the 5th century ruins of St. Kevin's monastery and its round tower, and Glendalough (where your instructor wants to retire!).

Day 8 - Monday, May 15: The Gaeltracht
Day trip to the scenic Dingle Peninsula and the Atlantic ocean. Travel to Killarney by train and join the Deros tour to Slea Head, Inch Beach, Far and Away film sites, and Dingle Town, where you can find traditional music, arts, and crafts. Return to Dublin by train.

Day 9 - Tuesday, May 17: Kilkenny
Day trip to Kilkenny, a small, more typical Irish town, literally "the church of St. Canice," and a center of Irish arts and crafts. Travel by train from Dublin arriving at Kilkenny in late morning. Explore the town and the wonderfully preserved castle, St. Canice's Cathedral and its round tower, main street's fish monger, butcher, and specialty stores, and perhaps enjoy a pint at Matt the Miller's pub while watching local lads jump off the bridge into the River Noir. Return to Dublin by train. Meet at The Brazenhead, Dublin's oldest pub, for an evening meal and Folklore and Fairies presentation.

Day 10 - Wednesday, May 18: Dublin to Edinburgh
After a leisurely morning in Dublin, depart from Dublin Edinburgh airport via Aer Lingus for Edinburgh, arriving mid-afternoon. Weather permitting, hike up to Arthur's Seat, an old volcanic cone that overlooks this magnificent city. Upon return, your instructor will introduce you to Grassmarket, The Royal Mile, and the Lothian bus system.

Day 11 - Thursday, May 19: Edinburgh
Narrated HOHO bus tour through the Old City. Required visit to Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile with a "noonish" rendezvous at the Jolly Judge for those who can find it. This is your day to discover and enjoy Edinburgh.

Day 12 - Friday, May 20: St. Andrews and the Coast
Day one of a two day trip to the highlands. Travel by coach up the coast to the fishing villages of Fife, then on the St. Andrews and the Old Course. Before reaching the evening's destination of Pitlochry, visit the city of Falkland. Overnight in Pitlochry.

Day 13 - Saturday, May 21: The Highlands and Stirling
Travel from Pitlochry on the scenic Queensview highway along Loch Trummel. Cross the loch at Trummel Bridge and continue to the Falls of Dechart and then on to Grieff for a tour and lunch at the Glenturret Distillery. Stirling Castle and the William Wallace Monument occupy the afternoon before returning to Edinburgh.

Day 14 - Sunday, May 22: Glasgow
Travel by train to Glasgow, where your instructor will lead you on a tour of this modern, industrial city. Again beginning with a HOHO tour, you will have time to revisit sites you want to explore in depth: George Square, Glasgow Green, or the River Clyde Bungee Jump. Or simply explore/shop downtown Glasgow. Return by train to Edinburgh by late afternoon. Meet at Howie's on Victoria St. near Grassmarket for dinner and a share-out of your Celtic experience.

Day 15 - Monday, May 23: Depart for USA

Sandy Alspach, JOH 127
(231) 591- 2779