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  • Locations: Belfast, United Kingdom; Dublin, Ireland; Galway, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 6-Non-Degree Seeking Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.00 Field of Study: Creative Writing, English, General Studies
Housing Options: Residence Hall Program Type: Faculty-Led Program
Program Description:
History, Culture and Writing in Ireland

Summer 2018
Course Dates:
May 24 - July 7, 2018
Dates Abroad: May 24 - June 12, 2018
Price: $4,379

**For upcoming information sessions click here**


Lush rolling hills and stone walls of the Emerald Isle.


This writing intensive class will focus upon the nature of aesthetics, and the intersection of political, religious and social discourse in the development of Ireland. Class discussion will address Irish texts in various genres, theatre, museum, film, historical sightseeing visits, and overall integration of the principles of aesthetics with the violent and revolutionary history of political Ireland and its people's identities.

All participants are required register for ONE of the following SDSU course(s), offered through the College of Extended Studies (CES):
  • RWS 305W: Writing in Various Setting: Aesthetics, Discourse & Culture of Ireland (3 units; Fulfills upper division writing requirement)
  • GENS 450: Life and Culture: Aesthetics, Discourse & Culture of Ireland (3 units; Fulfills the GE, Explorations, Area C: Humanities graduation requirement)


Accommodation in single rooms with shared bathrooms at the National University of Ireland Galway, Corrib Village for five nights. Wireless internet and linens and towels will be provided. Shuttle services run between the campus and city centre throughout the day, or it is about a 40 minute walk.

Accommodation in multi-bedded rooms with shared bathrooms in a hostel or similar in Cork for two nights on a bed and breakfast basis.\

Accommodation in single rooms with shared bathrooms at Trinity College Dublin, Goldsmiths Hall for ten nights on a self-catering basis. Wireless internet and linens and towels will be provided. The accommodations are connected to campus via a 24-hour footbridge and gated access with keycard.

Accommodation in multi-bedded rooms with shared bathrooms in a hostel or similar in Belfast for two nights on a bed and breakfast basis.

  • Walking sightseeing tour of Galway
  • Welcome dinner
  • Daytrip by private bus to the Cliffs of Moher & the Burren
  • Daytrip to the Aran Islands by ferry
  • Trad on the Prom evening event
  • Kilmainham Gaol
  • Causey Farm excursion including lunch
  • National Museum of Decorative Arts
  • Theatrical performance
  • Irish Film Institute screening
  • GAA Gaelic Games Experience
  • EPIC museum
  • Little Museum
  • National Museum of Archaeology
  • Titanic Exhibition Entrance
  • Black Cab Tour
  • Daytrip to Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-rede Bridge, Bushmills tour and Game of Thrones filming locations
  • Farewell dinner at McHughes in Belfast


Marla Grupe Williams, Lecturer, Department of Rhetoric and Writing Studies


Payment Schedule:
 $559      Deposit due to CES with application
 $2,725   Second program payment due to American Institutue for Foreign Study (AIFS) by March 29, 2018
 $1,095   Tuition due with course registration between  April 15-25, 2018
 $4,379   Total Program Fee* **

* In addition to the program fee, there is a $125 refundable housing deposit, to be paid directly by students to AIFS by March 29, 2018
** If more than 20 students enrolled in the program by March 15, 2018, our partner institution AIFS will offer a discount of $200 per student. This discount will be applied to the second payment due to AIFS by March 29, 2018.

Included in the Program Fee:
  • Housing
  • Tuition
  • Activities as listed above
  • Group airport pick up and drop off
  • Transfers between cities
  • LeapCard travel card, pre-loaded with 20 Euro credit (valid for public transport within Dublin and select bus services in Galway)
  • Some meals
  • On-site orientation
  • 24/7 On-site support
  • Library access at Trinity College
  • Medical and repatriation insurance

Not Included in the Program Fee:
  • Airfare, arrive in Galway and depart from Dublin
  • $125 refundable damage deposit
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Most Meals
  • Personal Expenses
Refund Policy:
Program Costs Refund:
  • The application deposit is non-refundable for withdrawals after March 15, 2018*
  • For the second payment, for withdrawals after March 15, 2018 but before March 29, 2018, there is a 50% cancellation fee
  • For withdrawals after March 29, 2018, no refunds will be issued 
Course Tuition Refund: 
Refunds for course tuition follow the College of Extended Studies (CES) standard refund policy.

* Withdrawals are effective on the date that the CES Faculty-Led Program staff receives written notification from you, the student. Email notification is acceptable.
Funding and Scholarship Information:
Visit the CES Study Abroad website for more information about financial aid, scholarships, military and veterans benefits, and other funding sources.

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Open to SDSU students, students at other colleges and universities and the general public
  • SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration. The standard CES refund policy for study abroad applies if you are found to be on probation after applying to the program.
  • Minimum age to participate is 18
  • After applying and being accepted into the program, all participants must complete BOTH a mandatory pre-departure orientation sponsored by the College of Extended Studies (CES) as well as a program-specific orientation(s) with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.


The application for summer 2019 is not yet available.  If you would like to receive updates, please add your name to the inquiry list above.

  • Click HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about College of Extended Studies (CES) study abroad programs.
  • If you would like more information about the application and registration process or have general questions, please contact Amanda Chamberlain, Study Abroad Advisor, in the College of Extended Studies, Faculty-Led Study Abroad office:,  (619) 594-0540.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.