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Visit Ireland

The Institute of Study Abroad Ireland program offers an important socio-historical framework of the history of Ireland from pre-Christian to modern times. The trip includes an overview on Celtic Ireland, British imperialism, Famine and Emigration, Irish-American impact on the United States, with a focus on the Civil Rights movement in Northern Ireland, the subsequent ‘Troubles’, the conflict resolution in Northern Ireland, and current Peace Process. A comprehensive program of field trips is integrated with the class teaching to reinforce the learning outcomes.

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  • Day 1 (March 22) – Depart from Charlotte
  • Day 2 (March 23) – Arrive in Dublin; Visit Cavan Burren- Ancient Mythological/Geological Park
  • Day 3 (March 24) - Guided visit to Donegal Town, Donegal O’Donnell Castle & Abbey
  • Day 4 (March 25) – Beginner surfing lesson; Hike Queen Maeve’s Cairn Knocknarea
  • Day 5 (March 26) – Guided visit to Ballyshannon Famine & Penal Sites; Visit to Sliabh Liag Cliffs
  • Day 6 (March 27) – Day trip to Arranmore Island in Irish Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking island)
  • Day 7 (March 28) – Guided visit to Derry City; Museum of Free Derry & Bogside Murals
  • Day 8 (March 29) – Visit to Yeats Country, Glencar Waterfall, Constance Sculpture & Sligo
  • Day 9 (March 30) – Culture event focused on language, landscapes, and identity
  • Day 10 (March 31) – Depart from Dublin


Total cost: $3,500

Cost includes:

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Two meals per day






Participants must be at least 18 years old by the start of the trip.

Interested in the trip?

Complete the trip questionnaire to apply


Ensure that you have a valid passport.

If you do not have a passport, you will need to get one as soon as possible. This process can take weeks and is often delayed, so please apply as soon as you can.

If you already have a passport, make sure it will be eligible for a March/April 2024 trip. Passports must be valid for at least six months after the final date of the trip.

How to begin the process of getting a passport


Make the initial deposit of $500 to the Business Office at Isothermal Community College. This deposit needs to be made by October 20.

Optional course

If you are a student, consider signing up for HUM 180 in the spring. This course will run concurrent with our trip.

If you are a community member, you are welcome to enroll in the course, though it is not required.

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Contact for information

Matthew Humphries
English Instructor