Ireland Fall 2011

2011 Fall Break Study Abroad trip to Ireland
October 6th - 15th 2011

 “Pens and Pipes” - (Literature, History, Musical Ballads, and Celtic-Iberian Connections)

"Come along for a toe-tapping tour of the Emerald Isle!"


Fascinating travel in Dublin, Cork, Cliffs of Mohr—the highest cliffs in Europe, Aran Islands, and Galway.






(Cliffs of Mohr)



This study-abroad program offers students the opportunity to delve into a foreign civilization with several cultural realities between the rural and the urban, between the Catholic and the Protestant, and between the Irish-speaking Gaeltacht regions and the English-speaking population.

This special topics course is entitled "Ireland: Literature, History, Musical Ballads, and Celtic-Iberian Connections." This curriculum will allow students to experience a vast and diverse Irish culture through in-class examination and on-site exploration. This study will permit students to interact and to appreciate a variety of ethos within Ireland.  Students will receive 2 credits one English and one Spanish. **Area K-12 teachers will receive 3 credits with 90 re-certification points - Education C434.

This course will be conducted online; video materials will be used to stimulate interest in and to accustom students to the land of Éire and its Celtic connections. Furthermore, students will study abroad and tour the relevant places of interest that take advantage of Ireland’s rich heritage, such as theatres, cultural centers, art and historical museums, and the dramatic, fascinating landscapes of the island and smaller surrounding isles.

Participants will read and analyze different Irish short stories, poems, and dramas and will study, listen, and evaluate ballads and musical performances.

Tuition and fees:

$2,995 In - state students

$3,100 Out-of-state students

Price will include cost of airfare, lodging, ground transportation, site admissions, breakfasts, student travel insurance, local guide services to the following excursions:

* Dublin: St. Patrick’s Cathdral, National Museum Of Ireland, and the Kilmainhaim Goal
* Rock of Cashel/Cork: Home to the High Kings of Ireland, historic marketplaces, and Cork   University.
* Blarney: Blarney Castle and the Blarney Stone
* Ennis—home to some of the best Irish music.
* The Burren/Cliffs of Mohr/Galway: Limestone dome, species of horticulture, and Celtic Crystal.
* The Aran Islands: the remains of Dun Aonghasa, real Irish country life, and the true language of Irish.
* Guided tours by UVA-Wise faculty and local experts

* The priceless experience of immersion in the traditions of a foreign culture and language!!!!

*Does NOT include lunch and supper. Student must estimate $40 a day for food.

Directors: Cyndi Newlon, Instructor in English and Jessica Williams, Instructor in Spanish, The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

E-mail: C. Newlon at, Phone: (276) 376-4551, Office: Zehmer Hall 144a or J. Williams at, Phone: (276) 376-4693, Office: Zehmer Hall 210b.

For more info and to apply:

International Programs Office,
Darden Hall 105
Phone: (276) 328 -0287
Deadline for Application: March 17, 2011.

You can download your application here.

Applications will be received on a first come, first serve basis until completion of a group of 15 students.