Based along the Irish Sea in Greystones, Ireland, the Taylor Irish Studies Programme creates an opportunity for students to deepen their cultural and spiritual awareness by experiencing the history and culture of Ireland. This program is enriched by exposure to Ireland’s fine arts, exploration of the land, and experience with her people. Residence life, guided discussions, and chapel alongside Irish faculty and mentors allow students the space for reflection and opportunities to interact with culture.
Students are encouraged to engage with local churches and fellowships to experience diverse expressions of Christianity and consider God’s work in the broader world. Students return from this trip with deeper insights and understanding of their own faith, calling, and communities.
|Offered:||Fall & Spring Semesters|
|Location:||Coolnagreina, Greystones, Ireland|
|Cost:||Taylor tuition/room/board + off-campus program fee $750 + insurance fee + activities fee $500.
*These costs include round-trip airfare, fees for all class-related activities, and class-related travel within Ireland.
|Emphasis:||Liberal Arts / Foundational Core (General Education), Leadership (Fall only)|
|Peace Building & Reconciliation in the Irish Context||Foundational civic engagement requirement|
|Celtic Christianity||Historic Christian Belief|
|Contemporary Ireland||Foundational social science requirement|
|History of Ireland||Foundational history requirement|
|Hill Climbing||Foundational stewardship of the body requirement|
|Participation in the Arts||Foundational participation in the arts requirement|
|Living Cross Culturally||Foundational cross-cultural (CC) requirement|
Students live in Coolnagreina, a YWCA conference center, located in Greystones within a minute’s walk from the harbor, various coastal walkways, and an array of shops, restaurants, and cafes. The facilities consist of a main lodge, residence facility, and classroom building. Students receive a DART pass with unlimited uses for the public train that runs 50 km from the North of Dublin down to Greystones. Meals are provided at Coolnagreina by the on-site chef, but students also have the option of eating at many restaurants in and around Greystones at their own expense. Students can purchase an international phone plan, but WiFi is available in various part of the compound and also in numerous spots throughout town.
Taylor University staff live on the compound with the students and are involved in the planning and execution of every part of the semester.
With the program, students will travel to nearly every region of Ireland led by Taylor faculty and Irish educators. These trips are filled with both adventure and educational opportunities to provide a hands-on approach to learning the history, culture, and contemporary issues of Ireland and the European Union. Students travel to the places of major historical events, listen to the stories of live witnesses, and see the effects of history on Irish landscapes and cities. Students also learn about Celtic Christianity by visiting both modern churches and the ruins of ancient cathedrals.
Students remain in Ireland for the duration of the program, but can travel to mainland Europe at the end of the program if they wish.
You will never have a better classroom. The ability to read a book and then visit the birthplace of the author or where it was set, or to stand on the shores of a lake and read a poem that was written about it, is unlike any other experience. Learning history by visiting battle sites and jails, and learning religion by sitting in mass and walking through monastic ruins has no rival. Katie Klingstedt
If you love adventure and have an interest in learning about women who have influenced Ireland, you may be a great fit for our fall Irish Studies Programme (Fall ISP). This program exists to develop students in leadership.
Offered during the fall semester, this program is hosted in Greystones, Ireland. Students are housed at the conference center for the Young Women’s Christian Association, an organization that provides opportunities for students to exercise leadership and advocate for women facing domestic violence, human trafficking, or other issues.
Fall ISP features all the general ISP courses but includes a special focus on Irish women of influence both historically and currently. An additional leadership course is also offered to help students in the program gain confidence and learn from other leaders. Upon returning to Taylor in the spring, Fall ISP students will have an opportunity to be a part of a leadership cabinet focused on providing intercultural debriefing and learning activities for those who travel and study abroad.
Incoming freshmen and upperclassmen interested in studying abroad in Ireland are encouraged to participate in Fall ISP. Students specifically interested in learning more about women of influence and women in leadership are a great fit. Upperclassmen should expect to fill a mentoring role. Freshmen courses are part of the foundational core curriculum so that both undecided and declared majors are not behind in credits when they return to campus.
Incoming students must apply to Taylor first to qualify for the Fall ISP application process. Once accepted to Taylor, interested students should contact Jennifer Moeschberger at email@example.com before May 15.