Cork, Ireland
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Field Trips for Cork, Ireland

Semester and Yearlong Program Field Trips

Clonakilty, Mizen Head and Barleycove

Tour the most southerly part of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way. Our first stop is Clonakilty, the birth place of Michael Collins, where you can have tea and cake in a quirky cafe or just soak up the atmosphere in the colorful streets. We then continue on to Mizen Head, the most southerly point on the island of Ireland. We will take a walk on the cliffs, cross the iconic Mizen footbridge and tour the old lighthouse, with the breathtaking Atlantic ocean as our backdrop. Weather and time permitting, we will round off with a trip to the golden beach at Barleycove before our return to Cork city.

Rock of Cashel and Cahir Castle

Visit two iconic Irish sites on the field trip to the Rock of Cashel and Cahir Castle. With sections dating from 1100 AD, the stark limestone Rock of Cashel (in Irish, Carraig Phádraig) is one of the best preserved castles in Ireland and is thought to be the site of the conversion of the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 1400s. It has one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found in all of Europe. Cahir Castle (in Irish, Caisleán na Cathrach) dates from the twelfth century, is a national monument, and is one of the largest castles in Ireland. It is located on a rocky island on the River Suir, with portions of the building dating to 1142, and has had a colorful and eventful history. The castle retains its impressive keep, tower, and much of its original defensive structures; it is one of Ireland’s best-preserved castles.

Heritage Weekend

A weekend trip to the Ring of Kerry is organized for USAC students and is included in your USAC program fees. Experience the incredible landscape and scenery of the Ring of Kerry and visit some of the most famous archaeological and historical sites in Ireland. Participate in Irish dancing, meet local guest speakers, try Gaelic football, learn basic Irish phrases and an Irish song or two, and enjoy good food and fun. Yearlong USAC students may choose to attend in either the fall or the spring.

Summer Program Field Trips

Rock of Cashel and Cahir Castle

Visit two iconic Irish sites on the field trip to the Rock of Cashel and Cahir Castle. With sections dating from 1100 AD, the stark limestone Rock of Cashel (in Irish, Carraig Phádraig) is one of the best preserved castles in Ireland and is thought to be the site of the conversion of the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 1400s. It has one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found in all of Europe. Cahir Castle (in Irish, Caisleán na Cathrach) dates from the twelfth century, is a national monument, and is one of the largest castles in Ireland. It is located on a rocky island on the River Suir, with portions of the building dating to 1142, and has had a colorful and eventful history. The castle retains its impressive keep, tower, and much of its original defensive structures; it is one of Ireland’s best-preserved castles.

Cobh

Experience the vibrant town of Cobh, located on the edge of Cork Harbour. You’ll have a new appreciation for its extensive maritime history after you walk beside its docks and waterways for a day. One of the most famous ships to visit Cobh was the RMS Titanic, which made its last stop there before a doomed maiden voyage on April 11, 1912. Other famous sightseers to Cobh include Queen Victoria, who visited in 1850, prompting the town to change its name to “Queenstown” until 1920, when it was renamed by the Irish Free State. All this history and more wends its way along the cobbles and side streets of the enchanting town, topped off by the spire of St Colman’s Cathedral, one of the tallest buildings in Ireland. You won’t want to miss the sound of St Colman’s bells ringing throughout the picturesque streets.

Quick Details

2017-18 App. Cycle

Fall: Open

Yearlong: Open

Spring: Open

2018-19 App. Cycle

Application opens 9/1:

Summer (5 weeks)

Eligibility

Summer: 2.5 GPA

Semester: 3.0 GPA and minimum sophomore standing

Program Type

Summer: Specialty

Semester: Partnership

Credit

Summer: US Credit

Semester: Overseas credit

Program Capacity

Summer: 50

Semester: 60

Instruction

English