Ireland and Scotland
Celtic Literature and Culture
Fall 2020 Global Seminar
This SPU Global Seminar will take students on a three-week journey through the sacred and beautiful Celtic landscapes of Ireland and Scotland. We will visit everything from ancient holy sites to spectacular coastal beaches to thriving urban neighborhoods, studying Celtic literature, history, culture, and faith in the context of peacemaking.
We will anchor ourselves in the great capital cities of Edinburgh and Dublin and explore from there, discovering both ancient high crosses and modern challenges. There will be opportunities for learning with Christian reconciliation organizations working through the dark legacy of sectarianism, as well as opportunities to discover the joy of stories, music, and art, too — everything from ancient Celtic myths to Harry Potter. There will be time for faith and reflection as well as excursions to epic sites of history and culture.
Before departure, students will also be expected to participate in several spring quarter orientation sessions and some summer reading by way of preparation.
ENG 3335: Celtic Literature and Culture (5 cr)
This course investigates the literature and culture of Ireland and Scotland across genres, national borders, and time periods, considering key questions about the role that stories play in speaking truth to history, forging personal and national identity, as well as navigating faith in a context of war and peacemaking. Attributes: Upper-Division, Writing "W” course, CUE, Ways of Knowing/Humanities
August 24: Depart for Edinburgh, Scotland on independent flights. Most flights to Europe travel ovenight.
August 25: Program Begins in Edinburgh. Airport transportation is included if you arrive at the designated time (TBD)
August 26: Guided tour of Edinburgh, Welcome Dinner.
August 27: Morning class. Afternoon visit to sites such as the National Museum, Carlton Hill, and St. Giles Cathedral.
August 28: Morning class. Free afternoon.
August 29: Day trip to Stirling Castle with free time to explore!
August 30: Morning class. Free afternoon.
August 31: Transfer from Edinburgh to Fort William.
September 1: Full day sightseeing on the Jacobite Steam Train, or better recognized as the Harry Potter Train.
September 2: Transfer from Fort William to Glasgow. Free afternoon.
September 3: Transfer from Glasgow to Belfast, Ireland.
September 4: Guided walking tour of Belfast. Free afternoon.
September 5: Transfer from Belfast to Dublin with a stop in Armagh.
September 6: Guided tour of Dublin with visit to Trinity College, to include the Book of Kells
September 7: Morning class. Afternoon group activity.
September 8: Morning class. Guided visit to Kilmainham Gaol.
September 9: Free day.
September 10: Day trip to Newgrange, a prehistoric monument in the Boyne Valley.
September 11: Morning class. Free afternoon.
September 12: Spend the day enjoying visits to the Wicklow Mountains, Solas Bhride Center, and Silver Strand Beach.
September 13: Morning Class. Free afternoon.
September 14: Free day. Farewell Dinner.
September 15: Program ends. Transportation to Dublin Airport will be provided.
Housing and Meals
Students will be housed in twin or triple rooms in centrally located hotels or hostels for the duration of the program.
Daily breakfast and a few group meals are included in the program fee. Students should budget approximately $150 per week for additional meals.
Program fees include:
|2018 ESTIMATED Program Fee
|$4,900 + $300 confirmation payment (administrative fee)
Estimated expenses not included in program fees
- Lodging - Twin or triple rooms in centrally located hotels
- 3-4 group meals.
- Airport pick up in Edinburgh and return transportation in Dublin
- Transportation between Scotland and Ireland
- Entrance fees and transportation to all group cultural and sightseeing activities
- Medical insurance for the duration of the program
- Tuition: Credits (5) earned are part of regular fall tuition.
- Airfare: Approx. $1,000-1,200
- Meals: Approx. $150 per week
- Personal expenses (souvenirs, snacks, activities, etc.) - varies
- Trip cancellation/interruption insurance - varies
*Costs are estimated and may be adjusted in response to unanticipated price changes or foreign currency fluctuations.
Students on the Global Seminars may be eligible for financial aid, including state and federal aid. Check with Student Financial Services to determine your exact aid eligibility before applying
Students will book flights from their home city to Edinburgh, Scotland and flight home from Dublin, Ireland independently, as airfare is not included in the program fees to give you maximum flexibility and control.
Please do not book your flights
until you have been instructed to do so by the study abroad office. Specific information about flights will be emailed to students after the group has been confirmed. Students will be given a time frame to arrive and will be greeted at the airport and transported to student housing. At the end of the program, return airport transportation will be provided.
Students who plan to arrive early or stay longer will be responsible for their own transportation to meet up with the group and we will provide advice for the best transportation options.
The group will be traveling together from Scotland to Ireland and transportation will be arranged for you and the cost is included in the program fee.
Once your flights are booked, you must complete the flight information questionnaire in your study abroad account at least 3 weeks prior to departure, providing the study abroad office with flight numbers and times. We cannot ensure airport transportation if this information is not provided.
Please note that if it is necessary for SPU to cancel the program or if you have reason to cancel after your ticket has been purchased, SPU is not responsible for reimbursing the cost of your ticket. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to purchase flight insurance. We are happy to advise you on cancellation insurance options.
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Dr. Christine Chaney is a professor of English at Seattle Pacific University and the Director of the University Honors Program — as well as an Irish-American who grew up on her grandfather’s family stories of the old countries. She is also an Affiliate faculty member at the University of Washington and a former director of several initiatives both there and at SPU related to university learning — all of which have led to her strong belief in the importance of study abroad as a transformative educational experience for all college students. She is also the author of several academic book chapters and articles focusing specifically on the ethics of narrative story-telling. That scholarship informs the Celtic Literature and Culture course, as well, by its interest in the ways that stories are powerful vehicles for truth, justice, and faith, as this Global Seminar will investigate. She has been a study abroad student herself back in the olden days and, as a professor, has led multiple SPU study abroad trips to Ireland, Scotland, and the United Kingdom since 2004.
Dr. Christine Chaney
Professor, English; Director of University Scholars
Department of English, Marston 230
P: 206-281-2409 E: firstname.lastname@example.org