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Embedded Spring: Forging an Irish Identity
Belfast, United Kingdom; Dublin, Ireland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Embedded Programs,
Embedded Spring
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Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Daniel Loughrey
Language of Instruction:
Suggested G.P.A.:
Good Academic Standing
Enrollment Restrictions:
Honors Program or Honors College Students
Program Description:
Galway BannerThe Program
  • Take part in an international field study experience in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland 
  • Explore Belfast and Dublin, taking in the sights, sounds, history, and culture of the two cities
  • Learn how colonization and religious differences have combined to impact contemporary society
Your Host Cities: Belfast & Dublin
The capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast is a compact, Victorian city. Since the Good Friday Agreement, Belfast has become a lively destination that continues to transcend its sectarian divisions. Attractions include the Titanic Museum and Stormont, seat of Northern Ireland’s government. Belfast also serves as a gateway to the beautiful Antrim Coast, which includes the Giant’s Causeway.

Currently celebrating the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising against British rule, Dublin is a handsome city of Georgian squares, Joycean sites, and landmark buildings. Highlights include the General Post Office, which was at the center of the Easter Rising, Dublin Castle, and Trinity College, home to the Book of Kells.

   Faculty Director Profile:
Paul Blaney

Professor Blaney is the Writer-in-Residence at the SAS Honors Program and an Assistant Professor in the Department of English. His main vocation is as a fiction writer, but he also works as a freelance journalist, teacher, editor, and publisher. 

Email Professor Blaney at:

This program is only open to students enrolled in the SAS Honors Program or Rutgers Honors College.

To view the program’s 2016 syllabus, please click here. To view the program's 2016 itinerary, please click here. Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.

The field experience will build on the spring honors seminar Forging an Irish Identity and take students to visit key historic and cultural sites. The program will be based in the cities of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Dublin, in the Republic of Ireland. From Belfast, a day-trip will explore the rugged Antrim Coast and Giant’s Causeway. Students will experience theater and traditional Irish music, as well as coming into contact with Irish/Gaelic-speaking communities.

For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Accommodations and Meals
Students will stay in shared hostel rooms throughout their time in Ireland. In Dublin, students will stay at the Sky Backpackers Hostel in multi-occupancy rooms. In Belfast, students will stay at Vagabonds Hostel.

Breakfast will be included in the program fee, but students can expect to pay for most of their other meals.

Financial Information
Program costs for 2017 will be updated by the end of the Fall semester. 

For more information about finances, including additional non-billable expenses for this program, please view the program budget sheet.

For more information about finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission please visit the Finances section of our website.

As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Center for Global Education withdrawal policy.

Students are also encouraged to start researching scholarship opportunities as early as possible. There are many kinds of scholarships available, with different eligibility requirements and application criteria. To get a sense of what scholarships are available for your program, please download the Scholarships-at-a-Glance worksheet and visit our scholarship directory for a comprehensive list of study abroad scholarships.