Ireland: Sustainable Stories of the Border Counties

Study Abroad Ireland

Journey to Ireland’s northern counties for 9 days over Spring Break!

Explore the stories of survival, beauty, conflict, and resolution found in Dublin, Derry, and the “forgotten county” of Donegal. Using the dual lens of literature (ENGL102) and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (ENVS TBD), we will delve into this land’s complex history while walking its green hills, craggy shorelines, and bustling town streets. Join us for the chance to study a place where writers, musicians, and community members give voice to social justice issues, and sometime make “hope and history rhyme”!


  • ENGL 102:  Approaches to Literature (SUNY Humanities and DEISJ)
  • ENVS To Be Announced:  Global Sustainable Development (SUNY Social Science and DEISJ)


  • Anticipated for Spring 2025
  • Class Session: The courses meet for the first 10 weeks of the semester.  
  • Trip dates: Travel is during Spring Break.

Who should register

Open to ALL disciplines. 


ENGLS 101 is a prerequisite for ENGL 102, but waivers may be issued if students are taking concurrently.

When to register

Registration begins November-December.

Language Requirements


GPA Requirements

2.0 GPA

Travel Fee

$3785. Fee includes airfare, in-country transportation, lodging, most meals (students will be responsible for some lunches), entrance fees. 

Fee does not include passport fees, any vaccinations needed, personal spending money, tuition (included in fall course load), and any applicable baggage handling fees imposed by the airline or entry/exit fees.

What to expect in Ireland

  • Students will often be outside in inclement weather. 
  • There will be a good deal of walking. 
  • This trip would be very difficult for someone with significant mobility issues.

Faculty Trip Leaders

Kerry Curran – Associate Professor of English
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Kelly Wessell – Professor of Biology
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Study Abroad Ireland