Tours and Field Studies for Cork, Ireland
Optional Cultural Immersion Weekend (Summer only)
Spend a weekend practicing your Irish and soaking up the local history and culture in Ballyvourney, a “Gaeltacht” or Irish-speaking community recognized by the Irish government for its primary use of the language. Located about an hour outside Cork, the village of Ballyvourney boasts a winning combination of quiet Irish countryside, archaeological history, rambling stone circles, and local color. This optional weekend will include a traditional music session, a local music and language workshop, delicious Irish cuisine, guided tours of historical sites, and more. USAC encourages every student to participate in this opportunity; however, it is optional and has an additional fee.
Optional Ring of Kerry Tour (Summer only)
At the beginning of the summer session, an optional four-day tour to the Ring of Kerry is available. Upon arrival in Dublin, you’ll have a walking tour and night in the city. The following day you’ll embark to experience the incredible landscape and scenery of the Ring of Kerry and visit some of the most famous archaeological and historical sites in Ireland, including Skellig Ring, Valentia Island, Muckross Gardens, and Killarney National Park. 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. USAC encourages every student to participate in this tour; however, it is optional and has an additional fee. You will sign up for the tour on your Course and Tour Registration Form; the deadline to sign up is May 1.