Xavier University is offering two unique opportunities for students in the summer of 2021. Two groups of 10 students will spend two weeks in Ireland touring the country to come to understand and appreciate the natural history, literature, economy, and the sources of historical identity for the Irish.

Unlike most programs where students are housed in dorms and take classes in traditional classrooms, students will travel much of the island and stay at castles, hotels, and bed and breakfasts. We will visit Kilkenny Castle, Galway,  the Rock of Cashel, Athassel Priory, Connemara, the Swiss Cottage, Cahir Castle, and many others.

Students will discuss with local experts a variety of topics from thatching, to dance, to music, to local history. Students will explore diverse ecosystems, attend plays, and interact with a variety of people and places to come to know Ireland. Accommodations for students include stays at B&B's as well as one week at Bansha Castle.



One of the highlights of our trip is staying at Bansha Castle. This lovely old country house, dating from the 18th century, is set in private grounds with mature gardens, backed by the beautiful Glen of Aherlow and the famous Galtee mountains. We usually stay at Bansha for a portion of the trip and then various B&B's as we travel around Ireland.



Course Dates, Descriptions, & Fees

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Professors & Local Guides


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Do I need a passport?


Yes!  Start this process ASAP!

What is the weather like?


It can be cold at times, hot at times, rainy and sunny.  Bring a rain jacket and good walking shoes.

How long is the program?


Each session is two weeks.

Do I have to be a Xavier student?


No.  Talk to Dr. White about how you can attend if you are at another university.

How many credit hours do I receive?


You will receive six credit hours total.

Is airfare included?  What is the cost?


Airfare is not included but food and lodging are covered.  Click here to see the 2021 course fees.


“Traveling to Ireland with Dr. White and Dr. Farnsworth was one of the highlights of my college experience. I loved every moment...” - Catherine