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Celtic Connections—Ireland, France, Spain

Dublin, Ireland; Rennes, France; Santiago, Spain

Arrive Date:  July 2, 2020    End Date:  July 31, 2020

Program Overview

This program will introduce students to that Celtic strain—in literature, culture, language, music, and politics—that characterizes three different countries. By visiting and living in all three countries—Ireland, France, Spain—over a four-week period, students will get an opportunity to see, up-close and personal, some of the most stunning landscapes in Europe and to meet some of the most interesting people around: people who love to celebrate their unique Celtic heritage in an assembly of words and music. Students will also taste the culinary delights that are native to the Celtic regions of Europe...Galettes (Rennes), Pulpo Gallego (Santiago), Coddle (Dublin).

Taught In:  English

Max Enrollment:  22

Program Coordinator:  Sarah Wiens

Program InstructorJames McElroy, University Writing Program


English (ENL) 138British Literature: 1945 to Present  (4 units) 

English (ENL) 198Directed Group Study (4 units, P/NP)

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Program Highlights

  • Trip begins with 10 days in Dublin and visits to the Wicklow Mountains, 6th-Century site of Glendalough, plus an excursion to Belfast and an evening out on the town.
  • Fly to Santiago de Compostela—World Heritage City—and live amidst Romanesque, Baroque, and Gothic architecture while taking day trips to 'Finisterra,' a guided tour of an altogether unique pilgrimage site, and signing up for a rooftop tour of St. James' Cathedral with incredible views of the surrounding region.
  • In France we will stay in Rennes (capital of Brittany), take tours of Contemporary Art Museum, and visit places like St. Malo on the Breton coast, Roche aux Fees, Marcille-Robert, and The Forest of Broceliande, as well as setting out on an extensive walking tour of Rennes' Medieval Quarter, Parliament, etc. 

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