International Studies Programs


Coast of Ireland

Students who participate in the Ireland Study Abroad course and trip can look forward to a unique, exciting, and truly unforgettable experience.

SR210 The Role and Influence of Leisure on the Culture and Commerce of Ireland will be offered during the Spring 2016 semester. Immediately after graduation, students will complete the course by participating in a two-week trip to Ireland, from late May to early June 2016.

In preparation for the trip, students will study how the Irish have used sports, recreation, and leisure to cope with the trials of oppression, how the Irish have found opportunity in their fun-loving spirit, and made sports, leisure, and tourism a part of their national agenda.

Student will learn about Irish culture, history, and ethnic origins, as well as the rich Irish heritage of music, literature, and language.

Franklin Pierce University has been fortunate to establish two major professional partnerships for facilitation of this Study Abroad trip:

In Dublin City, excursions for the class will center primarily on the images, symbols, and representations of iconic Dublin.

Walking tours will include such places as the famed General Post Office (GPO), Aviva Stadium, Croke Park (the Irish National Stadium), and the National Headquarters for GAA.

Students will take tours of several national museums, as well as, Phoenix Park, The Ha’penny Bridge, The Dublin Zoo, Glasnevin Cemetery, Kilmainham Gaol, Trinity College, St. Stephens Green, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and The University College Dublin Sports Centre.

Three long excursions are planned to southern, northern, and western parts of Ireland.

Destinations include the following: Blarney Castle (home of the Blarney Stone), Cork City, Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge, Glens of Antrim, Giant’s Causeway, Beltway City, Limerick City, County Clare, The Burren, Galway, the Aran Islands, and the breathtakingly spectacular Cliffs of Moher.

Testimonials from students on past FPU Study Abroad in Ireland trips:

Street view in Dublin City“I learned so much about the Irish and their culture! …Experiencing the rich culture around us, I think that we were really able to feel the pain of the past…to better realize what these people had gone through.”

“This was an absolutely mind-blowing experience… one thing that blew my mind every single day, and that was how friendly everyone was in Dublin... after seeing how welcoming the Irish are, it pushes me to be more thoughtful and kind as well.”

“Best trip of my life…absolutely the best trip of my life!”

“I will never forget Ireland!!”

Important Dates to remember:

October 2015 - Registration for Spring 2016: SR 210 The Role and Influence of Leisure on the Culture and Commerce of Ireland
December 1, 2015
course fee due (*Special promotional offer: The first 10 students to register and pay their fee will receive a free pair of custom designed Ireland 2016 Islides!)
Sunday, May 29, 2016
– Depart for Ireland
Sunday, June 12, 2016 – Leave Ireland for return to the US

Want to know more?

Patti Vorfeld, Director of International Study Initiatives and CAE Operations
(603) 899-4108

Dr. Rodney Blackman
, Ireland Faculty Leader
(603) 899-4164