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Spotlight on Ireland

A guide to custom programs in Ireland

Just the name “Ireland” conjures up images of a land shrouded in myth and legend, steeped in tradition, and awash with beautiful scenery. The Ireland in the mind’s eye of many visitors is its green countryside where – yes – you really will find charming villages with pubs playing classic Irish music and dreamy castles high on a hill. As connected as the island is to its past, it has contributed so much to the modern world through literature, art, and music.  And all of it is characterized by an indomitable pride linked to a history of Irish struggle and a spirit that continues to this day.

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Customize Your Program

Designing Your Custom Program

We believe this kind of learning experience demands a unique travel itinerary, and that’s why we specialize in customized travel programs. Whether its J-term, spring break, May-mester, etc., our program development team, alongside our Global Academic Team, will consult with you to translate your curriculum into a one-of-a-kind learning experience that will deliver the educational outcome you’re looking for. From selecting your destination to identifying interactive experiences that bring your classroom to life, our thematic approach ensures that your goals drive every decision we make together.

A Personal Partner

Once your program is developed, you’ll work directly with an account manager who will be your champion, working directly with our large team of logistical experts, curriculum specialists, and on-the-ground partners. Our loyal clients see their account managers as an integral part of their own university teams, ensuring that your program is uniquely yours each and every year.

Meet our VP of Program Development

JeDSC_7280nnifer Fisher leads a team of WorldStrides’ program development specialists, working directly with new university clients to globalize their curriculum with short-term faculty-led cultural immersion experiences. Jen brings a passion for customized curriculum solutions to this role after more than 20 years working with institutions of higher learning.

To begin customizing your program, give us a call at 1-800-422-2368.

Topics to Explore

In Ireland, you might choose to explore some of the following topics:

Literature

For a relatively small country, Ireland has made an outsized contribution to literature with the likes of James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, and George Bernard Shaw. Much of this literature is deeply connected to Irish history and Irish identity, with works inspired by Gaelic tradition, the struggle for independence, the city of Dublin, and the countryside.

Corporate HQ

Already home to major corporations like Pfizer and the European headquarters of Google and Twitter, Dublin has become an attractive destination for corporations. A low tax rate has been central to encouraging investment. Dublin real estate is readily available and comparatively inexpensive and is also driving demand.

Beer

Yes, beer. Drinking is after all an Irish pastime and also a major contributor to the economy. In total, the alcohol industry contributes more than €2 billion a year to the economy and employs more than 90,000 people. Irish ale (distinct for having no hops) and Irish stout are known worldwide. (For age appropriate groups only!)

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Ireland Now

Modern Ireland manages to retain its time-worn spirit while also moving quickly to the future. After decades of violence and rebellion, it is a more peaceful country today than any time in recent memory. Though it was hit hard by the financial crisis in 2009, it has rebounded from austerity and bailout with a reputation for open trade and low taxation. In fact, Ireland’s economy was the fastest growing in the EU in 2014. Dublin is unquestionably a global city, attracting new and sophisticated industries. The luck of the Irish, it seems, is in full effect.