Ireland in the Spring

Kylemore Abbey castle near a lake in Ireland

Program Information

Each year, students have the opportunity to spend spring semester in Ireland at the College of St. Scholastica's Study Center in Louisburgh, an unspoiled village in County Mayo. Louisburgh is on the west coast of the Republic of Ireland, only a short distance from Clew Bay, Croagh Patrick, and the bustling little town of Westport. Students live in fully furnished holiday cottages on the edge of the village, only a brief walk away from the center of Louisburgh and a slightly longer walk away from miles of beautiful beach. 

The program consists of four 4-credit courses; topics and faculty change yearly. Irish guest lecturers and a combination of day trips, three-day trips, and a five-day trip ensure that participants visit almost all of the Republic of Ireland and gain first-hand knowledge of the people and culture. The Spring in Ireland program is open to students at CSS and other institutions upon successful application. Please note that the Ireland in the Spring Program is not available to students in their first year of college.

Group of students standing in front of Blarney Castle in Ireland

Travel Plans 

Location: Louisburgh, County Mayo, Republic of Ireland.
A short distance from Clew Bay on the west road.

Time: Spring Semester
Leave Minneapolis (estimate): January 27, 2016
Begin classes in Louisburgh (estimate): February 1, 2016
Leave Louisburgh for home or further travel: May 10, 2016

During the time at Louisburgh there will be four day trips, two three-day trips, a five-day trip, and a six-day trip. With this much travel, most of the Republic of Ireland is visited. For information on contacting students or faculty that are participating in a current Ireland study program, please email Steve Lyons.

Contact Information While Abroad

Mailing Address in Ireland:Four female students standing along ocean shore Croagh Patrick, Ireland
Student's Name
College of St. Scholastica Study Center
Louisburgh, County Mayo
Republic of Ireland

Telephone Numbers (there are no phones in the cottages):
Holiday Cottages: 011-353-98-66470 (pay phone)
In case of emergency, if no one is reached at the cottage number, call the manager's office:
011-353-98-66380 or email:

Explanation of telephone numbers:
011: international access code
353: country code for Ireland
98-66380: city/region and telephone number

Contact Us 

Steve LyonsSteve Lyons Headshot
Vice President for Student Affairs
Tower Hall
Room 2145
(218) 723-6167

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