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When considering Ireland, I was excited about the obvious things - travel, meeting people, etc. What I didn't expect was to intern for Education in Ireland and meet the Prime Minister (photo) and Minister of Education. It was an unforgettable experience, and it all started when I chose KEI.     Read more reviews...

    Chelsea Duke
    University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

Field Trips

KEI organizes cultural activities in Dublin, a field trip to Glendalough and an overnight excursion to Galway (semester only). Students enrolled in the Irish History & Culture course also visit Belfast. Transportation, lodging and admission for planed activities are included in the program fee. KEI reserves the right to change planned excursions for destinations of equal value and interest. Excursions may change based on availability, local festivals and interest. Academic year and multiple term students participate on planned excursions during their first term of study.


Dublin is the capital of Ireland and the political, diplomatic, administrative and commercial center of the country. A Dublin city tour is organized during the orientation period. Additional activities are planned during the semester by the Onsite Director.


Just a short distance outside of Dublin, Glendalough lives up to its traditional name meaning "The Valley of the Two Lakes." It's a peaceful, pastoral scene, perfect for hiking and nature-watching. Perhaps the remote setting was what drew Glendalough's most famous settler, St. Kevin. This early saint retreated to the valley in 6th century and built a monastery. Although the monasterial complex was mostly destroyed in the 8th and 12th centuries, parts of it remain and serve as breathtaking focal points in the countryside.

Galway (Overnight; Semester Only)

Galway, the largest county in Connaught, is celebrated in song and story throughout the world and takes center stage on Ireland's western seaboard. Galway is a spectacularly beautiful county with a medley of contrasts - the wildest and remote countryside teamed with one of Europe's most vibrant and popular cities. Galway City at the mouth of Galway Bay is both a picturesque and lively city with a wonderful avant-garde culture and a fascinating mixture of locally owned speciality shops, often featuring locally made crafts.


Belfast, Northern Ireland's capital, is a port city known as the birthplace of the RMS Titanic and for the 20th century conflict between the IRA and Britain. In recent years, the city has seen a rebirth with restored Victorian architecture, a glittering waterfront lined with modern art, renovated dockyards, a fantastic foodie scene and music-filled pubs. The excursion to Belfast is organized as part of the Irish History & Culture course. Enrollment in the course is required.

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