Cal Poly Global Program: Stories in Ireland - Summer 2019

On this 4-week, 8-unit summer program in Dublin, students will experience 'place' in a deeper way through story and storytelling. Learn about the ancient stories of the Irish culture and landscape, and visit the locations where the stories took place!

Live in student apartments in Dublin, take faculty-led field trips around the city, experience guided excursions around Ireland, and earn Cal Poly academic credit! Courses are taught by Cal Poly faculty and local Irish faculty.

Welcome to Dublin, Ireland

This program is based in downtown Dublin. It includes several local faculty-led field trips and activities around Dublin, a student-selected day trip within the Republic of Ireland, plus a two day / one night excursion to Northern Ireland.

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This program is open to undergraduate students in all majors.


  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Not actively on academic probation
  • Good disciplinary standing

Minimum Enrollment

  • 18 students

Maximum Enrollment

  • 25 students

How to Apply

Before you apply to this program, please attend a Study Abroad 101 Workshop and complete the Advising Module. The online application for this program opens on December 1, 2018. Click the 'Apply Now' button to get started (button will appear on this page on Dec 1st).

It will take approximately 30 minutes to complete the application. No letters of recommendation or transcripts are required. The application process does involve a brief essay in which you describe how this program is a good fit for you, and why you are a strong candidate for participation. The application deadline is February 1, 2019. Applications will be reviewed after the deadline, and you will be notified of your application status by February 15, 2019.

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The academic focus of this program is to provide students with an opportunity to experience the concept of 'place' in a deeper way through story and storytelling. Students will learn about the ancient stories of the Irish culture and landscape through a variety of coursework, activities, and excursions.

Course # Course Title Unit
LS 310 Storytelling 4
WLC 310 Humanities in World Cultures 4

Contact information:

Office Phone: 805-756-1328
Office Location: Bldg: 25 Rm: 125-E

Russell Swanagon

Faculty Leader: Russell Swanagon is a professor of storytelling and children’s literature at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He has a special interest in the application of story and oral traditional literature in education, the healing arts and organizations. As a storyteller and educator, Russell has an affinity for the ancient stories of Ireland and the strong tradition of storytelling in Irish culture.

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