Bridge in Ireland


Ireland offers a heritage of traditional and contemporary culture, with a wealth of artists, museums, entertainment, and historical sites that will inspire student’s study of literature and photography.  Dublin, a UNESCO “City of Literature,” is the major center for Irish art and national history. Ireland’s largest city, Dublin is a hub for artists, food, pubs, art, and museums. Many of the major artists and historical figures that shaped Ireland call Dublin home. Dublin will offer students a captivating and vibrant city that will enrich their studies of Irish culture. Further west is Galway and the Wild Atlantic Way. Students will visit the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands where Irish remains the primary language. The landscapes of Western Ireland served as inspiration for a number of artists who used geography as a means to explore a unique Irish identity. The capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast is more than its Game of Thrones association. A fascinating and complex history, Belfast with Derry present one of the world’s largest collections of cultural and political murals that illustrate the story of Irish history. With its picturesque landscapes, its fascinating social history, and its wealth of art and culture, Dublin and Ireland is where students can become passionate about literature and photography in their study abroad.


  • Located at the center of Dublin, students will board and study at Trinity College, which dates back to 1592.
  • Bloomsday Festival in Dublin, a city-wide celebration of James Joyce’s Ulysses.
  • Events and exhibitions at the James Joyce Center, Dublin Writers Museum, and Museum of Literature Ireland support our reading in Irish literature.
  • A Black Cab Tour with guide of the murals of Belfast.
  • Photography fieldtrip to the Cliffs of Moher and an all-day trip to the Aran Islands. 
  • A visit to the Seamus Heaney HomePlace and Derry’s “Free Derry Museum” to gain insight into the complex political, social, and literary history of Northern Ireland.
  • Fieldtrips to the Dublin Gallery of Photography and Belfast Compact Photo Festival.
  • Events and exhibitions celebrating Galway’s appointment as the European Capital of Culture for 2020.
  • Tour of the old Trinity Library and the Book of Kells exhibition


  • Open to students age 18 and older with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or more. If you are below a 2.00 GPA and place a deposit for this program, it will be returned to you, and you could be assessed a nonrefundable $50 application fee from AIFS. If you’re not sure about your academic status, please check your SRJC portal or contact the Study Abroad coordinator, Patty Warne (
  • Students will be taking ENGL 1B (Literature and Composition) and ART 82 (Beginning Digital Photography). Please see class link for details. 
  • Optional flight transportation package available (minimum 10 students) at additional cost.
  • Accommodations in Dublin (20 nights), Galway (5 nights) and Belfast (7 nights), all with single rooms within a shared apartment/student dorm with shared kitchen and living space, and laundry facilities on site. Linens and towels and free wireless internet are included.

Dublin: Shared apartment/student dorm at Trinity College Dublin. The accommodations are connected to campus via 24-hour footbridge and gated access with keycard.

Galway: Shared apartment/student dorm at NUI (National University of Ireland) Galway. Free shuttle service is provided between the campus and the city center during the day and accommodations are within 30-minute walking distance from the city center.

Belfast: Shared apartment/student dorm at Queen’s Elms Village, Queen’s University Belfast.

  • Transportation included for all excursions and travel days.
  • Leap Card travel pass pre-loaded with €25 for use on buses, Luas and Dart trains in and around Dublin and on some public buses in Galway will be provided. Translink pass for unlimited travel on public transportation in Belfast also included for Belfast section.
  • AIFS will provide experienced staff team in Dublin and dedicated staff member in Galway and Belfast to ensure smooth running of program and provide information and support to the group.
  • Student medical insurance will be included as outlined in the AIFS insurance brochure.



This program is offered to enable students to study abroad while making normal progress toward their degree objectives, and earning units in courses taught by Santa Rosa Junior College faculty. This program is offered in partnership with the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), which arranges transportation, living accommodations, and a wide range of student and instructional support services. Units earned on this trip will appear on transcripts issued by Santa Rosa Junior College.


  • You will be in Ireland from June 7-July 10, 2020. This program will also include mandatory class meetings prior to departure on Monday, June 1 and Tuesday, June 2, from 9:00 am-1:00 pm (ART 82) and 1:00 pm-3:00 pm (ENGL 1B). We will also hold a separate pre-departure meeting to be conducted by AIFS.
  • Depart the U.S.: Sunday, June 7, 2020
  • Arrive Dublin: Monday, June 8, 2020
  • Transfer to Galway: Tuesday, June 23, 2020
  • Transfer to Belfast: Sunday, June 28, 2020
  • Transfer to Dublin: Sunday, July 5, 2020
  • Depart Dublin: Friday, July 10, 2020


  • Friday, March 6, 2020. Please note that this program is first come, first served and once it reaches its full capacity of 30 students, the program will be closed.

SPRING 2020 INFORMATION SESSIONS (for Summer 2020 departure) 


Professors Tony Ruiz ( and Jessica Layton (, our instructors to Ireland, will be offering the following informational meetings during the Fall 2019 semester (and will schedule more in early spring). These meetings are open to all interested in the program, and parents are welcome.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 4 from 12:00-1:00 pm in Doyle 4401, 3rd floor Doyle Library (SR Campus)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 12:00-1:00 pm in Doyle 4248, ground floor Doyle Library (SR Campus)
  • Friday, Feb. 21 from 12:00-1:00 pm in Doyle 4248, ground floor Doyle Library (SR Campus)

Click here for the PDF printable flyer of Information Meetings Schedule.


  • Financial Aid: Unfortunately, there is very little financial aid in the summer and there are no summer loans. Students can possibly get the California Promise Grant (formerly known as the BOG fee waiver) based on their current FAFSA.


Refund requests must be done in writing to AIFS. They accept emails and that is generally the easiest way (

  • Friday, March 20, 2020: Last day to request refund of $450 deposit less $150 in processing and nonrefundable deposit fees.
  • Tuesday, April 21, 2020: Total program fee is due. NO REFUND OF PAYMENTS after this date.
  • You are responsible for checking the AIFS Agreement & Release form about any refund dates and potential cancellation fees! Students who withdraw after March 20, 2020, could be liable and billed by AIFS for cancelled bookings (such as airfare, etc.).