Co-Curricular Learning Certificate

Ireland Co-Curricular Learning Certificate

The Co-Curricular Learning Certificate is a record of the student’s non-academic co-curricular and extra-curricular learning experiences. The CLC is a self-directed opportunity organized under a series of themes explained at orientation. Students spend a prescribed amount of hours engaged in activities that contribute to the completion of a reflective piece. The work is assessed by The College of Global Studies and the certificate is awarded to students meeting the criteria.  

Students in Ireland may choose from the following themes:


Irish Identity

Students participate in the weekend trips offered by Arcadia each semester and explore the multiple identities inherent in Irish culture. Visitors to Ireland are frequently struck by the many-layered and multiple aspects of identity in Ireland due to its long and complicated history. These weekend trips are designed to give students the opportunity to compare and contrast their own American notions of identity and to engage more deeply in unraveling the various aspects of Irish identity.

Students studying in the Republic are eligible for a weekend trip to Northern Ireland and Belfast which includes discussions of the “Troubles” and a city tour of the murals. It gives students an excellent opportunity to examine the parameters of identity in Northern Ireland which differ markedly from what they are accustomed to in the States.

Students who are studying in Northern Ireland (and full year students from the Republic in the spring) are eligible for a weekend trip to Galway and the Aran Islands. The Aran Islands are one of the remaining strongholds of the Irish language and students who have had time to become familiar with the varying identities of Northern Ireland will have an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the impact of maintaining the mother tongue on identity formation.

Irish Campus Life

Students gain a greater understanding of Irish campus life through participating and reflecting upon an activity that is both culturally relevant and previously unexplored by the student. A deeper understanding of the fabric of Irish cultural life is garnered by the student in an activity which is culturally unique (i.e. step dancing or traditional music, Irish sports) or by contributing to the campus community as a whole (student newspaper, drama, service organization, student government).

Roots of Irish America

Students explore Irish American ancestry from historical, sociological, political, and economic perspectives. Through museum site visits, genealogical research, analysis of folk narratives, and familiarization with key themes related to Irish American emigration, such as famine, transportation, and economic disparity, students develop a thorough understanding of their own American heritage and that of their Irish counterparts.

The Gaeltachtaí: Discovery through Language Acquisition

Students gain mastery in the Irish Gaelic language through interaction in the Gaeltachtaí, or Irish-speaking districts of the country. Through recurring observation, description, interaction and analysis of the sites and people in the area, students explore issues of contemporary literature, art, sport, commerce and communication and develop a “treasure trove” of understanding for contemporary Irish life.

Community Service in Ireland

Students learn to be committed to a multi-cultural volunteer group, demonstrate a heightened level of intercultural communication and develop an enhanced knowledge of Irish culture and the routines of daily life, leading to a greater sense of integration in the local community. Students lend voluntary support to a group or local organization involved in providing services to a variety of populations in Ireland.