Celtic Culture and Identity:
Scotland-Ireland Summer Program


  • Spend an exciting summer in the historic cities of Edinburgh and Dublin! View program dates here.

  • Earn up to 7 credits studying Celtic Identity through the development of Christianity in Scotland and Ireland.

  • Gain an understanding of how the past shapes the present of these two fascinating cultures.

  • Take an optional additional course in History or Geology from Arcadia's Scottish Studies program in partnership with the University of Edinburgh.


Study for four weeks in the city of Edinburgh learning about Scotland's distant past and Celtic identity, followed by one week of field study in Dublin. The program’s location in the lively cosmopolitan cities of Edinburgh and Dublin will allow you to explore each city’s rich history and unique culture.

Course Description

What is 'Celtic Christianity'? Where do its roots lie? How can it shed light on Scotland's distant past? This exciting and challenging program will unpack the popular concept of Celtic Christianity, and help you gain a deeper understanding of the identity of the Celtic-speaking peoples during medieval times.

The course examines the different perceptions of Celtic life and the Christian religion in a variety of key early medieval Scottish textual and archaeological sources. In the final week the course and students transfer to Ireland, for comparative study of Irish textual and archaeological sources on Celtic Christianity as a concept that pertains to regions other than Scotland.

Download a full program syllabus here.


  • Summer: 4 or 7 credits.


Students will be housed in single rooms in shared apartments.

Admission Requirements

GPA Requirements: 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.

You must be in good academic standing and not on disciplinary probation. You need to submit a complete application including a transcript, letter of recommendation and an advisor's form before your application will be considered.

Application Deadlines

  • Summer: March 31