Ireland Spring 2019

Picture of Coastal view in Donegal, Ireland
Picture of Coastal view in Donegal, Ireland

This is a BC faculty-led program. For more details or to start application, please contact Prof. Tim Jones,, or (425) 564-2010

Program Fee (INCLUDING housing, airfare and most meals): $1,800

Application and $500 deposit Due: Feb 1, 2019

Applications must be turned into Tim Jones (A200B or by no later than Friday, January 18th, 2019 by 12 pm. Important Note: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis so the sooner you turn in your application the better.

Program date:

Depart U.S.: Friday, April 19, 2019

Depart Ireland: Tuesday, April 29, 2019

Course: CMST 261 Radio News Broadcasting 5 cr.

POLS 204 Comparative Politics 5 cr.

Students will register for both courses and earn 10 credits from the program. Students will meet for seminars on Bellevue College campus before and after the trip.

Faculty/Program lead: Tim Jones

Program at a Glance

Program alumni, Jesse, posing on a rock in Donegal Ireland
Program alumni, Jesse Defelice, posing on a rock in Donegal, Ireland while attending the program in Spring of 2018

This program represents a unique opportunity for BC students to go abroad to learn more about peace, justice, sustainability and journalism from a comparative perspective. Specifically, the program includes a twelve-day trip to Ireland organized in partnership with the Institute of Study Abroad (ISA) Ireland ( (See the linked article “Why in the World Go to Ireland?”by our program host Niamh Hamill, Ph.D.)

The trip will include approximately 35 people—including 30 students (15 from Bellevue College and 15 from Olympic College), several professors, and Steve Scher, a journalist and former KUOW radio host. We will fly in and out of Dublin, Ireland, but for most of the trip we will based in Bundoran, which is a seaside down in County Donegal. From Bundoran we will visit various locations in the North of Ireland, including Yeats Country, Cavan Burren, Donegal Abbey, O’Donnell Abbey, Donegal Castle, Sliabh Liag, and Derry City.

In order to travel to Ireland as part of this experience students MUST sign up for ten credits: five credits of Political Science—either POLS 204 (Introduction to Comparative Politics) or POLS 299 (Individual Studies in Political Science)—and five credits in Communication Studies—either CMST 261 (Radio News Broadcasting) or CMST 299 (Special Projects in Communication). These classes will be taught in tandem by Tim Jones (Senior Associate Professor of Political Science at Bellevue College) and Steve Scher (freelance journalist and former KUOW radio host). The dates of the classes will not line up exactly with the dates of Spring quarter because much of the course content will be covered during the trip to Ireland (April 19-30, 2019), but students will be required to meet and do work before and after the above travel dates in order to prepare for and process what happens in Ireland.

In POLS 204 (Comparative Politics), students will be introduced to the comparative method, learn about Irish history, culture, and politics with a focus on peace, justice and sustainability. Comparisons will be made between the Irish Catholic experience in Ireland with the African American experience in the United States.

In CMST 261 (Radio News Broadcasting), students will be introduced to journalism, including interviewing, storytelling, and podcasting. Students will be tasked with collecting audio related to their interests on the trip itself, and then creating podcasts individually and in small groups, which will be shared online and with local radio stations such as our own KBCS. To hear some of the student podcasts from last year, visit:

This program of study will NOT be like a regular course, not even close. Instead it will be an intense, immersive learning experience that will give students a chance to dive deep—reallydeep—into issues related to peace, justice, sustainability, and conflict resolution.


Program Costs

Program Fee: $1800 ($500 deposit to hold acceptance)

Includes flight, accommodations (at Atlantic Apartotel in Bundoran), in-country transportation, all breakfasts, dinners, and most lunches, field trips, admission charges, cultural and outdoor activities including equipment hire and wetsuits, and tour guides.

Incidental Expenses: $100-$200

E.g., traveler’s insurance, some meals, souvenirs, etc.


Participation Requirements

• Must be able to be gone for twelve days, including eight days of school (April 19-30, 2019);
• Must be willing to share a room with other students or pay the additional cost for a single;
• Must abide by the BC rules of student conduct during the trip to Ireland;
• Must have health insurance (If you do not have insurance, you must purchase Summit Insurance provided by Bellevue College) during the trip;
• Must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher;
• Must sign up for five credits of Political Science (POLS 204 or POLS 299) and five credits of Communication Studies (COM 261 or 299);
• Must commit to working before and after the trip to fulfill the credits, including all pre-departure and post-return meetings. The meeting schedule will be created in consultation with student participants once all students have been selected;
• Must be willing to fully participate in the classes, including pre-departure readings and videos, writing and reflection assignments during the trip, and a post-return project; and presentation summarizing your experience;
• Must be able to pay a $1800 co-pay (possibly less depending on fundraising and flights costs) and cover other incidental expenses (snacks, souveniers, etc.) on the trip.


Last Updated January 22, 2019