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The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University Celtic Connections Undergraduate Certificate is designed for students studying in regions with a Celtic heritage to learn of the Irish, Scottish, and Welsh sense of identity, to understand their current connections to each other, to the United Kingdom, to the larger European Union and to the globalized world generally.

The Celtic Connections Certificate Program not only draws upon the extensive resources of The College of Global Studies, but is also based on and closely tied to the mission of both The College of Global Studies and Arcadia University.


The CCC consists of coursework of at least 18-20 semester hours of credit in interdisciplinary Celtic Connections studies in humanities, social sciences, business and sciences in The College of Global Studies Celtic Connections Program. There are two options for completing the Certificate:

Option 1

Students must study in two different programs of The College of Global Studies from among the following locations: Scotland, Wales, Ireland or England (links to eligible programs below.)

Students can create a certificate based on their specific field of interest, for example: current politics and/or history of Scotland, Wales or Ireland, social sciences for these same regions, European integration and the regions, post-colonial studies, literature in English from these regions, literature in translation from the Celtic languages, study of a Celtic language (modern or medieval), archaeology, folklore, music, etc., of Scotland, Wales or Ireland.

Republic of Ireland

University College Cork

National University of Ireland, Galway

University of Limerick

Maynooth University

Trinity College, Dublin

University College Dublin

Dublin Parliamentary Internship Program

Northern Ireland

Queen’s University, Belfast


University of Aberdeen

University of Edinburgh

University of Glasgow

University of St Andrews

University of Stirling 

Scottish Parliamentary Program


Bangor University

Swansea University


University of York

Students are required to complete a minimum of 18-20 semester hour credits, including the capstone research project.

Option 2

Students who study at one of The College’s programs in Ireland, Scotland, or Wales for one semester and take a full credit load in Celtic Connections related subjects also have the option of pursuing a certificate. Students are required to complete a minimum of 18-20 semester hour credits, including the capstone research project. A total of 4 semester hour credits of coursework in Celtic Connections specific options may be transferred from the student’s home institution into the certificate. Students pursing either Option 1 or 2 may wish to concentrate their efforts into one of the following four areas of specialization:

  • Welsh Studies: subject options include Welsh history, politics, sociology, folklore, Welsh language, Welsh literature in translation, modern Welsh literature in English, etc.
  • Scottish Studies: subject options include Scottish history, politics, sociology, folklore, Scottish Gaelic language, Scottish Gaelic literature in translation, modern Scottish literature in English, etc.
  • Irish Studies: subject options include Irish history, politics, sociology, folklore, Irish Gaelic language, Irish Gaelic literature in translation, modern Irish literature in English, etc.
  • Celtic Studies: subjects include a mandatory Celtic language (Welsh, Scottish Gaelic, Irish Gaelic, Manx, Cornish, Breton), either medieval or modern, Celtic literature in translation, folklore, archaeology, history of Celtic cultures, etc.

Students in the Celtic Connections Certificate Program will have the opportunity to engage in a wide range of learning experiences from courses to research, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.


Any student who qualifies to study on a program through The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University is eligible to apply for the certificate program in Celtic Connections. Application for the certificate is to be made to The College of Global Studies.

  • Students must successfully complete the coursework with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher in all courses and academic experiences.
  • Students are also required to complete a capstone research project (a 5-6,000 word research paper or presentation of equivalent work) in a field related to Celtic Connections for 4 semester hours of credit. The capstone research project is supervised by a faculty member from The College of Global Studies program with oversight by The College’s Academic Dean.
  • The student will be expected to give an oral presentation of the project to the faculty supervisor at the end of the program.

Your Program

In consultation with the Arcadia Center’s Program Manager and Academic Dean, the students will begin to design their academic program during the application process for study abroad on The College of Global Studies programs, and complete the process in-country with an academic advisor from each of the two institutions where they will be studying.

All coursework must be taken in the programs of The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University, except for four credits in Celtic Connections from the student’s home university that will count towards the certificate. Credit from the program may be applied independently to the student’s home institution, as is the case normally for study abroad, and according to the policy and procedures of that institution.


Arcadia University, through The College of Global Studies, monitors and determines that the certificate is complete, and it keeps record of certificates earned and issued. The process will be similar to the issuing of official Arcadia University transcripts for study on The College of Global Studies programs. All students, upon completion of their studies, will receive an official Arcadia University transcript.