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2016 Spring Term in Ireland

Spend Your Spring on the Emerald Isle.   2016 Spring Term in Ireland

A term in Ireland provides Augustana students with an opportunity to fulfill college requirements in a beautiful island with a unique culture. While it is technically part of Europe, Ireland has always had a culture in many ways outside of mainstream European traditions. Ireland's relative isolation over the centuries kept outside influence to a minimum and traditional culture at a maximum. Now a prosperous modern society, Ireland is known to possess the youngest, best educated population in Europe while retaining many of the old customs and attitudes that make it a unique land of intriguing people.

The Irish language is the oldest Indo-European language outside India. Its mythology, too, has more in common with Hinduism than with Greece and Rome and Ireland boasts the oldest surviving pre-Christian lore of Europe. In short, Ireland is your chance to visit the exotic without mastering a foreign language.

We will divide our term in Ireland among two main locations, Galway in the West and Dublin in the East, with numerous excursions to outlying cities.

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From these centers we will visit castles, prehistoric sites, museums, and abbeys in the surrounding countryside.  Some places we might visit include: Rath Croghan, The Burren, The Rock of Cashel, Glendalough, Saint Patrick's Purgatory, Ben Bulben, monastic ruins throughout the country, the ring forts on the Inish Islands and the Dingle Peninsula, and castles throughout, particularly O'Brien's Tower on the Cliffs of Moher, Yeat's Thoor Ballylee, and Joyce's Martello Tower. In Dublin we will see monuments of Irish history: Kilmainham Gaol, The GPO, The National Museum, O'Connell Street, St. Stephen's Green, Grafton Street, Temple Bar, Dublin Castle, and of course, St. Patrick's Cathedral.

We will also have a brief stay in Belfast Northern Ireland and will visit the Giant's Causeway and tour the murals of the different ethnic neighborhoods.

Faculty Contact:  Dr. Joseph McDowell (English)           

Program Dates:  March-May 2016

Program Cost:  The 2016 program is tentatively set at $15,330. The program fee includes tuition, ground transportation, lodging, all meals (food stipend), excursions, and international health insurance.  The fee does not include airfare or discretionary spending.

Academic Courses for 2016:

  • World Literature 310: Myths, Legends & Story in the Irish Landscape (PL).  Dr. J. McDowell
  • Biology 385 (PN) Applied Ecology.  Dr. D. Wegman-Geedey
  • Music 3xx (PA): The Music of Ireland.  Dr. R. Elfline
  • ISS 304:  Seminar on Irish Culture.  Team-Taught

A total of 10 credits available on this program.  Participating students will enroll for all 4 courses offered.


 This program is open only to full-time Augustana students. 

Funds from Augie Choice are available for this program to any student with sophomore status at the time of the program departure.