Augustana College printing logo

Spring Term in Ireland (Spring 2013)

Celtic CrossSpend Your Spring on the Emerald Isle. 

The next Ireland Term is anticipated in Spring of 2016.

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 11 weeks in Ireland among two main locations, with numerous excursions to outlying cities.

  • Galway - in the West
  • Dublin - in the East

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 Contacts:  Dr. Joseph McDowell (English), Dr. Jason Koontz (Biology), Dr. Adam Kaul (Anthropology)

Program Dates:  March-May 2013

Program Cost:  2013 Costs were $15,000, approximately $1,200 above on-campus cost.

Includes:  Tuition, Ground Transportation, Lodging, all meals (food stipend), Excursions, Insurance

Does not include:  Airfare, discretionary spending

Courses Available in 2013:  World Literature 310: Literature & Land in Ireland (PL), Biology 327: Natural History of Ireland (PN), Anthropology 310: The Anthropology of Ireland (PS), ISS Seminar (1 credit).  Total of 10 credits available.


 This program is open only to full-time Augustana students.  Funds from Augie Choice are available for this program to any student with Junior status (60 credits or more) at the time of the program departure.