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2016 Spring Term in Ireland

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

The application period for this program has closed. 

The next anticipated Ireland program will be Spring 2019.

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.

Financial Aid:  Students participating in this program are eligible for the same grants, scholarships and loan eligibility while abroad as they would be for this trimester on campus.  When billed for the program each student will receive a detailed billing statement which reduces the cost of the program in accordance with the student's anticipated financial assistance. 

This program is Augie Choice eligible for all students who have completed 3 terms or 30 credits (sophomore status) or higher at the time of departure.  Transfer students who have also completed 3 terms or 30 credits at Augustana are also eligible for the Augie Choice grant.

Academic Courses for 2016:

  • World Literature 311D: Topics in World Literature (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.